Validate – What you need to about your passport before traveling

Every person needs a passport to travel to another country. Some countries even impose laws that require a person’s passport to extend six months past their intended length of stay. If your passport doesn’t state this, you will not be allowed in to the country that you are trying to visit. For other countries a passport needs to be validate for their entire planned length of stay.

If the expiration date on your passport is approaching it is best to renew it approximately nine months before this occurs in order to have it completed in a timely fashion.

The countries which enforce the six month validation rule include:

  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Burma
  • Burundi
  • China
  • Ivory Coast
  • Ecuador
  • French Polynesia
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua (waived in some circumstances)
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • St. Lucia
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor (East)
  • Trinidad
  • Tobago
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda