Brits going abroad this summer may find themselves turned away at border control. Passport validity rules often catch out tourists as many destinations require three to six months of validity on your passport.
This means if your passport expires in January 2024, you may not be able to travel from July 2023. This rule is especially important if you still have an old red passport, which is no longer issued since Brexit.
This means 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, reports Liverpool Echo.
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.
The countries that have a six-month or three-month passport rule
The 70 countries that have a six-month passport rule are:
Most of these countries are across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America.
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.
The 41 countries that have a three-month passport rule:
Most of these countries are across Europe, with some in Oceania, South America and the Middle East.
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
- Eritrea: three months
- Hong Kong: three months
- Lebanon: three months
- Macau: three months
- Micronesia: four months
- South Africa: three months
- The Maldives: three months
- Zambia: four months on arrival
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