Check your passport is valid
Look after your passport. Check it every time BEFORE you travel.
Your passport is the second most important thing, after your ticket. If your passport is damaged or close to expiring you may not be allowed to enter some countries.
On this page:
- Check the expiry date on your passport
- Check you have enough empty visa pages
- Check your passport is not damaged
Check the expiry date on your passport
The expiry date is clearly shown on the photo page inside the front of your passport.
Many countries require you to hold a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months into the future from the date you seek to enter their border. You should check with the Embassy or Diplomatic office of any country you are visiting to make sure you meet all of their requirements for entry.
Check you have enough empty visa pages
If you’re a frequent traveller your passport will have been stamped numerous times as you entered and left various destinations around the world.
If your passport does not have at least 1 empty visa page, or pages with enough room for a Customs or border protection officer to place a stamp you may be refused entry and your travel could be delayed.
Check your passport is not damaged
Damage to your passport may affect the photograph and the performance of the security chip that contains your personal information.
If your passport is water damaged, ripped, or it’s in a generally bad condition you may be refused permission to enter a country.