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Passport Expiration FAQ

The passport expiration date is calculated from the date of issuance. However, the length of a passport's validity can vary depending on whether the travel document was issued to a minor, an adult or in an emergency situation. Also, a passport's expiration date can affect the need for renewal since many destinations require a specific period of validity remaining in the passport before they will allow a visitor to enter.

If you have a question about your passport's expiration and its relation to your travel plans, review answers to questions below.

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List of Passport Expiration FAQ

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Should I renew an expired passport or get a new one?  Question: The expiry date on my passport has passed and I need to get a valid passport to travel abroad. Can I renew the one I have or do I have to apply in person for a new one?...

Do I need to renew my passport before my trip?  Question: My U.S. passport will expire on 19 Feb, 2012, I'm planning a trip to Hong Kong, China. Can I depart on 20 Nov, 2011 and return on 14 Dec, 2011?...

Can I re-enter the US with an expired passport?  Question: I traveled outside the US and did not realize I had an expired passport. Will I be able to enter the US? What do I need to do?

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New Passport Expiration Date  Question: I have a current passport that is good until September of 2012. If I renew my passport in April of 2012, I will have two valid passports. Would ...

Passport expiration date is very near  Question: My US passport will expire on 2 Feb 2012. I will travel to Trinidad & Tobago (via Miami) from the Dominican Republic in the first week of ...

Can I re-enter the U.S. on the passport expiration date?  Question: I will be taking a cruise to the Bahamas on 10/8/2011 and will be returning on 10/10/11. I was made aware that one now needs a U.S. passport ...

Can I travel on the date of my passport's expiration?  Question: I will be traveling (domestic only) and have only my passport as valid photo identification at this time. (Going through name change, and ...

My passport has been expired for 5 years  Question: My passport has been expired for 5 years; I need to get to the UK for a bereavement. Where do I go for an emergency renewal? I have an airline ...

I need to check my passport expiration date.  Question: I'm afraid my passport will expire at the end of this month. I'm not sure. My passport is at my home in Knox, IN, but I'm at my other home ...

Do passports need to be valid for 6 months for trip to Spain?  Question: I am a teacher traveling with students to Spain in March/April 2011. Do all passports need to be valid for 6 months beyond our stay?

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Can I visit the Canary Islands if my passport expires in only 4 months?  Question: I have only 4 months left on my passport and due to go on holiday in the next couple of days for a week. Will I be able to go to the Canary Islands ...

Can I renew my passport if it expires in only 4 days?  Question: I want to renew my passport without paying extra but it expires in four days. I don't have immediate travel plans so don't need it in the next ...

Can a child return to the United States with an expired passport?  Question: Hi. In this moment, my family and I are in Canada and we are all Americans. I have a daughter whose passport expired. She is 5 years old. We ...

Can I return to the USA with a passport expiring in five months? Question: Can I return to the USA with a US Passport which will expire within five months?

Can I travel to Nicaragua if my passport has than 6 months validity? Question: I want to be in Nicaragua from Feb 1-28, and then return to the US. But, my passport will expire on March 15th. It would be valid for my entire stay in Nicaragua but I definitely don't have 6 months before it expires. Will I have problems? Can I go?

Can I travel to Portugal with 5 1/2 months remaining on my passport? Question: I previously asked if I could travel to Spain with five and half months of validity left on my passport instead of six. I received a reply that Spain only requires 3 months, so I should be fine.

Can you travel out of the country on a soon to expire passport? Question: My passport expires in April. The person in the Post Office just told me that I cannot travel within 6 months of the expiration date. Is this correct?

Does Passport Expire When Minor Turns 18 Question: If I am 17 now, and just applied for a new passport, will it expire in 6 months when I turn 18?

I need to check my passport expiration date. Question: I'm afraid my passport will expire at the end of this month. I'm not sure. If it is already expired, then I'll have to get a new one.

Passport expires in 3 months from the date of travel Question: I am leaving the country and don't have time to renew my passport. My passport expires in 3 months. Will I still be allowed to use this passport or do I need to try a speedy renewal?

Passport issued in 1995. Can I renew or get new one? Question: My passport, according to the website, has passed the 15-year window (10 years plus 5 years after expiration). Do I apply for a renewal or apply for a new one?

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