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How does this work? Let's say my passport expires in Devember. I want to travel somewhere in June (pushing 6 month boundary), so being prudent I renew it 2 months earlier, in case there are problems.

Does My new passport have an expiry of old passport + x years? Or is it x years from renewal date? I've been told it's renewal date, which means the life of the passport gets shorter

I would consider this a sour point with passport renewal. I suppose only a small point.

Edit: I'm Australian. Consider each country has it's own rules

Living in Asia my last three passports have become full before expiry.

Last time I had to get a new one I still had 5 1/2 years left. They gave me an extra 6 months on my new 10 year passport as compensation. I was pleasantly surprised.

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No that is not how it works!If you apply for a new passport the new one you receive will be for 10 years from the time the application is approved and what day the batch of passports are processed.There is no 'add on' for say the 2 months left on your old passport!One thing to factor in for anyone applying for a new Australian passport is that if you apply for a new one 'before' your old one runs out,you only have to phone them up ,send your photo's and not have to bother about filling out the whole application form!!expires in Devember. I want to travel somewhere in June (pushing 6 month boundary), so being prudent I renew it 2 months earlier, in case there are problems.

Does My new passport have an expiry of old passport + x years? Or is it x years from renewal date? I've been told it's renewal date, which means the life of the passport gets shorter

I would consider this a sour point with passport renewal. I suppose only a small point.

Edit: I'm Australian. Consider each country has it's own rules

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Slightly different problem but I once went to Indonesia with some one who didn't have full page left for their large visa on arrival sticker. Immigration was not amused and initially told him he would be deported after overnighting in a chair in the airport. Eventually they saw their way clear to accepting a contribution to the immigration officers' benevolent fund and slapped the visa on top of some Thai visa stamps LOL. It took about an hour and a fair bit of angst and I have to say I was somewhat irritated that my friend had not got a new passport before the trip. He got back to Thailand without any problem despite the covered up Thai stamps.

Better to sort out problems of expiring or full passports before travelling.

I had exactly the same problem going from Vietnam to Cambodia. There was no space for the full page Cambodian visa so they stuck it over some 4 year old Thai entry stamps. They didn't at any point ask for money but they made me sign a document, in English, saying that I was prepared to accept full responsibility for the breach of official guidelines.

I was so grateful that I tried to give some money as a way of saying thank you but the officer would not take it. :jap:

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Just another word of caution...the U.S has a very stringent attitude on passports that are near to the 6 month expiry limit and any passport that falls short of the 6 month limit for when a passenger is travelling back from there could well be denied entry(e.g. 7 months on passport...5 weeks in US...beware!!)

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Just another word of caution...the U.S has a very stringent attitude on passports that are near to the 6 month expiry limit and any passport that falls short of the 6 month limit for when a passenger is travelling back from there could well be denied entry(e.g. 7 months on passport...5 weeks in US...beware!!)

Are you saying the US has a 6 month PLYS length if stay to travel there? eg if I get a visa for three months in the USA I need to have 9 months validity in the passport?

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The US does not enforce any restriction other than passport must be valid for intended stay. There is no six month requirement that I am aware of (and I have checked this with airline IATA data base).

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Well. I didn't believe it. Just didn't wantto make a generalization / sweeping statement for fear of being shown/proven wrong.

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He wouldnt be worried about entry in Thailand, they may not even let him on the plane on the other end.

As regards leniency, it all depends on were his is getting on the plane...it up to them, however if they let him on and they will not let him in Thailand then the cost of repatriation and possibly a fine are on the airline as they never followed the rules

Had occassion to see the 6 month validity issue in action in Thailand, were Mrs Soutpeel was travelling with me to Malaysia and they stated Mrs Soutpeel did not have 6 months on her PP and would not all her to check-in.....however it turned out the lady behind the counter couldnt count and in fact she had 7 months left on her PP when I worked it out....:lol:

So yes they do enforce it

I HAVE A GOOD CONTACT AT TCEB AND WILL ASK QUESTION, WILL GET ANSWER OVERNIGHT (HOPEFULLY)..............

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Probation means you are an employee of them, but they can fire you at any time without any reason.

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Hi, If in doubt renew PP & the time left on his original PP will be added to it. It has got to renewed so I think the time is now to do so.

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I work for an airline and its just not worth taking a chance,the Thai consulate in Hull said no problem(its an international regulation) but airlines will not board you as they have to pay any fines etc.

Normaily at check-in they have the latest date(i.e 6 months from that day) that they will allow to check-in and if they refuse you,its your fault and no refund/or changes will be down to you.

I know as I double checked with EVA and got a new UK passport(they do add any time left on your old onto your new passport)

hope this helps

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they do add any time left on your old onto your new passport

Dam that sux. In Aus, max passport is 10 years, not 10 years + x months from old/unused time.

Ahh well, at the end of the day what's a few months between passports ;-)

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Just another word of caution...the U.S has a very stringent attitude on passports that are near to the 6 month expiry limit and any passport that falls short of the 6 month limit for when a passenger is travelling back from there could well be denied entry(e.g. 7 months on passport...5 weeks in US...beware!!)

Absolute rubbish.

I flew to NY last month for a 2 day seminar with only 4 months validity on my passport. No problem whatsoever for the arline or immigration. I had proof of return flight to Bangkok.

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Just in case anyone's interested - my friend got into Thailand OK at the weekend. But, he somehow managed to get a new passport with only a day's notice! So, we'll never know whether or not the 2 days less than 6 months would have been allowed...

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He wouldnt be worried about entry in Thailand, they may not even let him on the plane on the other end.

As regards leniency, it all depends on were his is getting on the plane...it up to them, however if they let him on and they will not let him in Thailand then the cost of repatriation and possibly a fine are on the airline as they never followed the rules

Had occassion to see the 6 month validity issue in action in Thailand, were Mrs Soutpeel was travelling with me to Malaysia and they stated Mrs Soutpeel did not have 6 months on her PP and would not all her to check-in.....however it turned out the lady behind the counter couldnt count and in fact she had 7 months left on her PP when I worked it out....:lol:

So yes they do enforce it

I HAVE A GOOD CONTACT AT TCEB AND WILL ASK QUESTION, WILL GET ANSWER OVERNIGHT (HOPEFULLY)..............

I have had resply from Thai Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) HQ in BKK and they called their Immigration buddies and they confirm that there should be NO problem in arriving at BKK with a passport scenario of nearly 6 months left on your current passport. Thats pretty solid feedback as I have dealt with TCEB for some time and the person I go to is very high up in the Thai organization., Good Luck. Regards Roy

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