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Passport Validity
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Passport Validity

  • Travel to the U.S.:  You may travel to the United States on your U.S. passport up until the day on which it expires.
  • Travel to Comoros: Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure with three blank pages. If your passport does not meet Madagascar requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes.

Please note the Government of France does not recognize the 12-page U.S. emergency passport, issued by U.S. embassies and consulates overseas, as a valid travel document for visa-free entry into France. If traveling on this emergency passport, you may be refused boarding and/or entry by immigration officials. Only direct transit through France for a destination in the United States is permitted with an emergency passport. You should check entry requirements of any other country of destination to make sure the emergency passport is accepted for entry.

Entering the U.S.

According to Section 215 of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185), it is illegal for an American citizen to enter or leave the U.S. on anything other than an American passport.

This applies to dual citizens as well, meaning that persons holding e.g. both Malagasy and American citizenship and passports must enter and leave the U.S. on a U.S. passport. They may not enter/leave the U.S. on a foreign passport. This applies to children as well as adults.