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My passport expires in 6 months – what do I do?

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  • edited 8:46AM
    Trish - as a UK passport holder travelling in EU you only need a valid passport, even if its expires with a few weeks/days.
  • edited January 2010
    I am travelling to Mexico Feb 2nd returning Feb 9th 2010 and just realised my UK passport expires March 17th 2010. Although I am a British citizen and hold a British passport. I live in Canada and am a Canadian resident. I hold a valid Permanent Residency card. Does the 6 month rule apply? I read somewhere else that the 6 month rule is not mandatory and that I will have no problems entering and exiting Mexico. Thanks
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi there. I am travelling to Mexico from Ireland on the 24th May, just for a week. I've just noticed that my passport expires July 9th this year. If I renew my passport does that mean that I need to change my flight booking or is my flight still valid, as I used a current passport when making my flights? Or is my current passport fine as it is for this trip?
    Also as I have a connecting flight in the US does this mean that I will face problems there regarding entry with my passport.

    All help appreciated.
    Darren
  • edited 8:46AM
    Have a look at our guide to Passport expiry issues - I hope this helps? Is so please post a reply.
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  • edited 8:46AM
    Thank you for your response. I had read this on the 1st post of this forum, but because it did not specifiy Mexico as being less rigid on the 6 month rule for British citizens I thought I would ask the question. Just to share for anyone else interested I did phone the Mexican Embassy in Ottawa and the Mexican Consultate in Toronto and they said it would be fine to travel with less than 6 months validity on a UK passport. They also specified that having a Permanent Residency Card of Canada was of benefit.

    So, Darren why don't you call the Mexican Embassy in Ireland to double check.

    Thanks
  • edited 8:46AM
    i have a passport that expirers in june 2010 and i want to go to spain in may 2010 would i be able to travel without buying a new passport?
  • edited 8:46AM
    hi,

    I have Pakistani Passport, presently am studying in Belgium, I need to apply for UK and US visa to attend some conferences, but my passport expires in less than 6 months. Do I need a new passport or I can still apply?
    Best regards,
  • edited 8:46AM
    hey there,

    thanks so much for the information on here! i am hoping to go to asia (thailand, cambodia, vietnam and laos) in dec 10/jan 11 and my passport runs out on 29th may 2011 so i guess i would need a new one? would i just apply like usual before i go and take both passports? thanks!!
  • edited 8:46AM
    i will like to travel to Israel on the date 29/08/2010 how ever my passport will expire 2 months from then. i have an understanding that some countries you can not travel unless your passport is valid for another 6 months, (mine will be 2 months) is Israel one of those countries or will i still be aloud to travel?
    can you please reply to me on lfernandobarrios@hotmail.com
    thank you
  • edited 8:46AM
    Fernando, all passports need to be valid for 6 months from the intended date of entering Israel. You may not need a visa though if you are Spanish or Portuguese.
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hello travel experts,
    My girlfriend and I recently bought tickets to London for Mid March with a 1 day trip to Paris (via Euorstar). However my girlfriends passport expires in May 2010. Not sure what information to believe on the web and I'm trying to decide whether to do an expedited renewal. We both have US passports and currently reside in the US. Help?!

    Cheers,
    Joe
  • edited 8:46AM
    Question I have:
    If canadian Citizen is in Croatia with valid Canadin Passport. Let's say Canadian Passport expires on March 31, and Canadian Citizen is returning to Canada on the expiraton date. IS passort techincally still valid for return trip to Canada or does Canadian CItizen must return to Canada 3 months priror to Canadian Passpoert expiraton date. I always believed that your passport must be still 3 or 6 months prior you re-Enter Canada?
  • edited 8:46AM
    Same old problem...
    I am a Swedish citizen living in New Zealand with a passport valid till November 2010. I will be flying into Singapore in June (being a couple of weeks short of 6 months left on my passport) and then on to the UK and Sweden (which shouldn't be a problem). Is there any chance of entering Singapore on my current passport? Is there a risk being refused the flight from NZ to Singapore?
    The problem is that it proves extremely difficult to renew my passport. The closest embassy is in Canberra, where I would have to apply and pick up in person, which would cost me about 2000 NZD taking the passport fee and flights into account. Please help, I'm lost what to do.
    Thank you
    // Linda
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi ... my Canadian passport expires in July and i'm planning to travel to Amsterdam from March 11th - March 15th, do i have to worry about any entrance issues to Amsterdam?

    thanks...

