All you ever wanted to know about passports and expiration dates!

Bad news: You’ve booked the flight, you’re ready to roll… and you notice your passport expires in less than 6 months.

If your Passport has less than six months to run does it mean you will get stopped at immigration, or will you be sent back sent back on the next flight?

You've probably already guessed the answer is far from simple!

Some countries do have a strict 6 Month validity rule, some have a 3 Month rule.

If your passport expires within 6 months of your date of arrival you are likely to be turned back at your departure Airport. If you do arrive at immigration in these countries you will be sent back.

  • Thailand
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • UAE
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Paraguay
  • Tunisia
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Belgium.

Other countries enforce a 3-month rule.

  • Cambodia
  • Denmark
  • Fiji
  • Switzerland
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand,
  • Croatia
  • Estonia

Countries that just require a valid Passport for the duration of your stay are: Kenya, Tanzania, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, UK and USA.

That said there is another rule for EU citizens travelling in other EU countries that requires them only to have a valid Passport.

Just to make like even more complicated US citizens need only a driving license or valid passport to enter Canada, Mexico, Bahamas and any US overseas territories such as Puerto Rico.

For Urgent renewals

If you need to renew your passport urgently, IPS offers a Fast Track one-week service and a Premium one-day service. You must make an appointment for these services by calling the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000. The line is open between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm Monday to Friday and 9.00 am and 5.30 pm weekends and public holidays

Urgent passport applications

Find your nearest regional passport office Opens new window If you do not need to travel within two weeks, then you do not need to visit a Regional Passport Office to make an urgent application. The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) recommends that you use the Post Office Check & Send service or simply use the standard service and apply by post.

This link should help you!

Important Information

Regional passport offices closed - 4 September 2010 This affects appointments for fast-track and same-day applications, but not passport interview appointments or passport deliveries. For urgent queries, call the Adviceline on 0300 222 0000.

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