Why am I being told I need to have at least 6 months of validity on my Passport before I enter a country?


It is in the best interest of a country that travelers who enter have at least 6 months of validity left on their passports in case the traveler becomes sick or otherwise delayed. If the passport expires while the traveler is abroad, it can cause issues for the traveler and for the host country.

This standard is not always enforced by nations with whom the US has good relations (for example, you might be allowed into the UK with just 5 months remaining) but someone could choose to enforce it any point: the airline could deny you boarding, you could be turned away at the border when trying to enter, etc. The only way to be certain you will not have a problem is to always have at least 6 months validity left on your passport before you travel. AVS suggests you therefore renew your passport at least a year in advance of it expiring.

Click on the US Passports tab above to get info on renewing a Passport.  



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