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Do I need to expedite the processing of my passport renewal?

by Wendisue

Question: I am traveling to Australia in June and to Italy in August, both for business. My current passport expires November 13th. Am I safe to travel to both of these places with an almost expired passport? If not, would placing an application by the end of next week allow me to get it back in time for June 10?

Answer: Australia has no requirement concerning how long your passport must be valid beyond your visit. They do, however, require that you obtain a visa if you do not already possess one. You can do this online and should receive an answer immediately. If you need to get a visa to Australia, click the link below.

Australian Electronic Travel Authority

Italy is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

According to information provided by the U.S. State Department and the embassies of Australia and Italy, you do not need to renew your passport before your trip.

We encourage you to renew your passport soon after returning from the trip. Please visit the following web page and bookmark it so that you can return to it when you need the information.

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