Validity passport USA

Validity passport for trips to the US

Traveling into the US is only allowed if the passport used to travel meets the requirements for the validity for the United States. Check before submitting an ESTA application if your passport meets these standards to avoid trouble.

General passport requirements

To travel to the USA, travelers each need to possess their own passport. This also applies to children; being written up in the passport of their parents is not enough. This passport needs to have a digital chip with biometric information about the holder, and a machine-readable part. Most current-day passports have a machine-readable part. Older passports, however, might not always have a digital chip with biometric data. To check this, the following e-symbol should be on the front of the passport.

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Requirements validity passport

The US requires that all travelers possess a passport that is valid for the entirety of their stay in the USA. There are no further requirements. For instance, the passport does not need to be valid for a certain minimum period after the date of arrival, which can be the case with other countries.

Changing names

If your name has changed, for instance through a marriage or divorce, both your ESTA and your passport need to contain your new name. If either your passport or your ESTA still mentions your old name, you will need to apply for a new version with your new name.

Other requirements ESTA

Aside from a passport, travelers to the USA need to meet the other requirements of the ESTA. Read more about this on the page about the general validity requirements of the ESTA.

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What to do if the passport is not valid

Does the passport not meet the validity requirements to travel to the USA? Then a new passport needs to be applied for. This can be done at the city hall. It is essential that a new passport is applied for first, before submitting an ESTA application. So: only after the new passport has been issued, can it be used to submit an ESTA application. If an ESTA was applied for earlier with the old passport (which is not valid for long enough), the ESTA is no longer valid. In that case, a new ESTA application needs to be submitted with the new passport. Make sure that the passport is traveler with that was used in the ESTA application.

Emergency passport

Applying for a new passport can takes several days to weeks. If there isnt enough time left to go through the regular application procedure of the passport, inform at the municipality if it’s possible to get an emergency passport. It’s important that the emergency passport is an electronic passport; paper emergency passports do not suffice to travel to the USA.