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Validity of passports.

Johannesburg, South...
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Validity of passports.

We are travelling to the UK in December. My son only has 3 months validity on his passport after we depart. Will this pose as a problem?

We visit France aswell. They only need months validity apparently.

Please advise.

Thank you.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1. Re: Validity of passports.

No need for passports to be valid beyond the end of your stay for the UK.

Johannesburg, South...
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2. Re: Validity of passports.

Thank u.

Johannesburg, South...
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3. Re: Validity of passports.

I'm flying into Heathrow, then Eurostar to Paris and back. I then fly out from Heathrow back to SA. I assume u need a multi entry visa?

Thanks again

Champlon, Belgium
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4. Re: Validity of passports.

He will have a problem with the Schengen zone (which includes France) though as all non-EU passports have to be valid for 3 months beyond the end of the stay.

Johannesburg, South...
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5. Re: Validity of passports.

He has just over 3 months validity after our return.

Cobham, United...
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6. Re: Validity of passports.

The UK Standard Visitor Visa is issued as multiple-entry with a six month validity period by default. It would be highly unusual for it to be issued with a shorter validity or restricted to single-entry unless there were some specific concerns about the possibility of overstaying.

Edited: 21 October 2018, 21:13
Cornwall, United...
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7. Re: Validity of passports.

If you're worried get a new passport would be the obvious answer.

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8. Re: Validity of passports.

I'm pretty sure the passport must be valid for the length of the visa requested....

Cobham, United...
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9. Re: Validity of passports.

>>>I'm pretty sure the passport must be valid for the length of the visa requested....<<<

Not quite so. There's no reason why a visa can't be granted on a passport which is nearing expiry, such the visa validity is longer. You then you have to travel with both old and new passports or pay for the (remaining validity of the) visa to be transferred to the new passport.

Edited: 21 October 2018, 23:04
Bay Village, Ohio
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10. Re: Validity of passports.

You have time...renew the passport.

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