Six Month Passport Validity Rule – 6 Month Validity Rule for Visitors Explained

What is the six month validity passport rule? When traveling overseas, most people know that a valid United States passport is required to enter an international destination. But, what is unknown to the traveler is that some countries would need to have enough validity on your passport to travel to the country which is known as the  6 months validity passport rule for visitors.  Therefore, if your passport would expire within the next 6 months or some cases 3 months, some countries would refuse to give you entry into the country.

Hence, 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 Month Passport Validity Rule?

The Six Month Validity Rule is imposed by foreign countries and not by the United States of America. It simply means that your passport should be valid for more than 6 months before you would be allowed to enter a foreign country that impose the six-month rule. This rule is imposed by some of the countries we have listed below. This rule is very common in the Asian continent such as China and Hong Kong.

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, one recommendation is that you renew your passport nine (9) month before your passport expires. So, 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 and 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. Hence, 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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