Six Months Validity Rule – What Countries Has 6 Month Validity Rule for Visitors?

What is the six-month validity rule? When traveling to an international destination most people know that a U.S. passports are required to enter an international destination, but what is unknown to the traveler is that some countries would need to have enough validity of passport to travel to the country which is known as the  6 months validity rule for visitors.

This rule is in place so that if the un-expecting visitor needs to stay for a period up to six months his/her passport would be valid to leave the country.

What is the Six Months Validity Rule?

The Six Months Validity Rule is imposed by foreign countries, and not by the United States. It simply means that your passport should be valid for more than six months before you would be allowed to enter a foreign destination. This rule is imposed by some of the countries we have listed below.

Which Countries Require 6 Months of Passport Validity?

Albania
Angola
Austria
Bahrain
Belize
Bolivia
Botswana
Brunei
Burma (Myanmar)
Burundi
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Denmark (Recommend)
Ecuador (including Galápagos Islands)
Egypt
French Polynesia
Guyana
Greece
Germany
Honduras
Iran
Iraq
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
New Caledonia
Oman
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
St. Lucia
Sweden (Recommended)
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia

Expedite Passport Renewal

If your passport is about to expire it is recommended that you renew your passport nine (9) month before your passport expires. This would give you enough time to apply for a U.S. passport with the passport office.

For expedited passport renewal which is if you are traveling within fourteen (14) days or thirty (30) days if a visa is required then you have to fill out the Application Form DS-82, and apply at a regional passport agency.

The post offices are not recommended in this situation as the turnaround time to expedite a passport renewal at the post offices is two (2) to four (4) weeks. You have two option to expedite your passport the recommended option is by visiting a passport agency in your area. The other option would be a private expediting company but these companies charges for their services which can range from $79 to $399.00.

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