A Reminder on Passport and Visa Requirements for International Travel

Apr 20, 2014

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TPG reader Adam wants to make sure I – and you all, as well – know something important about passports:

@thepointsguy: Are you aware that if your passport is set to expire within three months of your return date from a trip, you won’t be allowed entry to EU countries?

The answer is yes, absolutely! And thanks, Adam, for bringing this to everyone’s attention. To review all the requirements for entering EU countries as a non-EU national, click here.

In fact, in many cases,  your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after your entry or departure date from a country in order to be permitted entry. In addition, you need to have at least one empty visa page in your passport so that you can receive a foreign country’s entry stamp.


Before you travel, make sure you have at least one empty page in your passport - and confirm that it
Make sure you have at least one empty page in your passport – and confirm that it’s valid for as long as your destination requires

Whenever traveling internationally – especially when visiting far-flung locations that require long flights – it’s very important to make sure you know exactly what the entry and exit requirements and fees are for your destination(s). Check out the Traveler’s Checklist on the U.S. State Department’s website, and then confirm that you have all your visas in order, that your passport is valid, and that you have those open pages. After all, you don’t want to get off the plane in a foreign country and have to get right back on…and go home!

Personally, I use Allied Passport & Visa for all my visas, passport renewals and processing. They’re fast, reliable, knowledgeable – and they run discounts. I appreciate having them in my corner for expert information whenever I’m unsure about what’s required to enter or leave a country – because I like to travel and return home on a planned schedule.

Thanks again for this great tip, and if any of you have questions, message me on Facebooktweet me or email me at info@thepointsguy.com.

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