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Can I travel to Venezuela with a passport that will expire shortly after returning to the US?

by Adriana
(Minneapolis, MN)

Question: We're traveling to Venezuela from June 12, coming back on June 27, and my daughter's passport expires on July 7th. Will she be allowed to enter/come back from Venezuela without problems.


Answer: The latest entry requirements from the Department of State affirm that Venezuelan immigration authorities require that U.S. passports have at least six months validity remaining from the date of arrival in Venezuela. It has been reported that some U.S. citizens have been turned back to the United States because their passports were to expire in less than six months.

To eliminate the possibility of this happening to you, it is recommended that you renew your daughter's passport prior to traveling.

There are only two ways to obtain a passport as quickly as you need it. One, you can schedule an appointment at the Minneapolis Passport Agency. Two, you can employ the services of a registered expediter in order to get the passport expedited in 24-48 hours.

If your daughter is a minor, both parents need to appear with her to have the application adjudicated. One parent can apply if he or she submits notarized consent from the non-applying parent or evidence of sole legal custody.

Passports should also be in good condition as some U.S. citizens have been delayed or detained overnight for having otherwise valid passports in poor condition.

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