(Closed) How critical is it for a passport to be valid 6 months post trip?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: How important is that 6 months?
    Renew it now! : (17 votes)
    61 %
    You'll be fine with the current one : (11 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 3
    662 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @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
    4929 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    It depends on the country. It’s required by some and not others. Where are you going?

    Post # 8
    4929 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    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
    13251 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @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
    345 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • 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
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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. Fiance 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
    411 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    be safe then sorry. thats my adivce. 

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