This is a privately owned website and not a government agency. Click to learn more.

Travel to Europe on a soon-to-expire passport

by Debra
(Woodmere, NY)

Question: My child was issued a passport 5 years ago when she was 13. It expires in February of next year. She is traveling to Europe this summer on a teen tour without a parent. Does she need a new passport before she goes?

Answer: The need to obtain a new passport for your daughter depends on when the passport will expire and which countries she will visit on the tour. Some countries require at least six months validity remaining in a passport beyond the visit before they will issue a visa or allow a traveler to enter.

Count six months after your daughter's expected return date. If the expiration date is beyond this date, then there is no need to renew the passport. If it expires before this date, you need to verify the entry requirements for the countries she will visit.

Foreign Entry Requirements

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Passport Expiration FAQ.

Top 5 Questions About Expedited Passport Couriers

Latest Passport & Travel Updates

Emergency Passport Renewal
How to get an emergency passport renewal in the U.S. or abroad. Discover the steps to renew your passport the same day.

How to Renew a U.S. Passport Fast
Learn to expedite passport renewals as quickly as the same day. Where and how to renew passport in a hurry.

Make Your Own Passport Photos
Use the online Passport Photo Wizard tool to make your own passport photos in minutes. Save money and time.

Passport Renewal Videos
Watch step-by-step instructional passport videos of how to renew a passport in 3 steps.

The Ultimate Jet Lag Survival Guide
Jet lag is almost certain if you travel across several time zones. Discover how to minimize the effects of jet lag for every age group and ensure a more rewarding family trip.