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Are our passports still valid?

by Dinesh
(OH, USA)

Question: My wife's and my US passports were issued 7 years ago and we have only used them to go to England and Ireland in that same year.


Since then we have both retired and are planning to go to England again in April of next year.

Is there any need or process to review and confirm that our passports are still valid and are in order for our planned trip to England this coming April?

Answer: Passports issued to U.S. citizens age 16 or older are valid for ten (10) years from the date of issuance. The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card.

Since your passports were issued in less than 10 years ago, they should be valid for 3 more years, give or take a few months. Since England only requires your passport be valid during your visit, there is no need to renew them prior to your trip.

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Limit to travel within 6 months of expiration?
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's passport expires 09/2012. We are going to be traveling abroad for two weeks in 06/2012. Do I need to renew her passport or can she travel with it since it is still within the expiration date? I heard that you can't travel within 6 months before expiration - is this true?

Answer: The 6-month validity requirement does not apply to all destinations. While some countries require at least 6 months of validity in a passport before granting permission to enter, not all do. Other countries require 3 months. Still, others require only 30 days. Verify entry requirements with the embassies or consulates of the countries you plan to visit. We also recommend you contact the airline and/or cruise line about this issue.

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