Passport & Visa Information
For holders of U.S. passports, the expiration date is on the inside front cover, next to the passport holder’s photo. After that date, the passport is no longer a valid travel document. Some countries, however, refuse to allow entry to anyone holding passport that expires in less than three or six months. Very often, the traveler will not get that far, since airlines and cruise ships routinely deny boarding to any travelers without the correct documents — including those whose passports expire too soon. Customs officials tend to be strict about these requirements — a passport with five months and three weeks of validity would be turned away.
Knowing the Rules
Travelers planning overseas trips are responsible for knowing the rules for entering the countries they want to visit. A good source of up-to-date information about passport validity is the U.S. Department of State’s travel website (travel.state.gov), which lists entry requirements by country. Would-be travelers should also consult the embassy websites of countries they want to visit. The following are examples of countries with six-month passport validity requirements, but this is not an exhaustive list.