I am leaving for a week-long trip to Sweden on June 2nd (just bought the plane tickets). My passport is valid up until September of this year (9/17/18 to be precise). So, it will certainly be valid for my trip. I have read that many countries require 6 months of additional passport validity. However, Sweden, nor Norway (which we might visit for a day), nor most European countries have this requirement.
It feels like it might be better to have this additional 6 month passport validity. International relations can change at any time and I suppose there’s no guarantee that Sweden won’t want to make travel a little more difficult for American within a couple of months.
However, I’ve also read that you should allow 8 weeks to have your passport renewed by mail and up to three weeks for expedited service. So, I worry that if I do send off my passport for renewal now, I might not actually get it back in time — or I will get it back in time, but it will be close and I’ll wind up being really stressed out about the whole thing.
So, what would you do?
- Renew the passport, although the chances you’ll need the additional validity are slim?
- Renew the passport, but run the risk of not getting it back in time and/or dealing with the stress of a close call?