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Emergency Passport Services

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS SERVICE

Unless you qualify to mail in your passport application, appointments are required. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and consulates in Japan have resumed routine American Citizen Services with limited appointment availability.

An emergency passport is limited to one year or less, and does not have an embedded electronic chip.

CAUTION: Some countries may not accept an emergency passport and you could be refused entry by immigration officials or denied boarding by airline personnel. We strongly recommend that you research the entry and exit requirements of your destination before you travel. Country specific information can be found on the Department of State website.

To Apply For an Emergency Passport

The Embassy/Consulates can issue emergency passports under very specific and limited circumstances. Emergency passports are normally limited in validity and cannot be extended. Furthermore, you must appear at the Embassy or Consulate in person, during business hours, to apply. In most cases, emergency passports can be issued on the same day. If you believe you have a qualifying circumstance, please book an appointment from this page.

Required Documents

The documents and fee necessary to apply for an emergency passport are the same as those for a regular passport. Please click here to return to the requirements for all passport types.

Notes

In some cases, 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. However, Japanese immigration may refuse exit using an expired passport, and the final decision of whether or not travelers are allowed to board a flight to the U.S. resides with the airline. The U.S. Embassy cannot intercede with the airline’s decision to board an individual. The U.S. Embassy strongly suggests anyone with urgent travel needs to apply for an emergency passport at the nearest embassy or consulate.

Renewing Emergency Passports

For renewing your Emergency passport, please click here.