    RG
  • edited 8:46AM
    RG: as a Canadian your Passport and/or passport replacing travel documents must be valid at least 3 months after period of intended stay. So you should be absolutely fine.
  • edited 8:46AM
    lilloll, as a Swedish passport holder your passport must be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Singapore. You could take a chance, as Swedes are trusted travellers, but not worth it. Are you sure you must apply in person for your renewal? It should be possible to use a visa/passport agency to expedite the renewal. Try www.globalvisas.com
  • edited 8:46AM
    ToTo - you Canadian passport - even if expired - is fine for re-entry into Canada if you are a citizen there.
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi,

    I'm a Chinese passport holder with a green card. I' going to China in March and returning to US in April. I just found out that my passport is going to expire on May 16. I would like to know if there's any problem for me to enter the US in April with my passport expiring in one month. Thanks a lot,

    Chad
  • edited 8:46AM
    I just need some reassurance after doing a lot of research - but am getting different answers. I am an Australian on a work permit in the UK, my passport expires in September and I have booked flights to Melbourne for Easter - staying for two weeks. When I return to the UK, I will only have 4 months and 3 weeks passport validity. Do I need to renew my passport and then transfer my work permit into the new passport? I was going to renew both my passort and visa upon my return (as I will have to apply for a new visa in June). Will the UK immigration allow me back in the country?
  • edited 8:46AM
    David, hope you can help me on this one and if not thanks anyways.
    Just been kicked back from Nicaragua land border into Honduras. Was travelling on a kiwi passport without six months remaining, (mexico down through the CA4 countries). I have another irish passport fully valid until 2012, but they denied me as orginal stamp in was kiwi PP, said to go back to honduras, who said to go to El Salvador to get a five day stamp Honduras in the new passport, they couldn't do it? If I have that stamp then I can use that passport from there on. It's all a bit confusing and frustrating. Do you know
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi Gurus,
    I am a Indian national have a UK VISA (work permit) expiring 23 Jun 10. I am planning to go to India on vacation in June 1st week for 3 weeks when i return from vacation i will only have one week of validity og VISA (the passport is valid for long enough).
    Would i have problems entering UK ( i am planning to reapply VISA for 6 more months before i finally return to India but wouldn't have applied when i return)?

    Tried asking various people but getting various answers from yes to would be jailed!!! due to lack of 3 months of valid VISA?
  • edited 8:46AM
    My husband is travelling with my son to Jordan and Israel in April 2010. My husbands passport does not expire for 7 yrs, however my sons passport expires in Aug of 2010 (4 months). Will they be ok to travel or do we need to renew my sons passport now?
  • edited 8:46AM
    ERica - there is no question - you must renew his passport pronto!
  • edited 8:46AM
    Thank You David, it appears you can't "renew" a minors passport. You have to just apply for a new one, which is a bigger headache.
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi David,

    I am a malaysia passport holder and my passport will be expired in August 2010. the thing is, I am going home for good this May. I am currently in Dublin and wonder if it's ok to use the passport since am going home for good. am I going to be in trouble in Dublin airport and London heathrow airport?
  • edited 8:46AM
    David F,

    please help me before i go nuts looking at all of this stuff.... i am trying to bring my GF to Chicago to propose to her... She has an Irish Passport and i am looking at travelling to US in 16th May leaving the 22nd May and her passport expires on July 25th... am i ok? dam passport agency in Ireland is on strike so i not sure if i should risk it.... also have other travel plans that i will require passport for prior to US trip.... i phoned 2 travel agencies in Ireland and they said "have to have at least 6 months"....
  • edited 8:46AM
    Paul - tough one this, because officially you need the 6 months, but in practice you'll be fine. That means you could get turned back by come officious a*hole, although its only a low chance it will happen. I would visit the US embassy in Dublin and ask them for an official answer.
  • edited 8:46AM
    Thanks David.... i know.... it is a tricky one.... what if i bring my GF and she gets turned away... what if we send in her passport and she doesnt get it back in time.... oh the joys of trying to be spontaneous.... thanks and if you have any other ideas keep me posted... this thread has been well and truly been bookmarked....

