Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport
If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. See this page for more information.
U.S. Passport Applications
Consistent with current measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Cyprus, routine U.S. citizen services are limited, including passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications. We will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. If your current passport is/was issued when you were age 16 or over, is/was valid for ten years and has not expired more than five years ago, we highly encourage you to send your passport application by mail. Otherwise, see important instructions below for making a passport appointment at the U.S. Embassy.
U.S. passport holders who will have less than six months validity on their passport and have upcoming international travel should consider renewing their passports as soon as possible. It is especially important to also check the passports of any minors who may be travelling. Passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years) and thus may expire sooner.
Importing Information Regarding Your Visit
- Please do not come to the Embassy if you or a family member are sick or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have been told by authorities to self-isolate.
- Our waiting room is small and with social distancing requirements, we cannot have many simultaneous visitors. Follow the instructions below or you will be not be admitted to the Embassy:
- All visitors are required to wear their own face covering.
- Arrive at the North Gate entrance 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. We recommend you bring an umbrella in case it rains or if you are sensitive to sun in the summer as shade is limited at certain times of the day.
- Bring your forms fully completed and the required original supporting documentation as noted in the options below. If your forms are not prepared, you may be asked to complete them outside of the Embassy or to reschedule.
- Observe social distancing at all times as indicated by the posted instructions and the spacing of seats in the waiting room.
- Except for parents of children 17 and under, do not bring family members who do not have appointments.
Delivery by Postal Service Required
The U.S. Embassy is unable to provide routine pick-up of new passports at the Embassy. You must bring a stamped (€2.50) self-addressed envelope to your appointment in order to receive your new passport via Cyprus Post. One envelope should be provided per applicant. If you are also receiving a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), your envelope should be A4 size.
Social Security Number Requirement
You must include your Social Security number on your passport application. Your application will not be processed until you provide your Social Security number or provide a signed statement that you have never been issued one. For further information regarding this requirement, please refer to travel.state.gov.
For information on how to apply for a Social Security number please write to FBU.Athens@ssa.gov.
Third Party Attendance at Passport and CRBA Appointment Interviews
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
- Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
- Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
- The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
- It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
- Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
- Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
- To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
- The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
- No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
- Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
- During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
- Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
- Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.