The six-month rule: Why it is a must to renew passports before they expire

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When a person leaves and enters a country, he or she will be required to present a valid passport so immigration officials can check their identity. In the United States, most passports have a ten-year validity from the date they were issued. While a lot of people think it’s okay to use their passport until its month of expiration, it is advisable that they have it renewed months before their planned trips.

Governments, airlines, and cruise lines have rules regarding passport validity. For example, all foreign travelers bound for China should have a passport that is valid for six months before they are allowed to enter the country. If the person’s passport will expire in less than six months, they may be denied entry to their country of destination.

Image source: de.usembassy.gov

When planning for a trip, it is best to check the country’s passport or visa requirements. Renewing passports at least six months before they expire is safe enough for tourists to have peace of mind before they plan their travel.

Passport renewals in the United States usually take up to four to six weeks of processing. Expedited applications can take two to three weeks. However, the time it takes to mail applications is not included in this frame. Americans who live outside the United States can have their passports renewed by visiting their local consulate offices.

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