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1. Posted by sebytfc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

One of the things that I forgot to do before I came over to Thailand was to check exactly when my passport was out of date. Its out of date on 19th Nov - and I must admit I only noticed the other day when I flew to Malaysia and was told by the check in staff that it was a week less than 6 months. I had to sign a disclaimer absolving Air Asia of any repsonsibilty for costs and that I might inccur in Malaysia. As I it turned out it didnt prove a problem at all at Malaysian immigration at all.

I was planning on going to Cambodia at some point next week, however a new passport is going to take 15working days to get. As I am due to head back to England early July it eats up the time I was hoping to spend in Cambodia/Vietnam. My plan is now to try and get into Cambodia with my current passport and then apply for a new passport in Cambodia I'd much rather wait in Cambodia than in Thailand for a new one. Does anyone have any idea whether I will encounter serious trouble getting into Cambodia with a passport with just less than 6 months validity?

I know noone can give me a specific yes or no, but any help would be much appreciated.

[ Edit: Edited at May 31, 2006 1:54 AM by sebytfc ]

2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

The British Embassy in Phomn Penh states that for UK citizens, "Passports should have minimum three-month validity beyond your intended length of stay.". I think you might be ok, maybe if you speak to the Embassy they would be able to give more advice?

Donna

3. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

I'm afraid I can't be of much help, but am in kind of the same boat and am wondering if anybody here has any thoughts on the matter.

I'm expecting to travel to SEA for about 6 weeks from the end of September to early November. My passport expires in February of 2007. Should I look into having it renewed before I leave?

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting john7buck

I'm afraid I can't be of much help, but am in kind of the same boat and am wondering if anybody here has any thoughts on the matter.

I'm expecting to travel to SEA for about 6 weeks from the end of September to early November. My passport expires in February of 2007. Should I look into having it renewed before I leave?

John,
DO NOT fly into Asia with your present passport.
Apply for a new passport before you leave for your trip. I did this last Nov. and had my new passport in 3 weeks. It is not worth the problems you will encounter with a passport with so few months remaining. A word to the wise.

5. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

Thanks Mike,

That's pretty much the answer I was expecting. I suppose there is not much sense in taking the chance, even though it seems a bit odd that a valid passport would not get you in.

Laws is laws I guess.

Thanks for the tip!

6. Posted by sinmkp (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

hi Guys

Trust me. I worked in the airport as a check-in staff for a major airline. You will need at least 6 months validity for your passport. It is NOT worth the risk to try to travel to Asia with a passport less than 6 months. You will get deported back to the last country you left at your OWN cost. And once you return to there, you will be held in a deportee room and send back to your own country. You just going to waste your money,time and breath just talking or pleading with the immigration officer.

Morgan

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Quoting john7buck

... I suppose there is not much sense in taking the chance, even though it seems a bit odd that a valid passport would not get you in.

Laws is laws I guess. ...

If I'm not mistaken, the rule is there to reduce problems (for both the host country and the visitor) in case of overstaying.

Overstaying with a valid passport means you're merely overstaying a social visit pass or a visa. The punishment usually means an immediate deportation and possibly a blacklisting of your name from entering the country again.

Overstaying with an invalid passport, on the other hand, could mean that you're an illegal immigrant. That carries a totally different and heavier punishment. In Malaysia, apart from a jail sentence, an illegal immigrant is liable to whipping if found guilty. He will then be deported back to his own country.