6 Months Passport Validity Rule

So, you have just obtained your passport. Now, whether you are travelling for business, pleasure, or even for school, you are excited to leave the country. But just hopping on a plane and arriving in other countries is not always so simple. The six month validity rule can prevent you from entering scores of countries.

Most people are not aware of the six month validity rule when they are traveling to an international destination. And some are not aware of it even when they purchase their airline ticket. But knowing which countries abide by this rule can save you time, money, and even be refused entry into certain countries.

The six month validity rule is really pretty simple. The passport holder must have more than six months before certain countries will let you cross their borders. Every day, travelers around the globe learn about this rule the hard way when they arrive at an airport, or even the customs terminal, and learn that they can not continue with their trip.

Some countries, like the United States, also require for your passport to be valid for six months prior to you entering and good through six months after your visa expiration. While there are security issues to justify this, it is also a rule put in place to offer convenience for those here on a visa. Some people need to extend their visa, and having a passport that is valid for six month after your visa expiration allows the visitor to have the easiest process when extending that visa. The State Department has also compiled a list of countries that extend passport validity, available as a pdf. In addition, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has posted a list of required documents needed for those coming into the U.S.

But for travelers leaving the from United States or elsewhere, the following countries require the persons entering have a valid passport for a minimum of six months. And If you are travelling to any of the below listed countries, and have further questions, you can find a list of Passport Offices by state on our home page. For detailed questions, don’t forget about our “Ask the Pros” section, where you can get answers to all of your specific passport and travel document related issues.

• Albania
• Angola
• Bahamas
• Bahrain
• Belize
• Bolivia
• Botswana
• Brazil
• Brunei
• Burma (Myanmar)
• Burundi
• China
• Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
• Ecuador (& Galápagos Islands)
• French Polynesia
• Guyana
• Honduras
• Indonesia
• Iran
• Iraq
• Jamaica
• Kenya
• Kiribati
• Kenya
• Kiribati
• Laos
• Madagascar
• Malaysia
• Mauritius
• Mozambique
• Namibia
• New Caledonia
• Nicaragua
• Oman
• Palau
• Papua New Guinea
• Philippines
• Saudi Arabia
• Singapore
• St. Lucia
• Taiwan
• Tajikistan
• Tanzania
• Thailand
• Timor-Leste (East Timor)
• Trinidad & Tobago
• Turkmenistan
• Uganda
• Ukraine
• Venezuela
• Vietnam
• Zambia

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