What do they mean by having a passport valid for 6 months???

edited March 2009 in - Thailand
I am travelling to Malyasia and through thailand this summer. Each country asks that a passport be valid for 6 months. I need to renew my passport soon. Evene though I have had a uk passport for the 21 ywears of my life, will getting a new passport jepordise this?
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  • edited 8:29PM
    No, the 'valid for six months' refers to how long the passport must be valid for in the future, i.e. it must not expire for at least another six months. The date of issue (if you got it a week ago or 20 years ago) is not relevant.
  • edited 8:29PM
    Ha ha oh dear silly me. Thank you so much you have really put my mind at rest!
  • edited 8:29PM
    That's what I'm here for! :-)
  • edited 8:29PM
    Does this apply to Italy? will be traveling from the U.S. to Italy in May and June and my passport expires in Oct.
  • edited 8:29PM
    It is not awlays enforced, but it the immigration guy has the right to enforce it. It is generally a bad idea to travel with a passport that has less than 6 months remaining before expiry. Why take the chance? You still have time to apply for a new one.
  • edited 8:29PM
    If you are a US citizen travelling to Italy your passport must be valid on arrival in Italy (it does not specify for how long afterwards - I don't think it matters) and you will be granted 90 days in the country. See this link:

    http://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?SpecData=1&HEALTH=VISA=&page=both&NA=US&AR=00&EM=US&DE=IT&TR=00&VT=00&user=AMADEB2C&subuser=QANTAS
  • edited 8:29PM
    I am going to the Phils for a few weeks and thought about visiting Malaysia. I have conflicting info. One site says I need visa in advance. Other says no visa required for stay of only a few days. Which is correct
  • edited 8:29PM
    I am flying through Beijing on my way to Bkk. I have conflicting reports of whether I need a visa to fly in and out of the airport in Beijing. Anyone know for sure? Beijing
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi All

    I am in a super pickle. I am flying to Singapore on May 9th, there for one night, then Thailand for 6 nights, back to Singapore for two nights then on to the UK for two months. I am a British Citizen and have just realised about the 6 month rule. I have 5 months left on mine. I have attempeted to renew the passport from Australia but they have taken two weeks so far and not even started the process, so today i have withdrawn my application.

    Should i attempt to travel? I will with two young Children who have valid passports. I was kind of hoping they may be less strict if i have two kids with me.

    I have spoken to Singapore immigartion and they said i should be ok as long as i am travelling to UK where i can then renew. I havent spoken to Thailand yet?

    Any experience would be greatly appreciated right now.
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi, my boyfriend lives in America (he is American), i am English and live in the UK. In July i will be visiting family in Portugal. My boyfriend wants to meet me out there, he is about to apply for his passport as he hasnt one at the moment. The flight lands in the UK for 9 hrs then onto Portugal, does his passport need to be valid for 6months to enter the UK even if it is for a short time (9hrs). We are hoping to be in Portugal for 25th July, meaning passport less than 6 months.
  • edited 8:29PM
    Lisa - will he check through immigration, or just remain in transit? If he enters the country, even for 9 hours, the passport validity rule applies.
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi, my husband & I are going on a cruise from Copenhagen in June. His passport expires in August. The cruise line has no problem with this, but what about Danish immigration at the airport?
  • edited 8:29PM
    I am from the Philippines with US issued B1/B2 visa for 10 year multiple entry. Is this valid to enter Puerto Rico for a 5-day, 4-night vacation? Thank you!
  • edited 8:29PM
    This is known "a tempest in a tea-pot"
  • edited 8:29PM
    I am UK and Australian and UK Citizen (ie i hold both passports) and I am leaving for Australia on Thursday. I have just realised that my UK passport expires on January 6th 2010, but iam leaving to return back to the UK on 11th July 2009. This is 5 days under the 6months of the validity of mu passport, will I have a problem returning to UK?

    All help greatly appreciated. Should I apply for a UK passport in OZ (British High Commission in Canberra) or will I be let back in to UK without a problem......

    Regards

    Nige
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi Can anyone tell me if my passport has to have at least six months valid to go to spain. I am hoping to go in two weeks for rwo weeks and only have five months remaining on my passport
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi i'm travelling to the U.S for 2 weeks from 24th July to 7th August,
    My UK Passport expires 22nd December which means its got less than 6 months left on it, do i need to renew it or should i be fine under the 90 days VWP from the authorization approved by ESTA. I would have thought if my passport validitiy had been a problem it would have been highlighted while applying?

