I am leaving for Greece/Turkey in May with a passport that expires in July. Is this an issue? Do I need to rush to get a new passport? Help! I read on lonelyplant, "Make sure your passport will still have at least three months' life in it after you enter Turkey."
It is a potential problem. There are a number of points when you could have problems. First, the check in with the airline. They can be really fussy because they have take you back if you are denied entry. The next point will be the immigration officers in Turkey. It depends on how he is feeling about enforcing any policy related to short passports. They do not want you to have an accident or an illness or anything that might keep you in country unexpectedly and then your passport expires. Causes all kinds of problems. Now, people will report that they have traveled with less than six months or sometimes three on their passports with no problems. And you could do the same BUT there is always the possibility that someone will object - then what do you do. Cannot believe that you would plan a trip for several months and not check the expiration of your passport. Such a small, minor item. Our expire in September and we have started the renewal process now.
Tracy,, if it was me,, I would go now and get my passport renewed. Your trip costs too much to have any risk you could have averted at home ruin.
It could be a problem, and like others have said it could come down to how picky the airline agent or the immigration officer wants to be that day. You're not toooooo far from the Seattle Passport Agency where you can renew it in person and get the new one in about a week, so I'd probably try to renew it if I were you just so I wouldn't have to worry about it. Good luck and have fun on the trip!
From the Greek Consulate website New York: " ...A valid passport or Travel document. (Please make sure that your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen States)...." So it would be best to renew.
When I lived in Miami I took my ticket to the passport agency and they expedited the process (I picked up the passport the same day).
For most European countries, you need to have a minimum of 3 months on your passport. As the others have said, while it is possible that you would have no problems, do you really want to risk your entire trip? You'll need an expedited renewal, or even go to the passport office itself given your short time.
Take the others' advice and get an expedited renewal NOW. Also, as the others say, you can never tell if immigration will wisk you through quick or will really look at your passport. When I landed in Greece in 2007, Greek immigration barely glanced at my passport and quickly stamped it--same on return to U.S. On a trip to Winnipeg the same year, I got detained by Canadian immigration flying in while they took their time looking at my passport and asking me questions. You might be able to skate through with your July expiration passport--but I would not risk it.
Thank you for the information. I went today to get the passport renewed and I'll have it by Wednesday. Crises averted! Thanks again!!
We just paid $170 each to fastrack our passports for a June trip. The original ones expired this coming October. We read that you have to have a passport that expires at least six months after your planned returnd date. I wouldn take any chances on not getting it in time.
"...We read that you have to have a passport that expires at least six months after your planned returnd date...." Most all countries in Europe have a three month rule. A few countries like the UK and Germany have no expiration rule....your passport simply needs to be valid for the duration of your stay.
When I was in Switzerland last November, there was guy whose passport expired in 4 months time and they would not admit him into the country. He was a U.S. citizen...they kept shouting 6 months 6 months at him. He was escorted away and presumably sent back to the U.S. It seems there is no hard and fast rule so I always go the 6 months rule...