Travel Tip Tuesday: Passport validity

Each Tuesday, Anywhere Anytime Journeys will bring you some useful tips for your upcoming travels. This week, our topic is passport validity.

Your passport may be valid, but you still may not be able to board your flight to another country. The U.S. Department of State recommends your passport have at least six months of validity beyond your actual travel date to avoid expensive and lengthy travel disruptions.

The normal rule for most countries is that they require you to have three months from your actual travel date before your passport expires. Three months is generally the longest amount of time you can stay in a foreign country without any sort of visa, but some countries — especially in the Schengen region of Europe — are expanding that requirement to six months.

The U.S.Passports & International Travel site explains that you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. Even worse, it’s possible you could be denied entry when you actually arrive in the country itself. The cost of adjusting and re-booking your trip can be in the thousands of dollars.

If you have any questions or concerns, always ask your Travel Consultant. That’s what we’re here for.


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