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Passport close to expiry. Going to be a problem ?

Hey all..

I'm just reading up on Visa requirements for South America and they require that your passport is valid for 6 months after entry...

Im planning on country hopping until Spring next year so my passport will be close to expiry.

Is this going to be a problem ???

Anyone else had a problem like this ???


Also, it says a return plane ticket is required !! I dont this either !
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Get a new one

Almost all countries demand six months (some 12 months) left on a passport before issuing a visa. You'll be having problems before you get to SA.
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Get the passport squared away with at your convenience NOW....as it will give you flexibility in case your plans CHANGE.

You'll have a lot of other fun stuff to sort with while there...don't make passport 6 month durability an issue/opportunity for local officials...
You plan on travelling again after those six months, no?

So don't be cheap...it'll cost you.
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£120 quid it is !!!!! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

My sisters took 2 months to come through. Extra security checks blaah blaah.

Ill have to go to the office and pay a wedge !

As is life ..........
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Patience Ted, Patience.......

Sureley better to take a ride to Peterborough (assuming you live in UK) and deal with an English speaking ( although that aint always guaranteed) Desk Jockey than to wrestle with a Jobsworth in some SA country?

at the very worst your a few hours from home/family/friends.

Oh and if they give you a hard time...... pay the money in pound coins..... plus 20 quid in 50p's, that really upsets them...... I saw a Taxi Driver pay for his passport AND his wifes passport that way......
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Well, iv booked an appointment with the passport office in Liverpool.

They will do me a fast track 1 week guaranteed passport for a mear £97...

Bargain !!

Just as well I dont need it the same day as thats £114.


Fees go up on Thursay 4th October too so im just inside the window.
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