Post # 1
So my passport expires 1/6/14. My honeymoon will end 8/13/13.
They say your passport needs to be good for 6 months after the last day of your trip. That means my passport falls like a month short! Life is so funny like that!
So how critical is that 6 month period? I don’t want to pay a bunch of money for a new passport with my maiden name just to have to pay again for one with my married name! That’s no fun.
What should I do bees?
Post # 3
It’s not. My passport expired in July of last year and I took my mom on a trip to France in April. I had no issues.
If you need a visa for where you are going, that might be a different story though.
Post # 4
@koi424: I was told it’s actually important to some countries when we went to Europe. I’ve heard in the US they allow you to change your name for free if it’s within a a certain period from issue though.
Post # 5
It depends on the country. It’s required by some and not others. Where are you going?
Post # 6
Maybe I should add – we are going on a Carnival cruise to the eastern caribbean. We’ll go to San Juan, St Tomas and Grand Turk. Then back home to the US.
@Bunny82: Thanks for the info! Good to know
Post # 7
@SapphireSun: Oh really? For free? I’ll have to look into that! Thanks
Post # 8
For a cruise, I think you’ll be fine. You’re not going to the Middle East or anything (which are the places that usually have rules). You can always call the cruise line and ask!
Post # 9
@koi424: You techinically don’t even need a passport for cruises starting and ending in the same U.S. port. So you’ll be fine with the one you have. Also, if you renew it now, you can chaneg your name for free within one year as long as it’s just a name change based on marriage (or divorce).
Post # 10
I’d check with the embassy for whichever country that you are visiting, I don’t know how it works in the US, but here in the UK, you are allowed to order a new passport in your married name up to 3 months before the wedding as long as you have a letter from your registrar/ pastor or vicar to prove that you are getting married and confirm the date
Post # 11
It depends on where you are going. If it’s hardcore travel (Asia, Africa, SOuth America etc) vs the Caribbean, you definitely will need it to be valid for 6 months. You also need the # of empty pages set forth by every country’s state dept – more info can be found on the state dept website. I’ve travelled to 28 countries, and they always check pages and expiration date in my experience – except in Barbados.
Post # 12
When I went on a cruise to the Caribbean, they checked our passports at the initial dock in the US. And then you don’t have to present it again when you arrive in the places you’re visiting. I would call the cruise line, but I imagine you’ll be fine.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@rainbowglitterbride: When I cruised, we had to show our passport to get off the boat and back on when we were in foreign countries.
Post # 14
You need to find out for sure. Each country has its own rules, typically they need to be valid for 3-6 months after the departure date. I just got back from my honeymoon and I always thought that was a ‘rumor.’ We went to Greece and your passport had to be valid for 3 months after expiry and mine was 2 weeks short of that so I had to renew my passport.( and my trip was in less than a month) To complicate things even more, my honeymoon was booked under my maiden name and when I got married I changed my lastname to my husbands. So when I went to renew my passport I had to change my name back to my maiden name! So find out for sure definately not a risk you should take!
Post # 15
Depends where you’re going. On our last trip we were travelring to the Philippines with a connection in Hong Kong. Some countries are very strict. FI only had 4 months left on his passport and they wouldn’t allow him to board the plane to the Philippines. It took 9 days in Hong Kong to get emergency travel documents and thousands of dollars in flight change fees and to pay to stay in Hong Kong. It was a nightmare.
If it’s not hard to renew your passport I’d do it to be safe.
Post # 16
be safe then sorry. thats my adivce.