Typically, to meet the physical presence test, you must reside in a foreign country or countries for a minimum of 330 full days during a 12-month period. Days can be counted spent abroad for any reason, as long as your tax home is in a foreign country. The 12-month period can start any day of the month, so that it provides you the greatest exclusion. In IRS Revenue Procedure 2020-27, the IRS waived the time requirements outlined in the Bona Fide Residence and Physical Presence tests if you returned to the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Need help filing? Contact Expatriate Tax Returns!