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Travelling with a soon to expire passport.

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1. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 6y

Hi everyone

Just wondering....my lovely passport finally expires on 20th August, and I am thinking of going away for a few days sometime between 28th July and 8th August.

I know if you are travelling outside the EU you usually need about 6 months left, but if I am only travelling within EU (probably the Netherlands) will I be OK with only two/three weeks left on it?

Have got the form to renew it but was hoping i wouldn't have to.

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 6y

Hey Clara,

I was once travelling with a soon to expire passport (I think I had a month left) within Europe and had no problems at the borders. A government worker then said to me when I finally renewed it, that while visa regulations state that a passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure many countries have an agreement to automatically extend the validity of a passport for six months past the expiration date.
So, I guess you will be fine and I can totally understand you want to hang on to your passport for as long as you can. Mine has expired since December and I just can't bring myself to get it invalidated .
Luckily, I can travel with my German ID card within Europe ;). Don't you have such a thing in the U.K. and could you use it as an alternative to the passport?

Steff

3. Posted by Skylarking (Budding Member 27 posts) 6y

I thought that you needed 6 months to travel anywhere within the EU, except the Republic of Ireland where you don't need it at all, at all.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

Quoting steff

Luckily, I can travel with my German ID card within Europe ;). Don't you have such a thing in the U.K. and could you use it as an alternative to the passport?

No, there is no such thing as an ID card in the UK. The govt keeps threatening to bring one in but we (the people!!! ) are very much against it, so hopefully it won't happen.

5. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 6y

Quoting bwiiian

No, there is no such thing as an ID card in the UK. The govt keeps threatening to bring one in but we (the people!!! ) are very much against it, so hopefully it won't happen.

Why are you against it? Privacy reasons? I mean you're supposed to carry the ID card around with you at all times here but I only use it for travelling and don't think there's much difference to a passport.

6. Posted by Skylarking (Budding Member 27 posts) 6y

Quoting steff

Why are you against it? Privacy reasons? I mean you're supposed to carry the ID card around with you at all times here but I only use it for travelling and don't think there's much difference to a passport.

steff, the full discussion is a beyond the remit of this site. It is not so much the ID card in itself as the database that underlies it, the uses to which these data could be put (without the consent of the person to whom they belong) and the likelihood of these data being lost. You can find more information here: no2id

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 6y

Hi Clara

I thought it was a pre-requiste 6 months required on passports too - although l can see why you would want to hold off on renewing it - the price of a new passport is horrendous now!! Although the months left on your current passport prior to the expiry date do get added on to the new one so you dont necessarily loose them if you get what l mean!

But they do give you your old passport back - they just snip the corner off it so it is null and void - well at least thats what happened when l renewed mine a few years back!

Give the passport office a shout and see what they say on the matter - if you do want it short notice though l think you have to make an appointment to go see them in person - l know a friend of mine who recently got married so her name changed had to trek from Lake District to Durham for an appointment, as she wanted the passport back in a relatively short space of time - you can get a same day turn around but this costs mega bucks or you can get a guarenteed postage of it withing I THINK 5 working days and that still is over the 100 quid mark.

Im using beermans laptop and l cannot find the pound sign!!

Heather

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 11, 2008, at 7:39 AM by Purdy ]

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Within the EU, a valid passport is a valid passport. Simple as that. Check the sites of the Dutch consulate-general in London (or the British consulate-general in Amsterdam) to see that I'm right.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 11, 2008, at 7:49 AM by bentivogli ]

9. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 6y

Thanks everyone

My main reason for being reluctant to renew it is that after this, I'm unlike to be travelling abroad anywhere until 2010 at the earliest :(:( . But you never know, I might win the lottery or something.