July 10, 2015

Passport requirements for 39 countries… and counting!

This post is a growing list of 39 countries and the rules around passport and visa requirements for entry…

A cautionary tale: Last year our friends were about to embark on a family holiday from New Zealand to Vanuatu and stayed with us in Auckland before their departure the next day. They’d booked a deal online, 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 departure. Even a phone call to the Vanuatu consular went in vain who 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 countries and added links for you to do any further investigation you might need regarding how long your passport needs to be valid and whether you require a visa to visit…

*Please note: I am not a travel agent. If you have specific questions about your own passport, please contact your travel agent, the airline you are flying with or the embassy of the country you are visiting. I won’t be publishing any more comments about individual passport questions. My aim in this post is to provide you with an easy one-stop article of links to help you research your travels. Any other questions should be directed to the relevant authorities. Hope that makes sense 🙂


So, how long does your passport need to be valid for travel to…?

Argentinaa passport valid for the duration of your stay. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.

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

Brazil6 months validity beyond your stay, plus a visa is required for US, Australian citizens. New Zealand and UK do not require a visa.

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

Canadavalid for duration of stay you’ll also need an ETA visa for CAD$7 from most countries. Click here for visa info

Chilepassport valid for 90 days beyond departure date. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.

China6 months passport validity and you’ll also need a visa if you’re from the countries on this link. And here’s a very important detail to note: even if you are doing the 24 hour or 72 hour transit without a visa, if you stop twice in China you will need a visa. Despite my brother-in-law and his girlfriend doing all their research telling them no visa was required and boarding a flight to Beijing from Amsterdam, they were declined onward travel and had to purchase a new direct flight once they were in Beijing. €1500 later! It seems that one employee decided this was the rule, despite assurances by the airline it wasn’t. Moral of the story, don’t stop twice when transiting through China if you can help it!

Croatia3 months passport validity beyond the length of stay. A visa is not required but a return ticket is if you not travelling on an EU passport.

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 >>

Myanmar6 months beyond the date of departure. Visas are also required and cannot be acquired upon arrival, you need to sort this out before you arrive.

Nepal6 months plus a page free for a visa. You get your visa on arrival for $25.

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

Rarotonga (Cook Islands)6 months

Singapore6 months 

Samoa6 months 

South Africa1 month (although I have had a note from a reader that this is now 6 months. So please check with the embassy or airline before you book.) Also note that visa rules have changed and New Zealanders are required to obtain a visa. Click here for the list of exempt countries >>

Spain3 months. I loved Barcelona, so if you’re heading there read my post 9 Best Things To Do In Barcelona

Sri Lanka6 months – and at least one blank page in your passport! You may also need a visa and can get that online through ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation System)

Tahiti3 months

Thailand6 months

UKvalid for length of stay

USA6 months longer than your intended stay and a Visa Waiver must be purchased online at least 72 hours before departure for US$14.

Note: if you have EVER visited these 7 “banned” countries: Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran, Iraq and Yemen, you will NEED a visa to enter the United States. You cannot use the ESTA visa waiver. But the good news is your visa is valid for 10 years. Just make sure you allow plenty of time (like maybe even a couple of months) to arrange your interview at your local US Consulate and the processing time.


USA Addendum: after this post was published, all sorts of hooha ensued about whether or not we can enter the United States with a passport valid for less than six months, and it turns out that New Zealand (and all these countries listed here) have signed an agreement with the USA that we can enter as long as our passport is valid for the duration of our stay.

(And here is my post with a link to apply for your ESTA Visa Waiver – don’t get duped and pay too much!)


Vanuatu6 months  Check out my short videos I made in Vanuatu if you need an excuse to visit!

Vietnam6 months after your visa has expired. And yes, just about everyone needs a visa. You can get them at your local embassy or online and pick up at the airport. Note: if you are entering Vietnam another way (via road or river boat, for example) you need to get one BEFORE you enter. Click here for info on your Vietnam visa and how to go about getting one online >>




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  1. Kala on

    Hey Megan, I wanted to know if the information is valid right now. I’m getting so many different information, idk which to trust. Could u plz plz lemme know if the Hong Kong and the 1 month validity on passport also applies to travellers from India??

    • Megan on

      Hi Kala, as I’ve said in the post, I’m not in a position to comment on individual passports. You’d need to contact the embassy or the airline or a travel agent who would be able to help you.

