July 10, 2015

How long must passports be valid for travel?

This post is a list of 30 countries and the rules around how long your passport must be valid for entry…

A cautionary tale: Last year our friends (visitors from Hawkes Bay) were about to embark on a family holiday in Vanuatu and stayed with us in Auckland before their departure the next day. They’d booked a deal on Expedia, entered the required details, got their tickets and arrived at ours bouncing with excitement, snorkels and masks, sun hats and sun screen all carefully packed.

The next morning they left our house bright and early and an hour later we got a phone call. Dad’s passport had 5 and a half months before it expired and they were refused entry. Even a phone call to the Vanuatu consular went in vain who they told Air New Zealand that if they carried him, he would be sent home. After a few more phone calls and racking of brains about how to change their holiday, Air New Zealand graciously let them book a trip to Sydney instead where snorkels and masks were not required. Expedia came to the party too with a part refund on accommodation.

Passport validity requirements

 

So to make sure the same fate doesn’t befall you, I have gathered together this list of 30 countries and added links for you to do any further investigation you might need to re how long your passport needs to be valid to visit…

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Australiavalid for duration of stay. A visa is also required for passport holders from Britain, EU, Canada, USA.

Cambodia6 months, plus a visa which can be obtained on arrival or in advance

Canadavalid for duration of stay

China6 months passport validity and you’ll also need a visa if you’re from the countries on this link

Cuba – You’ll need 6 months after departure and a visa. Read my 20 Things You Need To Know Before You Go To Cuba here >>

Dubai6 months after expiry. Read my post on 6 Things To Do In Dubai here >>

Fiji6 months

France3 months 

Germany3 months

Greece3 months 

Hong Kong1 month.  You might like my post on Where to Shop in Hong Kong here >>>

India6 months (actually they say 180 days) And you may need a visa if you’re from NZ, Australia, UK, USA, Canada or the EU

Indonesia6 months 

Italy3 months

Japanvalid for duration of stay

Malaysia6 months 

Mexico6 months is recommended, although you may be able to have shorter if you can prove your length of stay is over before your passport expires. Read my post on Baja Mexico is the Next Big Thing >>

New Caledonia3 months, or duration of of stay for EU nationals 

New Zealand3 months

Oman6 months. Here is my post on 5 Great Things To Do In Oman >>

Philippines6 months

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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