(Closed) Passports, Name Changes, and Iceland Air

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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lindzmarie:  You should have enough time between April and July to get your passport changed. When you book the tickets, book using your married name.

My DH and I went on our honeymoon 6 weeks after our wedding, and I was nervous there wouldn’t be enough time to get everything in order so I put off changing anything until we got back. That’s your other option.

Post # 3
1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We took our “honeymoon” six months later.  I just waited until after that trip to change my name so I wouldn’t have to worry about it or pay for a new passport.

Post # 5
5152 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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lindzmarie:  Personally, I worry a lot and I would probably wait until after the honeymoon to do the official name change. That seems like the easiest solution. You’ll have your whole life to have your new last name – I wouldn’t mess with it right before an international honeymoon. Just book in your maiden name and as soon as you return, do all the paperwork to change it.

Post # 6
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

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lindzmarie:  You could either book using your married name now so it matches your passport when you board, as I think is plenty of time to obtain new passport with the name change, or you could just not change your passport name until after the trip. When I when to get my marriage license I asked about name change and passport and the lady told me is no big deal to not change the name on your passport as is not required by law that you change your name after marriage, she said I could just book with my maiden name to match my passport until I decide to get a new one with the name change.

Post # 7
4017 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I just waited to change my name after we came back from the honeymoon. No problems leaving and re entering the country. 

Post # 8
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My mom’s passport took about 6 months to recieve, FI’s took 2 months.  I would book with your maiden name and change your passport after.  What if your passport doesn’t come in time?  That would be awful.  

Post # 9
15279 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you have a passport that does not expire soon, just book it in your maiden name and travel with your passport as it is if you are worried about updating it in time.   They aren’t going to go look up your social security card to make sure *that* name mathes, or see if you have a marriage certificate with a different name.  As long as your passport is valid, its fine.  They just need to see your ID match the name on the ticket.  For about 2 years I travelled internationally with my married name, and domestically with my maiden name cause I was too lazy to update my driver licence.

Post # 10
1565 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I personally wouldn’t want to chance anything going wrong with the name change or passport change process, so would wait to change my name until after the trip. If you’re too eager to wait, book the flight now using your future married name. It’s absolutely fine to do that just so long as you’re sure your name will be legally changed by then and your new passport will be in your hands. Otherwise the airlines (not just Iceland Air) absolutely will not allow you to fly using that ticket. You’ll have to wind up buying another at the last minute or, heaven forbid, miss out if the flight’s sold out. :\

Post # 11
40 posts

I had a similar dilemma!

I am going to Mexico in a few weeks and my passport name is not my current name. I talked to a lot of people who traveled and also spoke to a lot of people in trip advisor and to the people i booked my excursions with and got my answer as long as you book your tickets in your old name (the name on your passport ) there will not be an issue at all. Airlines only ask for one form of I.D and your passport is sufficient for that. Anyone in Iceland who needs your I.D will ask for your passport so make sure anything that you need to book ( excursions, flights, hotels, ect ) are in your passport name.

Hope that helps! Enjoy your trip!!

Post # 12
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

You could either wait and do your passport after (you can still change everything else and just not your passport and book the tickets in your maiden name) or expedite your passport after you get everything else done.  🙂 

Post # 14
631 posts
Busy bee

Yeah, all that matters is that the name on the ticket match the name on the ID. They don’t care what your actual legal name at that instant is. So you can either book the ticket under what your name WILL be, and make damn sure you get the passport updated in time, OR you can book your name as it is now, and wait to update your passport til after.

If you change your name on your marriage license, then technically your name changes at the instant you get married, but you have a year to change all of your IDs and paperwork over. During the interim all that matters is that the ID you’re using match whatever it is you’re trying to do.

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