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Old 06-04-2008, 21:31   #1
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passport and 6 month rule

advice needed, I am traveling to crete in May, but my current passport expires in October. I have read that you require 6 months left on your passport when you return to the UK.

Can anyone confirm if this is the case, and will i be able to travel with my exsisting passport??

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Old 06-04-2008, 21:34   #2
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

most countries require this.

When are you going?

get a replacement now, is possible try and go to the nearest passport office, it may be done quicker.
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Old 06-04-2008, 21:43   #3
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

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Old 06-04-2008, 21:47   #4
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

The rule is that you should have 6 months left on your passport at the time you are due leave the country you are entering. So, if you are on a 2 week holiday, you have to have 6 months and 2 weeks on the day you enter.

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Just saw your reply. You need a new passport. You may be able to get away with it, but I wouldn't chance it to be honest.
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Old 06-04-2008, 21:47   #5
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

AFAIK the rule is entry to Crete requires that your passport is still valid for 6 months on the date you intend to return to the UK..

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Re: passport and 6 month rule

may be worth checking with a travel agent, it appears you may not need to rush one through
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-...uirements&pg=4
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

panic over - thanks all for your help.
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Old 06-04-2008, 22:06   #8
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

You should still renew it, it only takes about two weeks normally, even by post.
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

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You should still renew it, it only takes about two weeks normally, even by post.
And it costs a small fortune (£68 when I renewed last year, but i'm sure it went up on 1/4/08 like everything else!)
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

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And it costs a small fortune (£68 when I renewed last year, but i'm sure it went up on 1/4/08 like everything else!)
£72 now

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AFAIK if the country your traveling to is in the EU then the 6 month rule does not apply
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

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AFAIK if the country your traveling to is in the EU then the 6 month rule does not apply
I'm not so sure about that as I had to get a new one to travel to Amsterdam but i can't remember if my old one had run out completely or not
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

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I'm not so sure about that as I had to get a new one to travel to Amsterdam but i can't remember if my old one had run out completely or not
For Greece it only has to be valid for your period of stay

http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelgui...es/Greece/Visa

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In fact to enter Greece, EU nationals dont strictly need a passport. An identify card is all that is required but as we still dont have one we have to use the passport
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

It's not really a rule in many places more of guidance. If you are there and get injured or sick then you may find yourself also needing a new passport to get home.

I travelled back to the UK in November with my son for a long weekend. I knew my passport was good. I got a new 10yr before I moved here. Checking in at the airport was fine also. Got to the baggage drop and they asked when I was planning on returning. Sunday, why? Oh your sons passport expires on Tuesday!

That was a close one.

And my son as a 5yr old dual national I think I just spent nearly $400 renewing both his passports and will be doing the same again in 5 years and again in 5 years and then he will be 15 and still not entitled to a 10 year passport so doing the same again in 5 years. Expensive this passport stuff.
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Re: passport and 6 month rule

Went to renew my passport and its was £75 - bloody rob!
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