If your passport is set to expire in six months or less, you may not be able to fly to or from the countries of your choice. That’s why it’s important to check your passport’s expiration date, especially if you plan to travel soon.
In this article, we’ll review:
- Why your passport needs to be valid for six months
- What countries have a 6-month passport validity rule
- What countries have a 3-month passport validity rule
- Countries with other types of passport validity requirements
- If you can be denied entry abroad if your passport is almost expired
Why does my passport need to be valid for six months if I won’t be abroad that long?
The reason behind having a passport valid for six months prior to expiration is mainly because of precaution. If there’s an emergency or a sudden reason you have to stay abroad longer than expected, you’ll want to have a valid passport that can allow you to travel to/from the countries you need to visit.
What countries have 6-month passport validity rule?
According to U.S. Department of State, countries requiring six months of validity include:
- Saudi Arabia
- The United Arab Emirates
What countries have a 3-month passport validity rule?
According to U.S. Department of State, European countries within the Schengen zone generally have a 3-month validity requirement. The Schengen zone includes 26 countries that allow people to travel without needing a passport. These include:
- Czech Republic
Additionally, the following countries also have the 3-month expiration rule:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Countries with other types of passport validity requirements
According to U.S. Department of State, Hong Kong and Macau have a 1-month validity requirement.
Additionally, the following countries have a three-month validity requirement where your passport cannot be expired within three months of the date you leave the country:
- North Macedonia
Can I be denied entry abroad if my passport is almost expired?
Yes. You'll want to check with specific countries about their rules, as in some cases you may be able to enter/leave a country within the 3-month expiration period. However, if your passport is close to expiring (anywhere from 3–6 months) you may be denied entry abroad. If you find yourself in this predicament, you may be able to contact your local embassy about expediting a passport renewal and/or receive an emergency, limited-validity passport.
If you’re looking to travel abroad soon, it’s essential to review your passport to see if it will expire soon. Because it can take time to renew a passport, you’ll want to renew it sooner rather than later so that you have a valid passport in time of your travel.