Question: Which Countries Require a US Passport Valid for at Least Six Months?
Many countries require travelers holding US passports to present passports valid at least six months beyond their date of entry.
If your travel plans include a stop in any of the countries listed below, be sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date. If you need to renew or add more pages to your passport before you travel, allow two to three months for this process, depending on the time of year.
Countries Requiring Visitors to Hold a Passport Valid for at Least Six Months Past Entry Date:
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Ecuador (including Galápagos Islands)
- French Polynesia
- New Caledonia
- Nicaragua (currently waived by bilateral agreement)
- Papua New Guinea
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- Timor-Leste (East Timor)
*Israel does not require US passport holders to demonstrate six months' validity, but, according to the US Department of State, some airlines that fly from the US to Israel do require six months' validity.
**Micronesia requires US passport holders to demonstrate four months' validity.Source: US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. Country Specific Information. Accessed July 9, 2011.