Q&A: How much time do I need to have on my passport to be valid for travel?
Q: How much time do I need to have on my passport to be valid for travel?
A: Passport validity has become a bain for British travellers because there is no globally approved time. What is considered to be valid depends on where you go.
Since BREXIT the rules for British travellers have changed as Britain is now considered a ‘third country. This means the passport must meet two criteria:
- There must be at least three months left from the date of departure from the country
- The passport must have been issued within 10 years.
Some countries like Australia, Canada and the US require your travel document to be in date for the duration of your trip while others such as India require 180 days (almost six months).
Some destinations even have rules about how many blank pates you should have in your passport to allow for new immigration stamps.
Passport validity must only cover the time of your intended stay:
Valid for one day
Costa Rica requires Britons to have one day’s validity from the day of their departure.
Valid for one month/30 days
New Zealand requires your passport to be valid for one month from your date of exit.
Valid for two months
Cuba requires you to have a passport with two months’ validity from your departure date.
Valid for three months
All EU countries, plus those in the Schengen Area (excluding Ireland) require you to have three months left on your passport from the day you plan to leave. Your passport must also be less than 10 years old on the day you enter the country. This is true for the following countries:
Non-European countries that require three months’ validity on your day of departure:
The British Virgin Islands Morocco French Polynesia Reunion Kazakhstan South Korea Lebanon Uzbekistan
Valid for six months
Most other countries including the popular hot spots Maldives, Dubai, Turkey and Israel require your passport to be valid for six months from the date you arrive in the country. Do check the Foreign Office’s individual entry requirements for the country you’re visiting to make sure.
NOTE: As well as six months validity, Kenya and Madagascar also require two blank pates available in your passport and Namibia requires 1 blank page.