should I get a new passport?

Jan 18th, 2006, 08:05 AM
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should I get a new passport?

I booked my trip to Paris last night--will be going March 24 - April 1. Knew my passport was expiring this spring, so I double-checked, and my passport expires April 2. What do you think? Will I be okay coming home the day before my passport expires, or should I try to get it renewed before I head to France?

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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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Yes, I would. I've read on this board that if passports will expire within 60 days or 6 months, it's a risky situation.

You have 2 months to renew -- should be plenty of time if you do it now.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:14 AM
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You need to renew.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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what if you are delayed coming home? better safe than sorry
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:16 AM
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Thanks, all, for your advice. Guess I'll get my paperwork in the mail this week and get it renewed. Don't want my wonderful trip to end with any hassles!
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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You have plenty of time to renew, and you need to do it anyway, so do it before your trip.
There have been long discussions here about wether this would be a problem, but many countries insist that your passport is valid for 3 or even 6 months after you enter the country. Better safe than sorry.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:36 AM
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In my experience, if you feel you have to ask the question, then the chances are it could be a problem.

Yes you are right to apply for a new one, as countries generally require extra time just in case you should fall ill and have to stay longer than anticipated. This can be 30,60 or 90 days depending upon where you are visiting.

Enjoy

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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Does anyone know if the government sends back your old passport with the renewal? I really would like to keep it if possible.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:54 AM
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Yes -- they punch a hole in it and send it back to you with the new one.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 08:59 AM
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You will have your old passport returned with your new one. Do not wait! I mailed my passport for renewal on December 4th and just got it in the mail yesterday. Maybe Christmas holidays delayed the passport renewal process, but as you can see it took just about 6 weeks for the process from start to finish.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 09:03 AM
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Thanks! I realize having an attachment to my passport stamps is strange, but I love them.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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As far as I know, Fodor's posters opinions don't have a lot of weight with immgration authorities or U.S. Dept of State, which should be who you ought be asking such important question. I can see how you got into this predicament to begin with....
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Jan 18th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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So, you seem to think "get a new passport" was somehow not good advice?

Now, if a bunch of Fodorites were to try to explain some immigration processes, I could see the concern. I would just refer them to the passport website.

Here's a link for the OP: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get...renew_833.html
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Jan 18th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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????

Budperson--if you are referring to my post, I believe the advice to renew is right on....but what if it hadn't been accurate? I would love the be a fly on the wall when jfw tries to explain to US Customs that Fodor's posters said it was fine
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Jan 18th, 2006, 09:31 AM
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There are many countries that require a valid passport for at least 6 months from the arriving date.
I suggest to renew it now.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 09:32 AM
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If you would have read the thread from beginning up to your post, no one was giving any customs, immigration, and/or Department of State advice.

We all just recommended that she renew, which I think is sound, Fodorite advice.

Then your post: "Fodor's posters opinions don't have a lot of weight with immgration authorities or U.S. Dept of State" had nothing to do with the price of eggs in China.

Time to move on.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 11:13 AM
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Anyway, it's not the Dep't of State you really have to worry about (and it's definitely not Customs, which is not the same as Immigration), it's the French authorities. As was pointed out, many countries have rules that you must have a passport valid for as long as your entry permits you to stay in the country.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 11:21 AM
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I just ordered a passport for my son the beginning of January & just rec'v'd it back (via LA). Our passport info used to flow through New Orleans but the change in venue has not caused any delays. Certainly get it taken care of. Certainly disregard any remarks from argumentative trouble makers who do little to provide any form of useful input.
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