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Old December 18, 2011, 02:16 PM   #1
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Going to Cabo in Feb & passport expires in June. Do I have to renew before I go?

We are flying to Mexico for 1 week in February, but I see that my passport expires in June of 2012. So, that means there will still be 4 months of validity left on it. I can't remember if you only need 3 months validity past your travel dates, or if it's 6 months.

I checked the US State Department website but I couldn't find anything. Anyone have any experience with this lately?

If I do have to renew it before I go, would I have to have the passport expedited at this point to make sure I get it back by President's Day? Or, if I just have it processed in the regular way is the turnaround time less than 6 weeks? I would hate to risk not having it back in time.

Thanks for any opinions, thoughts, or suggestions.

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Old December 18, 2011, 07:06 PM   #2
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I thought the passport needed to be valid for another 6 months from date of departure, but, I'm sure someone who knows for sure will advise.
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Old December 18, 2011, 07:43 PM   #3
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I found this on Travel.State.Gov


Q:How long is a passport valid and when should I renew my passport?
a:If you were over age 16 when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 10 years.
If you were age 15 or younger when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 5 years.

The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card.

If possible, you should renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.
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Old December 18, 2011, 07:45 PM   #4
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Check the Mexican Consulate's website and the airline's. If none of them require extra time, you are good to go, just renew when you get home. If you opt to renew beforehand, you have plenty of time. Turnaround for our SIL & grands' passports was only about 3 weeks recently.

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Old December 20, 2011, 11:19 AM   #5
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The only time I saw this an issue was when we traveled to Africa - they did check the expiration date, most other countries did not - some didn't even catch my last name didn't match the Visa or the airline ticket. So I believe it would vary according to the country.

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Old December 20, 2011, 05:50 PM   #6
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I, too, have been told that you can't go to Mexico if your passport expires within 6 months. I don't recall whether that relates to arrival or departure date...but I think it's arrival (how would they know when you plan to depart?).
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Old December 20, 2011, 07:28 PM   #7
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I, too, have been told that you can't go to Mexico if your passport expires within 6 months. I don't recall whether that relates to arrival or departure date...but I think it's arrival (how would they know when you plan to depart?).
Not knowing when you will depart is exactly the reason they want a buffer period before expiration. In case you weren't aware, a tourist visa is good for 180 days (six months).

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Old December 23, 2011, 05:52 PM   #8
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I think I saw a similiar post a long time ago and it said the passport has to be valid for 6 months as of the day of departure
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Old December 27, 2011, 11:21 PM   #9
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Passport must be good for at least 6 months

I hope that you have renewed your passport. I was informed by Grand circle Tours to make sure our passports are good for 6 months beyond our return date.
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Old December 30, 2011, 11:22 AM   #10
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I never new passports needed to be valid 6 months after a departure date! I always assumed that as long as you were home by the expireation date you would be fine... I am Canadian and am woundering if it is the same for us?
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Old December 30, 2011, 12:40 PM   #11
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I think I saw a similiar post a long time ago and it said the passport has to be valid for 6 months as of the day of departure
I think it depends on where you are going. I went to Aruba in January of this year and returned 3 days prior to my passport expiration date, with no problems and I asked AA before I left and was told travel to Aruba only needs a valid passport with a return date before expiration. I thought Mexico and Canada had the same requirements and don't need six months prior to expiration.

I then went to Israel in June and renewed my passport and my wife's passport as soon as we returned from Aruba since both were expiring within six monts.
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Old December 30, 2011, 01:32 PM   #12
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Not knowing when you will depart is exactly the reason they want a buffer period before expiration. In case you weren't aware, a [Mexican] tourist visa is good for 180 days (six months).

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This makes sense. By requiring that a visitor's passport is valid for the entire period of a tourist visa, they make sure you will be valid to enter your home country when your visa expires.

Incidentally, the OP was 6 weeks ago and time is getting short for renewal (without expediting at extra charge) before a February departure.
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Old April 10, 2012, 09:55 PM   #13
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We traveled to Cabo in November 2010 & my passport expired in January 2011. I never had an issue while in Mexico.

I think it depends on how long you are staying in Mexico. Probably if you are staying over the time that your passport expires; I would renew my passport.

I never knew about the 6 months window period. Interesting?
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