Travel Tip of the Day: Check Your Passport’s Validity

PassportCheck Your Passport’s Validity
If you’re planning to travel out of the country this summer, now is the time to find your passport and make sure it’s valid. Remember that many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months after your arrival date before they’ll grant entry to their country. It doesn’t matter if you’re only going for a day; if you don’t have at least six months validity, you could, and probably will, be denied entry. Before the summer crunch hits and you have to pay to expedite the process, renew or apply for a passport now. Here’s how.

Note: Want to renew your passport? Need an international visa? We recommend Allied Passport & Visa, where readers get $5 off.



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Johnny Jet
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3 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Check Your Passport’s Validity"

  1. Yes, sent for mind on 12/16/14 anticipating a delay because of the holidays, but was pleasantly surprised to receive my new passport back within 2-weeks and today received the old passport back. Nice that the old one is returned so you can hold onto it for ‘memories’ purposes.

  2. You’re right on regarding sufficient time remaining on the passport. ALSO, check the renewed passport for accuracy. When I tried to enter New Zealand with my “new one” did I discover my “sex” somehow got changed from “M” to “F”. Fortunately I was able to enter the country, but could have possibly faced problems elsewhere.

  3. Great advice! My husband and I were traveling on a cruise from Oahu to Australia and told we had to disembark in New Zealand since we “dropped the ball” and didn’t have a visa for Australia. The problem was our Passport was expiring within the six months and the government was not allowing us to disembark. Thankful to a very kind and savvy RCCL employee the issue was resolved but obviously there was a great deal of anxiety on our part until it was! Please note that your Passport is technically six months LESS before expiration in many international countries

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