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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Got to pick your brains again!

We're off to Belfast in May, and Neal's UK passport runs out in July. He's currently in the process renewing his UK passport and applying for an Irish one. However, lord only knows how long that will take.

So, since I'm the over-planner/worry-wort, I've been looking for information about how easy it will be for him to travel around with a passport that expires 2 months after we land:

  • Since he's a UK resident, does he need a 6-month buffer on his passport to travel between Canada and the UK? Or is it OK so long as his passport is sill valid?
  • Because he has Canadian residency, will his passport need a 6-month buffer when we come back home to Canada, or is it OK to enter the country again so long as the passport is currently valid?

Plus, when you get a new passport, do you need to apply for a new residency-visa-sticker-thingy for your passport? Or is your residency card enough?

So many questions! I haven't been able to find any decent answers online.

A big thanks to all who can help!

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 7y

Since he's a UK resident, does he need a 6-month buffer on his passport to travel between Canada and the UK? Or is it OK so long as his passport is sill valid?
Because he has Canadian residency, will his passport need a 6-month buffer when we come back home to Canada, or is it OK to enter the country again so long as the passport is currently valid?

Technically, that is unlikely to be correct, unless he happens to spend at least 3months in each country each year and pays taxes in both. He is probably a British citizen with Canadian residency.

- If he leaves Canada on a UK passport on a direct flight (or showing connecting tickets to the UK), he should at least make it as far as Belfast.
- I know that Brits will often refuse him the right to leave the UK again if he has less than 6months validity. If this happens, he will be told on entry to the UK, and his passport will be flagged so he won't be able to leave. They can also do this if passport looks a bit tatty etc. However they don't always flag you, or even mention it.
- For the return to Canada and Canadian residencey sticker, I can't help because every country has different ideas.

What I don't understand is why you are worrying about it when you have FIVE months to fix it? Just get it renewed in Canada. Most embassies do it, by post or in person (post is better), and a maximum of 2weeks turn around. You can pay extra and do it on the day, in person. I've renewed British passports maybe 8 times by post, and none has taken more than 9days turn around, and some have been a staggeringly efficient 3days - including posting the length of the country.

EDIT: I notice you say he is in the process of getting his British passport renewed, so in which case, no problem at all. Stop worrying!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 1, 2009, at 5:14 AM by Gelli ]

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Gelli

Since he's a UK resident, does he need a 6-month buffer on his passport to travel between Canada and the UK? Or is it OK so long as his passport is sill valid?
Because he has Canadian residency, will his passport need a 6-month buffer when we come back home to Canada, or is it OK to enter the country again so long as the passport is currently valid?

Technically, that is unlikely to be correct, unless he happens to spend at least 3months in each country each year and pays taxes in both. He is probably a British citizen with Canadian residency.

Totally right! He's a UK citizen and a Canadian resident.

Quoting Gelli

What I don't understand is why you are worrying about it when you have FIVE months to fix it?

Ay-ay-ay... it's Neal! The passport papers started on the kitchen table, moved to the nightstand, and are now lost under a pile of junk in a drawer somewhere. He kinda thinks it doesn't matter so long as his pasport isn't expired. Your post will give him a teeny kick in the butt...

Cheers Gelli!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 1, 2009, at 7:37 AM by tway ]