Your flights are booked, you’ve reserved a room with a breathtaking view, and you know exactly what excursions you’ll be taking part in – your perfect vacation in Thailand awaits! As you reminisce on past trips, you decide to take a look at all the passport stamps you’ve collected over the years. No. It can’t be. With one turn of a page, it seems that your dream vacation is slipping away before your very eyes. You’ve noticed that your passport has expired and there’s only one week before your trip. Now what?
Considering that your passport only expires once every ten years, it can be extremely easy to overlook the expiration date while planning an international trip. Even worse, some destinations require six months’ validity on your passport. So what can you do if you’re one of those unfortunate travelers who forgot to check their passport’s expiration date? Is it possible to travel on an expired passport?
Are There Any Loopholes That Allow Someone to Travel on an Expired Passport?
The short answer is, no. The only way anyone ever gets through airport security with an expired passport is with pure luck, and hoping that the airport they’re in has a poor security system. Even if you somehow make it through security with an expired passport, you could potentially end up stuck at your vacation destination once customs realizes that your passport is invalid. The last thing you want to happen after a long flight is to be told you’re going right back where you came from.
Overall, what will likely happen if you try and travel on an expired passport is that you’ll get stopped by airport security, and will be denied boarding your flight. Say goodbye to that long-awaited vacation.
How Swift Can Help Get a New Passport in Your Hands
If you have an expired passport, don’t risk it – use Swift’s expedited passport service instead! When you use our expedited passport service, you could have a new passport in hand within one to three business days. As soon as you realize your passport is expired, please give us a call at (877) 917-9438 and we’d be happy to work with you to get a new passport in your hands before your trip.
Even if you’ve only realized that your passport is expired 24 hours before your trip, there’s still a chance that we can get you a passport. Our knowledgeable team will work with you to explore every single possibility of getting you a new passport by the deadline.
An out of date passport cannot help you travel internationally or even domestically. Although, it can serve as a second form of identification for situations such as making a big purchase that requires two forms of identification, or you can hang onto it for the stamps that you’ve collected.
Please, don’t take the chance of trying to get to your destination on an expired passport. Contact our passport and visa experts today to begin the process of renewing your passport so that you don’t miss a single second of your getaway. No matter where you’re traveling, we’ll get you there!