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passport validity

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passport validity

I am planning a trip to South Africa late October to Early November 2012. My passport expires end of March 2013.

Most advice tells me as long as there are 30 days left on the passport and two clear pages I'm ok.

SA high commission Passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit

Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa.ukinsouthafrica.fco.gov.uk

However, some guide books and comments on forums indicate that 6 months are required.

Has anyone been recently and can help me out?


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1. Re: passport validity

Whatever the regulation is (I believed it to be 30 days after visitors visa expiry (which is 90 days/ 3 months from entry)), to be on the safe side, why not get it extended or a new one? There should be enough time till October. In March of the following year you will have to do it anyway.


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2. Re: passport validity

I thought it was 6 months, but South African High Commission is more knowledgable than me! In any case, you can get up to 9 months added to your new passport, if the old one hasn't expired. So I would get it renewed before you go

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3. Re: passport validity

I've heard the number 6 months more often than the 30 days, which (i.e., 30 days) may in fact be correct. Nevertheless, I tend to be conservative on these tyopes of immigration issues and would go ahead with a renewal so as not to even have to think about it.

Edited: 30 June 2012, 23:16
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4. Re: passport validity

I believe this should give the definitive answer:


you can link see 30 days passport validity before expiry--link thru to visa requirements

Edited: 03 July 2012, 16:53
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