By Anonymous - 16/10/2019 06:00 - Australia

The devil is in the details

Today, after cancelling work, arguing with my family, scrambling to pack my bags, speeding to the airport and filling in immigration forms to fly out to have a much needed holiday, I wasn't allowed to check in. My passport has less than 6 months away from expiration on it. Yes, that's a thing, apparently. FML
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By  Sara Niemantsverdriet  |  3

It's not an Australian government thing. A lot of countries require 6 months validity on a passport or they don't let you in. The airlines can actually be fined for carrying passengers that are then turned back at the airport in their destination country, so they stop it at check-in

I don't get it either, but them's the rules.

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  jbuckets_404  |  38

And just where did you first learn about this caveat? I've had a US passport for 10 yrs and have never heard of it. Is it an Australian gov't thing only? Thx! :-)

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  chyiochan  |  30

It's written in the information for travelling by plane, also depending on what country but it's the rule for international flights usually.

You're only allowed to stay 6 months per calendar year out of your country as any longer, you lose your residency. Unless of course, you start filing for Visa's for extended travel times, and that's done months in advance. Having less than that left on your expiration flags you for possible abandonment AND as others said, makes it so you don't have an expired passport if you do plan to come back in 6 months for any extenuating circumstances. Protects you and them!

This fact is 100% tested and true for USA and Canada from personal experience as an immigrant from one country to the other!

By  bl3ur0z3  |  17

So it's not expired yet, but it will in less than 6 months so you can't travel now? What's the point of an expiration date if you can't use it up until that date? I'd go "Karen" on them.

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  Sinshine  |  26

Yea that's sadly a thing. I believe it's to prevent people from getting stranded with an expired passport that was still fine when they left the country.

By  Sara Niemantsverdriet  |  3

It's not an Australian government thing. A lot of countries require 6 months validity on a passport or they don't let you in. The airlines can actually be fined for carrying passengers that are then turned back at the airport in their destination country, so they stop it at check-in

I don't get it either, but them's the rules.

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  bluejello2001  |  17

I once heard the 6 month rule explained as a sort of buffer, in case something goes really wrong and you are delayed leaving (medical issues, legal trouble, whatever).