Don’t get caught out by this passport rule

Sep 14, 2017

You’ve packed your bags, triple-checked you have your money, passport and other travel documents, and you’re feeling excited and confident. You’re about to go on holiday! But, you could be in for a nasty surprise when you get to the check-in counter if you’re not aware of this passport rule.

When we see our passport’s expiry, we could be forgiven for thinking that the date presented is in fact the expiry date. What you may not know is that many countries have a rule where your passport needs to be valid for three to six months after the date you intend to leave the country.

Read more: Canada introduces third gender option for passports

This is, in most cases, to ensure if travellers decide to stay a little longer or get held up, there’s not an extra drama when leaving the country.

For travel to Europe, it’s a general rule that your passport needs to be valid for three months after your intended date of departure and for Australia, it’s six months.

The same goes for the United States, where your passport must be valid for six months after your intended departure date.

Read more: Passport photos are usually bad but this one is a doozy

Well before your holiday, find out how many months your country of destination requires your passport to be valid for after your intended departure date. Otherwise, you may find yourself getting stopped at customs and having your holiday potentially ruined.

Sue's sassy!

She became a member of Starts at 60 and got access to amazing travel deals, free masterclasses, exclusive news and features and hot member discounts!

And she entered to win a $10K trip for four people to Norfolk Island in 2021. Join now, it’s free to become a member. Members get more.


Did you know about this rule?

Please sign in to post a comment.
Retrieving conversation…
Stories that matter
Emails delivered daily
Sign up