How long do I need on my passport to travel? A country-by-country breakdown

May 20, 2022

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For thousands of Brits planning a trip abroad right now, sliding a passport under a small window at border control has never felt like such a daunting proposition. That’s if they manage to board their plane in the first place…

Under current E.U. guidelines, British travellers hoping to reach mainland Europe must hold passports that are a) issued less than 10 years earlier on the day of departure, and b) expire at least three months after the intended day of return.

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However, as TPG reported again this week, many airlines have actually not followed the guidance properly and even barred passengers who passed this test from boarding their aircraft, costing people thousands of pounds in cancelled bookings.

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To top it off, passengers still face record delays for new passports, forcing many to risk travelling with documents with expiry dates nearing their end.

Related: Will you get compensation if you’re stopped from boarding with a valid passport? It’s complicated

So, with the world continuing to open up following the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s well worth knowing what shape you need your passport to be in to visit certain destinations. Always consult Foreign Travel Advice on Gov.uk before you travel, but in the meantime here’s a guide to what you can expect.

How long do I need on my BRITISH passport TO ENTER…

Australia
Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

Argentina
Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

Barbados
Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

Brazil
Your passport should have at least six months validity.

British Virgin Islands
Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

Canada
Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

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China

Your passport should have at least six months validity.

Dubai
Your passport should have at least six months validity.

Egypt
Your passport should have at least six months validity.

E.U. countries
Barring Northern Cyprus which requires at least six months validity, the passport expiry date for any of these E.U. countries is at least three months after the day of departure

Austria
Belgium
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden

Iceland
As a member of the Schengen Zone, your passport must be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country, or valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave.

India
Your passport must be machine-readable, says Gov.Uk, with two blank pages for your visa and valid for a minimum of 180 days when you enter the country.

Israel
Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days following your departure date. Israeli authorities strongly recommend travelling with 6 months passport validity at all times.

Akihabara Electric town, street view, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Matteo Colombo / Gettys


Japan

Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

Mexico
Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

Morocco
Your passport should be valid for the proposed period of your stay.

New Zealand
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of one month from the date of exit.

Philippines
Your passport should have at least six months’ validity.

Singapore
Your passport should have at least six months’ validity.

South Africa
Your passport should be valid for at least 30 days from the date you depart the country, but it’s suggested that you have at least six months on your passport before expiry. You should also have at least two blank pages in your passport when you enter and leave.

Thailand
Your passport should have at least six months’ validity.

Turkey
Your passport should have at least six months’ validity.

USA
Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.

Zimbabwe
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of your arrival and have three blank pages left in it to enable you to enter Zimbabwe

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