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January 11, 2023

Emergency Passport Services

Only in case of emergency can the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown issue a passport locally.  Examples might include illness of the traveler and need for medical treatment in the United States, grave illness or death of a close family member, or imminent scheduled return travel to the United States after a passport has been lost or stolen.

An emergency passport will have limited validity and may not be extended.  U.S. citizens receiving such passports must re-apply to have their limited-validity passports replaced by a regular passport.  There is no additional cost for the replacement passport so long as you apply for it before the emergency passport expires.

To apply for an emergency passport, you must use the correct form.  Visit Find the Form You Need to learn more about completing and submitting the correct form. If you are unsure which form you need, the Passport Wizard under How to Apply can guide you to the correct one.