UK holidaymakers who are still using a red passport need to check their documents before they travel. That is because a number of countries will not allow people to enter if their passport has less than three months left on it.
Popular countries including the likes of Spain, France, Italy and Norway all require visitors to have over three months. Other countries – including Egypt and Indonesia – have a six-month validity passport rule that states passports must be valid for another six months before the holder’s departure for international travel.
This rule is especially important if you still have a red passport, which are no longer being issued after the country left the EU meaning all red passports are due to expire in the coming years. According to VisaGuide.World there are 70 countries that have a six-month passport rule, while another 41 apply the three-month passport validity rule, which means travellers can enter their territory if they have a passport that is valid for at least three more months.
This rule is especially important if you still have a red passport, which are no longer being issued after the country left the EU meaning all red passports are due to expire in the coming years. While thousands of people are still able to use their red passports if they’re in date, you must check its expiry date.
To make it easier, we’ve listed every country with passport validity rules.
70 countries that have a six-month passport rule:
Afghanistan, Indonesia, Samoa, Algeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Anguilla, Iraq, Singapore, Bahrain, Israel, Solomon Islands, Bhutan, Jordan, Somalia, Botswana, Kenya, Somaliland, British Virgin Islands, Kiribati, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Laos, Sudan, Cambodia, Madagascar, Suriname, Cameroon, Malaysia, Taiwan, Cayman Islands, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Micronesia, Thailand, Chad, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Comoros, Namibia, Tokelau, Côte D’Ivoire, Nicaragua, Tonga, Curacao, Nigeria, Tuvalu, Ecuador, Oman, Uganda, Egypt, Palau, United Arab Emirates, El Salvador, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Equatorial Guinea, Philippines, Venezuela, Fiji, Qatar, Vietnam, Gabon, Rwanda, Yemen, Guinea Bissau, Saint Lucia, Zimbabwe, and Guyana.
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41 countries that have a three-month passport rule:
Albania, Lithuania, Austria, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan, Malta, Belarus, Moldova, Belgium, Monaco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Czechia, Nauru, Estonia, Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, France, North Macedonia, Georgia, Norway, Germany, Panama, Greece, Poland, Honduras, Portugal, Iceland, Senegal, Italy, Slovakia, Jordan, Slovenia, Kuwait, Spain, Latvia, Sweden, Lebanon, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
Countries with other validity rules:
Bermuda-45 days upon entry, Eritrea- three months on arrival, Hong Kong- three months on arrival, Lebanon- three months on arrival, Macau- three months on arrival, Micronesia- four months on arrival, South Africa- three months on arrival, The Maldives- three months on arrival, and Zambia- four months on arrival.