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Jan 27, 2016
What is the passport validity in the country you travel to?

Following on my news article on the Dutch website (TopAutoverhuur.com) about whether or not to issue your passport at holiday destinations I would like you to inform about passport validity throughout the world.

In all countries around the world you need a valid passport for entry, but something less people know is that for some countries you need a passport that is valid for a certain number of months from the date you enter a country, or a certain number of months after you leave the country. Each country does have its own rules in this case, and the rules sometimes may change, so you better know before you travel to the country of your destination.

Expiration of your passport

For United States passport holders, the day of expiration you find on the inside front cover, next to your passport photo. After the expiring date, your passport is no longer a valid travel document. Some countries refuse to allow entry to travellers holding a passport that expires in less than three or six months. Very often, you will not get that far, since airlines and cruise ships routinely deny boarding to any travellers without the correct documents -- including travellers whose passports expire too soon. Customs officials tend to be strict about these requirements — a passport that expires within five months and three weeks would be turned away.

Be aware of the rules

Travellers who planned to go oversea are responsible for knowing the rules for entering the countries they want to visit. A good source of up-to-date information about passport validity is the U.S. Department of State's travel website, which lists entry requirements by country. When you have planned to travel you should also consult the embassy websites of countries you want to visit. The following are examples of countries with six-month passport validity requirements, but this is not an exhaustive list.

Europe

In all of the 25 European countries of the Schengen Agreement, which is most but not all of the countries — require only three months' validity after exiting the country. Note that the United Kingdom is not on this list; in the U.K.'s case, any valid passport is accepted with no minimums enforced. Policies among the European nations not in the Schengen Area vary quite a bit.

Asia

The six-month validity requirement is quite common on the Asian continent. Among other countries, Burma (Myanmar), China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Laos, Indonesia and Malaysia require six months' validity from the date of entry. India requires at least six months' validity from the date a traveller applies for an Indian visa. Russia requires six months' validity from the date of exit, and is known to be very strict about such matters. Middle Eastern nations vary in policy — Saudi Arabia is one that requires six-month validity.

Israel is technically an exception to the rule; however, the U.S. State Department notes that "although a passport valid for six months from the date of entering Israel is not required by the Government of Israel, airlines routinely require this and may prevent boarding if a traveler does not have at least six months validity on their passport."

America

Canada and Mexico do not enforce the six-month rule. Belize and Honduras are the Central American countries that have consistently required six months of validity, and Nicaragua's policies may all but require it depending on the length and nature of your stay. A number of South American countries also enforce the six-month rule, including Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador, which also includes the Galapagos Islands.

The Russian Federation

Surf for passport validity in The Russian federation to Russian Embassy

Source: USA Today

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