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Passport Expiry

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Passport Expiry

My passport expires on January 28th 2012. I've just booked a flight that departs from the UK to the US on July 19th but returns on July 28th (arriving in the UK on July 29th)... Btw I hold a British passport.

So when I board the flight in the US to come back home it'll have exactly 6 months left to run. When I arrive in the UK it'll have 5 months and 30 days left. Am I going to be okay with the whole 6 month expiry thing?

From what I've read (this information is a few years old though) the 6 month rule doesn't even apply to UK travellers going to the US aslong as they're due to return home before the expiry date on their passport. But that information is a few years old so I'm not sure if that's still the case, or if it was ever the case for that matter.

Basically I'm 99% sure I'll be okay but would really like your assurances that this is the case.

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1. Re: Passport Expiry

You will be fine. As long as you can show intended return to the UK, or US exit, prior to the expiry date... es no probelmo.

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2. Re: Passport Expiry

I think this question must get an official answer. Email the American embassy in London... and get an official respond.

remember that if something goes wrong it will ruin your whole trip. regulations may change with no further notice so it's better to be 100% sure.

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3. Re: Passport Expiry

Does my British passport have to be valid for six months beyond my date of departure from the United States?

No, if your passport is not valid for at least six months beyond your date of departure from the United States, it will not affect your eligibility to travel. The United States has an agreement with the United Kingdom automatically extending the validity of a passport for six months past the passport's expiration date. Therefore, your passport need remain valid only for the duration of your stay in the United States.

If you are travelling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and your passport is not valid for 90 days, you will be admitted into the United States until the date on which the passport expires.


Edited: 01 February 2011, 19:35
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Thanks for the replies and thanks for putting my mind at rest :)

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You could have one day left before expiry in your British Passport and still be able to travel back to the UK. The six month validity is generally arriving in overseas countries.

Have a look on the Identity & Passport website:


You can renew your passport earlier than the expiry date.

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6. Re: Passport Expiry

You could just renew the pasport before you leave. The passport agency will add (I think) up to six months on to a new passport to cover any time left on the original one.

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7. Re: Passport Expiry

They will add up to nine months to cover for time left on a passport.

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8. Re: Passport Expiry

Renew your passport. US immigration, like all immigration, can be rude (even to UK citizens). As an American who has dealt with how rude my people, don't take chances. It is not worth it.

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9. Re: Passport Expiry

I checked with the US embassy in London once and was told there wouldn't be a problem having just under 6 months left on my passport as long as I had a return ticket.

When I reached US immigration (Minneapolis) I was told in no uncertain terms that only she, the Immigration Officer, would decide whether or not to let me in to the country, and not the US embassy. She then asked if I was too mean to pay to renew my passport (I bit my tongue rather than point out that it was, in fact, still valid).

She let me in but it wasn't a pleasant welcome to the US.

I'd renew it and add the extra months on to the new passport.

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