Did you know even if with unexpired passport with 5 months left, you cannot fly to the Philippines?
You must have 6 months left on your passport.
People know to check for immunizations/visas, but would anyone realize an unexpired passport is actually not valid in the eyes of some countries??
I heard of someone's son traveling to the UK (no six month rule) then getting stranded on their connecting flight to Amsterdam (different rule) for a job interview.
So what is the deal?
According to the US Passport Help Guide:
"What is the 6 Months Validity Rule?
The Six Months Validity Rule is imposed by foreign countries, and not by the United States. It simply means that your passport should be valid for more than six months before you would be allowed to enter a foreign destination. This rule is imposed by some of the countries we have listed below.
Countries with 6 Month Validity Rules
• Burma (Myanmar)
• Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
• Ecuador (including Galápagos Islands)
• French Polynesia
• New Caledonia
• Nicaragua (currently waived by bilateral agreement)
• Papua New Guinea
• Saudi Arabia
• St. Lucia
• Timor-Leste (East Timor)
• Trinidad & Tobago
If your passport is about to expire it is recommended that you renew your passport nine (9) month before your passport expires. This would give you enough time to apply for a U.S. passport with the passport office."
Travelers beware! You would think the airline would have informed them first and then helped them out--not rape them with last minute flight fares-- but sadly no. So he will miss his brother's wedding. Her daughter will miss being their flower girl.
Something is really broken with travel at the international level and also at the airline level with their lack of responsibility. I see it like this: