Passport expiry

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1. Posted by Robbyray (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I hope someone can help with my question. I am travelling to Europe from Australia next week with Qatar Air. On the way over,i have a 2 hour wait for my next flight but on the way back in January, I am staying 2 nights in Doha.

I've just realised that my passport expiry is in May 2020 which is less than 6 months. Will I have issues entering Doha for my 2 night stay??

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1784 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Many countries require 6 months validity.

You're travelling "next week". Time to get an express new passport? I don't know how Australia does it but the UK can do them same day if you're stuck.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

These official Qatari sites state that passports should have at least 6 months validity for visa-waiver entry:

https://portal.moi.gov.qa/qatarvisas/

https://www.visitqatar.qa/plan/visas-requirements.html

If it's at all possible I'd strongly suggest you get a new passport. Urgent applications for Australian passports take just 2 days:

https://www.passports.gov.au/urgent-applications

Alternatively, you might be able to change your return flight to ensure you don't actually need to enter Qatar.

If you don't do one or the other I think you may well encounter problems. Two days stuck airside in Doha airport isn't an appealing prospect........

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Nov-2019, 18:02 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1784 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

To be clear my concern is that you may have problems entering the European countries you plan to visit with less than six months validity.

You haven't explicitly said it's the Schengen zone you're visiting but I believe they want to see six months validity. What I don't know is what they do if you haven't got the validity, or whether there's any special arrangement between Australia and these countries.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

The OP's passport will still have 6 months validity when he/she enters Europe 'next week' so, assuming the mainland Schengen countries are the first he/she visits, there shouldn't be a problem on entry or exit.

Of the non-Schengen European countries, some e.g. the UK, Ireland, Croatia only require passport validity for the whole stay whereas others differ. So, if the OP does travel on the passport which expires in May, it's worth checking the entry requirements for each country on his/her itinerary.

6. Posted by Robbyray (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thankyou so much Leics2 and AndyF for your advice.
I've travelled a fair bit through Europe and the Middle East before so I feel a little embarrassed that I wasn't aware of this.
I've decided to play it safe and order a new passport through an express option here in Australia so I should get it in 2 business days ($508 later lol)
Thankyou again.

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Rather than just 'playing it safe', I think you've made the only sensible decision. Enjoy your trip!

8. Posted by Archit (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Great Decision Appreciated. :)