  2. Thelma on

    Hey Megan!
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I was a victim of that once when I was to travel to South Africa, and I got to find out at the embassy that my passport has to be valid for a period of 30 days after the expiration of my visa. It was very stressful having to get another passport, and visa after I had gotten the previous on.

    I found this blog post: https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/south-africa-visa-apply/ very helpful, as it had almost all the information I needed and a step by step guide on how to obtain a South Africa Visa. Following through it was seamless, and I had a wonderful stay in South Africa.

    Thanks for sharing this again. I’ll be more careful next time.

  3. Jefferson V. Pascual on

    Im from Phillipines, i will travel to Bali, Indonesia from March 13 to 15, 2018.. Is it safe with my passport that will expires on June 27, 2018?

    • Megan on

      Hi Jefferson, as I said in the post, I’m not a travel agent. You’ll need to ask your specific passport questions to the relevant authorities. Try your travel agent, the airline who is flying you or your embassy. – Megan

    • Megan on

      Hi, please call the airline. I’m not a travel agent and would not like to give you the wrong advice. I have provided links to more information for you, but know no more than that. Good luck!

  4. Dawn martin on

    Interested to know if my passport is valid for length of stay in UK
    What about the stopover in Dubai? Is it val8d for stopover?
    My UK passport runs out in Nov
    But will travel from nz to UK in aug/sept

    • Megan on

      Hi Dawn, passport requirements differ for each country so you would need to check that you have three or six months validity for the country you are staying for your stop over too.

  5. Zeena on

    Hi Megan, nice and very informative post. My question I guess is first where can I find the agreement between countries that this is the specific amount of time that a certain country allows the passport validity and second is if such an agreement is existing then why does airline still refuse to issue ticket. My passport will expire by July 11th this year and my British partner and I wants to go to HK from Feb 28 to March 6 this.
    Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

    • Megan on

      Hi Zeena, I suggest you contact the embassy of the passport you hold to get further clarification in writing. Sometimes one person at the airline will say one thing and another person another thing. It’s very frustrating!

      • Zeena on

        Hi Megan,

        Thank you. Just to share with you I called Bureau of Immigration in our country and per memorandum of agreement the Philippines is exempt from the 6 month validity rule as long as your passport is valid a month before departure. This applies to Macau too per our country’s agreement with them. They emailed me too so I can have a copy.

  6. chibuzo on

    Please can someone who just did her American international passport on 19/12/2017 travel with it to Nigeria for a visit?….Please I need an answer, she want to come and visit me in Nigeria next month she is American citizen.

    • Megan on

      Ummm I would have thought so, but as I said in the post I am not a travel agent or an embassy official. Please check with them or the airline you will fly with to be sure.

  7. Mystika on

    Hi Megan, I’m Philippines citizen and live in Netherland , I go for vacation/passport renew in Philippines on January 19, 2018 but my passport is valid until May 18, 2018! Can you give me advice what to do!
    Thank you so much…

  8. Christine Routledge on

    Iam travelling to kefaloinia in Greece in May 2018 from the UK our passports run out November the 2nd are we ok to still travel with our passports or do they need to be valid for 6 months.

  9. LJ on

    I want to travel to the UK in 2 weeks from Zimbabwe. My sons passport expires in February 2018 he has a valid visa. Would we be refused entry into the UK?

    • Megan on

      This is a question for the airline, your embassy or your travel agent. I have provided links to more info, but if what you’re looking for is not there, then you’ll need to make a phone call to one of those.

  10. Chantele Cropper on

    Hello! I plan to leave for Sri Lanka in July of 2018. Does the passport requirements mean I need to get a passport now so that it’ll be valid for 6 months? Or does it mean that it needs to be valid for 6 months after I get to Sri Lanka? The wording confused me. I just want to know if it’s already too late for me to get my passport.

  11. Eve on

    I am planning to travel to philippines this coming christmas ..I am holding a german passport which is expiring in April 2018. Can I still travel?..my plan is to stay only for 2 weeks.
    Thank you for your help.

  12. clarissa on

    I’m planning to go to Las Vegas, Nevada in December of this year 2017 but my passport will expire next year of May 2018.. Can i still use my passport though?

