The Six Month Validity Rule for U.S. Passports - List of Countries
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
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Sao Tome and Principe
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
United Arab Emirates
Antigua and Barbuda|
Saint Kitts and Nevis|
Trinidad and Tobago
Papua New Guinea|
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