Can I travel with less than 6-months validity left on my passport?

This is a question we get all the time and the answer is: Maybe

Other nations request that you have at least 6-months left on your passport when you enter their country due to concerns that you become delayed due to illness or some other unforseen problem. They don't want you in their country with an expired passport. Some countries with which the US has good diplomatic relations (Canada, Mexico, the UK, etc.) might overlook this if you have say, 5 months left before your passport expires however, you cannot predict where along the process you might be denied.

The airline as you are leaving the US should check your passport and could deny you boarding. Or you could fly to London and be denied entry by the border authority there. There is no way to predict if or when traveling on a soon-to-expire passport will cause a problem but you have to ask: is it worth the cost to risk it? Renew your passport well before your passport expires (we suggest once you have a year left) and never try to travel with less than 6-months remaining on it.

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American Visa Service - 53 West Jackson - Suite 1226 - Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 922-8860 fax (312)922-7578


Note: Visa documents not in our office by 9:30 a.m. (CST) may be submitted the following business day and/or may be charged additional rush fees to meet a date of departure. We suggest you ship documents by UPS Early AM with signature waived as all other options generally arrive too late for submission. All passport documents will be submitted the day after they are received. AVS is not responsible for deliveries to our office. American Visa Service, Inc. is not responsible for passports lost, delayed or damaged by any government office, Consulate or delivery service. American Visa is not responsible for the websites of other offices nor for problems with those sites. Fees and/or requirements may change with little or no advance notice. All cancelled orders will incur a 10% credit card fee to cover the fees AVS is charged by Visa/MC/Amex to process charges and refunds.


Please follow the instruction for the Visa or Passport service that you require. If you still have questions, call our office during office hours or email us.

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