Think your passport’s still valid? EasyJet may not agree...

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel...till-valid-easyjet-may-not-agree-8665863.html

    Thousands of UK holidaymakers booked to travel to Cyprus on easyJet face being turned away if their passports are soon to expire. Britain’s biggest budget airline is demanding passengers flying to Larnaca and Paphos must have passports with at least three months to run – even though the Cypriot authorities and the Foreign Office insist that the documents are valid until the expiry date.

    Jonathan Rickard, a 32-year-old charity executive from London, was refused boarding at Gatwick when he checked in for a short break to Larnaca. He was due to attend a wedding with his fiancée, who has now travelled to Cyprus. But ground staff refused to allow him on the plane because his passport expires in eight weeks, on 14 August. They told him his passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of his return to the UK.

    Mr Rickard said: “I felt gobsmacked that I was being forced to walk away from a holiday I had planned for months.” The Foreign Office travel advice for Cyprus states that passports for holidaymakers must simply be “valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this”. The Cyprus Tourist organisation in London confirmed to The Independent that Mr Rickard’s documentation was perfectly acceptable.


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  2. LarryInNYC

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    However, this is a legitimate issue in many countries, including European ones -- to allow entry, they sometimes require a passport valid for up to 6 months beyond the date of entry.
     
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    how is this relevant in this particular situation?
     
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    Should have flown RyanAir.
     
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    Really ? Must be a post 9/11 thingy ! I recollect in the late 90s I entered seat of EU - Brussels with less than 15 days left on my passport, I was there for merely a week. The Passport Control gal just alerted me to the expiry date coming up soon.
     
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    Not really a post 9/11 thing. Those rules are older and of course thus unrelated. E.g.,

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travelbuzz/285503-canadian-passport.html
     
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    Wonder if it is due to a UK thing. The Airline said it had to be valid for at least three months beyond his return date?
     
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    I did some reading on the travel.state.gov site on Entry/Exit requirements for some of the countries that do have such restrictions (six month passport validity on arrival/entry) - The countries are, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Guyana, Oman, Tonga, Turkey,Uganda, Vietnam. There might be other countries as well, but I just checked one's I have been to, or might have plans to in the future. :)

    There are countries that require a visa prior to arrival, I did not include them here.
     
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    A lot of countries require a certain amount of time left..i.e. 3 or 6 months. That is on them for not checking into that before they left.
     
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    TIMATIC says this for a UK national:
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    Passport required.
    - Nationals of United Kingdom may enter with a passport or
      passport replacing document valid upon arrival.
    whereas for a US passport holder say:
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    Passport required.
    - Passport and/or passport replacing documents must be valid
      for 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.
    
     
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    I think the rules for EU to EU are different. I use a passport card when crossing into Ontario from Buffalo or taking Amtrak to Montreal, others need a passport.
     
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    I'm talking about the rules for a UK national to enter Cyprus according to TIMATIC, and I also gave an example of a US national entering Cyprus to show that one needs a passport valid for a certain amount of time, and one doesn't.
     
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    "They told him his passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of his return to the UK"

    Does this mean he may have been traveling on a US Passport. That would explain the denial.
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    No.
     

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