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The Six Month Validity Rule for U.S. Passports - List of Countries

Airport Departures Board

Many countries require at least 6 months validity in a passport as an entry requirement. Some require the passport be valid for six months from the date of entry while others require six months validity beyond one's stay. Due to stricter border controls in many European countries, the State Department recommends American citizens travel to the Schengen area with a passport that has six months of validity even though the official requirements is only three months.

If your passport does not have the required amount of validity, the airlines will not allow you to board your plane. Unfortunately, many travelers only discover this rule within days of their departure dates or, worse yet, after they arrive at the airport. For some, this may mean the cancelation of their trip. For most, they reschedule their flight and rush to expedite a passport renewal.

Following is a list of all the countries that currently follow this rule. Be aware, however, that entry requirements change occasionally. You should contact the embassy of the country you plan to visit and/or the airlines. Alternatively, you could make sure your passport has six months' validity in your passport just to avoid any possible complications.

The list is organized by continents with countries listed in alphabetical order. Be aware that many of the countries on the list also require a visa for entry.

Africa

Alegeria
Angola
Botswana
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Cote d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Ghana
Kenya
Malawi
Mauritania
Mozambique
Namibia
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia

Asia

Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Burma
Cambodia
China
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Malaysia
Mongolia
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Philippines
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Turkmenistan
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam
Yemen

N. America

Antigua and Barbuda
Grenada
Honduras
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Trinidad and Tobago

Oceania

Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

S. America

Bolivia
Ecuador
Guyana
Suriname
Venezuela

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