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers.
  • edited 8:29PM
    I am traveling on Honeymoon from US (where I am a passport holder) to Tahiti in July. However, my US passport expires in September.

    There is about 10 days remaining until I travel, and I just learned about this now. Can anyone offer suggestions on what to do or who to contact? The US Nat'l passport agency tells me that processing by mail takes a minimum of 2 weeks, and when I call the automated number, they cannot offer me a time-slot for an appointment until the day after I'm scheduled to leave.

    Help please.
  • edited June 2009
    Hi, I have my Hungarian passport that will expires in November 2009... I need to go to Hungary in order to renew it to get the new EU passaport. (Where I reside there is no Hungarian Consul).My ticket from here to Madrid to change plane to Hungary.

    Can I enter Spain with my current passaport?
    Thanks.
  • edited 8:29PM
    hi i planning to move to malaysia next year my partner is malayian and lives there im british what do i need 2 do?i been told if i live there for 6 years i can get a joint passport sooner if i marry is this rite.and if is now do i get to stay there for the 6 years or whatever time
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi

    I am travelling to Malaysia on the 22/9/09.My passport runs out on the 28th February 2010.I return on the 29/9/09. Will they accept it
    being 3 weeks short of 6 months
  • edited 8:29PM
    NO i just got turned around at the airport because my passport was one day out. Get it renewed.
  • edited 8:29PM
    Good evening or good morning to you all.

    My boyfriend is having an emergency scare as we just realised his passport expires at the end of January 2010 (in 4.5months). He is due to board a plane to Thailand on Tuesday next week, for a two week stay.
    I have read a lot about the 6 months rule, tried to see if he could get an emergency travel document or anything to let him travel. However, being a Dutch national living in the UK makes it very difficult as the embassy reckons there will be a minimum of two weeks delay. Obviously it is not a viable option for us.

    HOWEVER, he has bought a return ticket with a fixed date, so we would like to know what would be the chances of him being allowed in the country, provided he has this fixed return ticket and a good four months left on his passport ?

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Anne
  • edited 8:29PM
    HI!

    I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, I PLANNING TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN NEXT MONTH, I HAVE A VALIDA PASSPORT BUT IT IS NOT BIOMETRIC, DO I HAVE TO CHANGE IN ORDER TO ENTER EUROPE?
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi,
    my passport is valid until March and I would like to go to Malaysia and Indonesia in January and stay one month. is there any way I can do this or they always check the date in passport? Does the fact that I have return ticket help me? and is it worth to try at all or can I get any fines for that ? (PS, I can't get a new passport, because I'm staying in Australia at the moment and they don't have Estonian embassy here.)
  • edited 8:29PM
    Do I need my passport to be valid for a minimum of 6 months when entering the Caribbean??
  • edited 8:29PM
    Anne. Did you get a solution yet? I am exactly in the same situation as your boyfriend, now just wondering if you dig out any work around?
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi Gagan and Anne - I am sorry to say that Thailand does enforce a 6-month validity rule and there is a good chance you may encounter problems at the airport. See here for more info on passport expiry dates: http://www.wordtravels.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=1580&page=1
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hi, we are travelling to UK on 11 Jan and I've just realised my son's Australian passport expires in May 2010 but my husband and I have the passport till 2014, do we need 6 months validity to enter UK?
  • edited 8:29PM
    Hello everyone! I understand everyone's situation as being a non-native of whatever country they are trying to enter (i.e. American going into Thailand, etc.). My wife is Thai and trying to get back into Thailand, yet, the airlines and even the Thai Consulate in L.A. are saying the 6-month rule applies to her??? So, in essence, Thai isn't letting its own citizen back into the country?? That can't be right! As I U.S. citizen, that wouldn't matter coming back into the U.S., and, as far as I know, English to England, etc. Can anyone point me to some legal basis for this information as to where it would apply to a citizen of that that country (more particularly, Thailand)? Thanks! I've sent e-mail to the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Department of Consular Affairs in Bangkok, but don't believe I'll receive a reply in time for her flight this Sunday! LOL!

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