Travel Flying overseas? Make sure your passport will be valid long enough

02:51  19 april  2017
02:51  19 april  2017 Source:   The Boston Globe

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Travel sites usually try to list the passport requirements when you book your trip, but be sure to check on your own that your passport will be valid long enough . It's always important to make sure you're travel documents are in order long before you leave

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Roslindale resident Michelle Novelle and her five sons ran afoul of another such rule at Logan International Airport on Monday, one that travelers planning summer trips should know about: A passport can become invalid before it has expired.

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Accepted Students > Overseas Travel. Please make sure that you have a passport valid for at least six months after travelling! Please note: many students will be flying overnight - if so please pick a flight departing on Wednesday 19th July to arrive on the morning of Thursday 20th July.

Federal Benefits and Obligations Abroad. Overseas Voting. Taxes. Selective Service Registration. Apply early for your passport , or make sure your current passport will be valid at least six months beyond In this case, you would need a U.S. passport to fly home upon clearance from your doctor.

Novelle and her sons, 12 to 19 years old, were not allowed to board a British Airways flight for a weeklong trip to Finland because some of their passports expire in June and July.

The denial wasn’t the result of an airline policy or even a US government regulation. Other countries’ governments set the standards for acceptable documentation from US citizens.

In most of Europe, you can be denied entry into a country if your passport is set to expire within three months of a planned departure date. Many nations in Asia and South America are even more stringent, requiring that a passport be valid for six months beyond the travel date.

Novelle criticized British Airways and the online travel booking site Orbitz — where she brought the tickets — for not warning her the upcoming expirations could be a problem.

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Overseas Travel Checklist & Tips. Prepare Your Documents · Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months past your return date (many countries. Moderation is the answer here; drink enough water to stay hydrated, but not so much that you're traipsing up and down the aisle of the plane all night.

How to Make Sure Your Passport is Valid . This post is in response to the recent The signature line is on the page with your passport information. Make sure you have enough visa passport pages. The U.S. Department of State will no longer allow travelers to apply for more passport visa pages.

“I was completely blindsided by the whole thing,” she said. “They should tell you in advance. They should give you a heads up that this could happen, that it’s a possibility.”

Novelle is trying to reschedule the trip for the summer. That may prove pricey: Novelle said she has been told she must pay both a rebooking fee and the price difference between the tickets for April and for the summer. That could amount to thousands of dollars, she said.

“We’re sorry to hear that our customers had an upsetting experience, but unfortunately this was beyond our control,” British Airways said in an e-mail, noting that its website includes information on passport requirements.

Orbitz did not respond to a request for comment.

Paul Hudson, president of the passenger advocacy organization FlyersRights.org, said there is little recourse for passengers prevented from boarding a plane because their passports expire soon.

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Aside from making sure that you are qualified for the position and have enough years of related work experience, it would not hurt if you also prepare the documents that would be required for you to be able to pursue your overseas dream. Valid Philippine Passport .

If you’re under 18, your passport is valid for five years. If you’re overseas and you’ve lost your passport , you will need to go to the nearest Australian embassy or consulate and apply for a new They can help you plan your trip and make sure you have enough money, a safe place to stay, etc.

“We advise people that they should get their passports renewed if they’re less than a year from expiration, just to be safe,” Hudson said. “We also tell people that if you’re traveling to different countries, you need to check with the embassies of these countries. . . . There should be more information available, but that’s not the case right now.”

Airlines and booking companies generally consider the early passport renewal a matter of passenger responsibility, and there are no regulations requiring the companies to alert passengers to a potential problem, Hudson said.

Travel insurance doesn’t typically cover flights that passengers can’t make because of a looming passport expiration, he added.

Novelle said she may not have run into the problem if Orbitz’s confirmation e-mail had included a short notice that international travelers should check the State Department’s website.

The e-mail does include a link that indicates international travelers must show “proof of citizenship,” but there is no explicit language about the timing of passport expirations. Clicking on the link brings users to a visa and passport information website. From there, they must go to the site’s “frequently asked questions” section and scroll more than halfway down to see that most nations require a passport to be at least six months shy of its expiration date.

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One of the most important things you need to do before you fly is make sure you have the correct identification. If you're traveling overseas or otherwise internationally, make several photocopies of your passport .

Please make sure you have noted down the unique receipt number. United Arab Emirates. The long term Visit Visa applies to tourists who wish to spend more than 30 days in UAE, those coming for family visit as well as Your Passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months at the time of travel.

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The U.S. State Department expects 20.5 million applications for new and renewed passports this year, and that will be a record number. The busy year is no surprise. Adult U.S. passports must be renewed every 10 years, and it was 10 years ago that a new law went into effect requiring passports for Americans traveling to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. That new law resulted in a surge of passport requests in 2007, along with extraordinary delays that stretched into months for some individuals.This year the State Department says it is beating promised turnaround times of six to eight weeks for processing passports.

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