Your old passport has already expired and you need to renew it, but you have visas that are still valid in your old expired passport. What do you do? Fortunately, there are some simple tips to know when it comes to renewing your passport and keeping your old visas. Learn how to renew your passport but keep your visas. Many countries provide visas that may extend past the validity of your passport. Brazil, China, and Russia often issue visas that may last 10 years, so it’s very likely your passport will expire before the visa expires. But you may not need to apply for a new visa. Keep reading to learn how to travel with two passports and keep your previously issued passport and visas.
When you apply for a passport renewal, you will be issued a new passport and your old passport will also be returned to you. If your visa in the old passport is still valid, then you can travel with your two passports (the newly issued passport and the previously expired passport). The visa must be valid, not damaged, and the appropriate type of visa required for your principal purpose of travel. You will need to travel with both passports (the expired one and the newly issued one). Both passports (the valid and the expired one with the visa) should be from the same country and type (Example: both Uruguayan regular passports, both official passports, etc.). When you arrive at Customs and Immigration, the Border Officer will check your visa in the old passport and if they decide to admit you, they will stamp your new passport with an admission stamp along with some instructions that explain the visa is in the other passport.
Do not try to remove the visa from your old passport and stick it into the new valid passport. Travelers that do this will invalidate the visa and potentially invalidate their passport. It is common practice to travel with two passports if your passport expired but the visas are still valid. It may seem weird, but this is a common practice around the world.
How to Renew Your Passport But Keep Your Visas
My visa to travel to (Brazil, Russia, China, etc) is still valid but in my expired passport. Do I need to apply for a new visa with my new passport? No! You can renew your passport and travel with your old passport for the visa and your new passport for the citizenship requirement.