    • Megan on

      Hi Clarissa, you don’t say which nationality your passport is, so I can’t answer this question – and of course anything could change between now and December with the US government! I would check with your airline or travel agent.

    • Christine on

      Hi clarissa I have the same concern like your and I’m brother is traveling here in the California, thus the Philippines Immigration allowed you to go out in the Philippines? Thanks aand God bless

  13. Mj on

    My son is station in japan. Wanting to go stay for 6 months. And when I leave to come back to the states how long will it be before I could go back and see him again. Is there a time fame that I have to Wait to go back?

  14. dino on

    Hi Megan. I’ll be travelling to Japan this nov but my passport will be 1 day short of the so called 6 months validity when I leave japan (ex. japan trip nov 1 to 5 2017 but passport will expire May 4 2018). Will I be denied entry when I get there? Also, you mentioned in your post above the a “passport must be valid during the duration of your stay in Japan”, does valid mean expiration on the passport or the so called 6 months before expiration?



  15. peter on

    hi ,

    kajakistan , kyrgstan , tajakistan , Uzbekistan , Turkmenistan , Georgia , moldowa, Ukraine , do u have info , about their requirements on validity of passport.
    , I have two full pages n 2 months validity ,


  16. Asi on


    I am due to travel to Canada on 8th and return on 14th of August my passport expires 1 Nov. 2017…does my passport allow enough time to make trip and return? Thanks in advance.


    • Megan on

      Well according to my research linked on this post your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. If you need reassurance contact your travel agent or embassy 🙂

  17. Brenel B.Alcause on

    my phillippine passport starts september 2012 and ends up september 2017 can trevel torist hongkong for 3days do i have to renew it my phillippine passport

    • Megan on

      Hi Susanne, my post has links to more info on passports and that’s all I can offer as I’m not a travel agent. I would personally err on the side of getting a new one, but you’re best to check with the airline or embassy.

  18. lucy on

    Devastated! I am a British resident of nz. Stupidly didn’t even think to check my passport expiration / entry requirements for fiji. My passport expires in October giving me 3 months. Fiji requires 6 months. We travel on 6th July ??? … am hoping against hope that a phone call to the fiji embassy might allow me some grace on this… any other ideas.? Completely devastated right now!

  19. kyle on

    I already booked a flight from philippines to honkong, but i only have 5months and 2 weeks passport validity, will the hk immigration allow me to enter or is there any possible problem i will encounter. are they not strict about 6 months policy, thanks.

    • Megan on

      Hi Kyle, I only know what you have seen on the link I provided. I would phone your travel agent or the airline to double check that. Let us know the outcome!

  20. Avi Tiwari on

    Hi Megan,

    My passport expires on 16 oct 2017 and i need to travel Austria on 05 aug and return on 14 aug 2017. This will be a business visa travel
    Googling mentions that it should not expire within 3 months of last date of travel. Can you please confirm on this.

    • Megan on

      Hi Avi

      I’m not an authority on passport expiration, I wrote the post with links to help readers easily access the info they need. My advice is to check with the embassy or your travel agent to be doubly sure.


  21. James @ Wan Ling Tea House on

    Just checked on the UK by phoning their expensive advise line and they have confirmed that you only need a passport and visa valid for the duration of your stay. 15th June 2017

    @Megan – thanks for this article. The airline prevented us booking tickets for my daughter last night and we had a family panic. Hopefully everything is now ok. However, probably good for everyone to think about updating their passports if there will be less than 6 months validity at the time of travel. Seems many countries are now applying this rule.

    @Megan if you ever make it to Shanghai please do come and visit us for tea. We have a small tea house in Xuhui district. Thanks again.

  22. monika on

    My husband and myself travelling Uk in 21 july and his passport will expire in 22 jan’18, he got visa, I was told he may not be allowed to uk… Pls help as we are not getting exact information.

    • Megan on

      Hi there, I have added links to more info on each destination so you can read more detail as I am no authority on passports. This post is to provide details and links to make it easy for people to see at a glance what they need. For specific questions I would make contact with the embassy or an airline directly. -Megan

  23. Don Lown on

    My wife’s passport expires Aug. 28, 2017. She is suppose to leave here on June 6, 2017 for three weeks. I was told she may not be allowed to enter Japan if her passport expires with less than three months. Please help me, no place open until Monday.


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