    cheers

    Paul H
  • edited 8:46AM
    OK David,

    i have called the US Embassy in Ireland and they have said as long as the Passport is Vaild for the duration of the stay... and they have said it is stated on the website
    http://dublin.usembassy.gov/about-us/contact-us.html

    cheers

    again

    Paul H
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi,
    I note in your original post you said Malaysia was strict about the 6 months rule. Any chance that they would be be more lenient if you had an onward ticket leaving a few hours after arrival at Kuala Lumpur airport?
    My son (Australian citizen) is in this situation and he will be three days short of the six months.
  • edited 8:46AM
    Australiana, they might well be more lenient if he is transiting, particularly as he close to 6 months and has an onward ticket. don't hold me to this - but I would feel confident about heading in there if I was your son.
  • edited 8:46AM
    Paul H - nice one, good luck to you - hope she accepts!
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi David,

    I hope you can help because I'm going crazy here !! I'm french and my husband is from Mauritius. We live in Ireland. On 12th of March we flew to Mauritius ( via London heathrow)for 2 weeks holidays. My husband's mauritian passport was valid only until august 2010 ( eg. 5 months) but he flew home no problem. He made an application to renew his passport while we were there but it took longer than expected. The passport office needed to keep his current passport before giving the new one, but he wasn't sure to get it on time before flying back to Ireland. He holds a valid Irish residence card and we were flying back all together ( me and our 2 year old son). However he was denied boarding by British Airways because his passport was valid less than 6 months. Immigration in Mauritius agreed to let him go but British Airways rep refused.
    Is this normal ?
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi David,
    I'm holding a Canadian Passport that will expire in Sept 2010 (in 5 months). I have a flight scheduled in the middle of April flying over to Chicago. Will there be any problem boarding the plane?

    Thanks,
    Cody
  • edited 8:46AM
    While booking tickets... my passport is valid. but it expires before i fly. I fly in august, but it expires in july! should be ok? im a UK citizen flying to spain. staying for a week. Just hope there wont be no problems at the airport.

    Help much appreciated.
    Shaban.
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi

    I am a Canadian citizen. I live in the US and have a US Green Card. I am traveling to Mexico on a cruise liner for 7days in April but my passport expires in August. My trip is now in about 2 weeks away and have not been able to return to Canada to renew my passport. Will I have problems going to and returning from Mexico?
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi,

    I m a Chinese and got immigration to Canada but somehow i found my passport is about to expire. I m planning to visit there for one month and come back to China and later go back to settle to canada. So this time my passport will expire when i stay in CAnada fo rone month so what is teh best option for me.

    Today: 14 April, 2010... Planned visit from May 1 to june 1
    Passport expire will on May 5th
    Got Immigration visa for Canada

    What i should do now? Should i fly to canada and apply for a new passport in Canada? In this case can airline or chinese immigration officer will allow to fly? what about canadian Immigration?

    Thanks for help
    sam

    San
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi David,

    I'm a US Green Card holder living in Texas trying to figure out the best way to renew my Singapore passport that expires in August.

    My first option is to complete the online app then travel to a Singapore Consulate here, which with no closeby opitons (New York, San Fran, Chicago, DC) I'd have to make a special trip to collect my passport.

    My second idea, which may/may not be an option, is applying for renewal online to pick up in Singapore in July when I'm planning to be there on vacation. Of course, the question is, will I be able to travel into Singapore in the first place on a passport that is soon to expire? Does the 6 month rule still apply if I'm a Singapore citizen flying in on a Singapore passport?

    Thanks!
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi David,

    I am citizen of India and I am a non immigrant in UnitedStates. My Visa is expiring in next 6 months and i am planning to travel to UK. Will there be any problems for travel?
  • edited 8:46AM
    Hi David,

    I am an Indian Passport holder, living in Canada as a permanant resident. I booked my tickets for India for 30th of May and return in August. My passport expires in October. Renewal of my passport takes about a month here in Toronto and I have just two more weeks to go before I travel.

    Is it ok to travel to India on the same passport.

    AK
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