The saying “you will never know until you try”, stands true for everyday life situations, goals, dreams, decisions that we try and learn lessons from. Yet we can’t afford to try certain things in order to know or learn..
When I think of travelling and my passport in specific, I tend to gravitate towards checking one thing; expiration date. I had no idea that there was much more to it than the expiration date. Only to have learned after booking a vacation and arriving at my destination, that I was denied entry. Reason being my passport didn’t have 6 months validity from the date of my arrival. In my case I learned the hard way and it wasn’t a pleasant experience at all. I was under the impression that since my passport was still valid there was no issue and that going through immigration would be the same common procedure from past experiences. I was obviously wrong.
If your passport expires within 6 months of your arrival date to certain countries you will be denied entry or even departure. These countries include Belgium, Ecuador, Thailand, India, Tunisia, Singapore, Paraguay, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Israel, and Romania among others.
Other countries enforce a 3 months rule, like Switzerland, New Zealand, Denmark, South Africa and more. Lesson 3, numerous countries require only a valid passport for the duration of your stay. Like France, Spain, UK, Greece, Kenya, Tanzania and a few others. US citizens need only a valid passport to enter Canada, Mexico, and Bahamas.
Additionally, other crucial things to learn that pertain to your passport will follow in our next blog.
For more information and requirements, please check our website for details or call us at
(703-524-1808) to assist you with any questions or concerns. We take pride in servicing you with what can be a burdensome and perplexing process. We have all the answers to your questions.
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