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South America Travel on Irish Passport with less than 6 months valid

  • 12-08-2014 1:45am
    Registered Users Posts: 35 laser750


    I intend to travel to South America in late September/October this year. I want to do the Inca trail mainly and then probably visit more countries before flying home.
    My problem is that my passport expires in early March next year so 6 months will be from early October.

    Does anyone know if there is a list of South American countries:

    1. That require passports to have 6 months or more before expiry?
    2. That require only a valid passport for travel?
    3. Or is it at the discretion of the airline to allow you to travel?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,618 ✭✭✭ Civilian_Target

    Get a new passport. There's no reason to take the risk - look how much your airfare costs compared to the cost of a new passport. The passport office will understand, they see this all the time.

    Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador all enforce the 6 month rule.

    The airline probably won't enforce the 6 month rule, but you may have difficulty buying or using a one-way ticket unless you have proof-of-return because they will be fined if you overstay your visa.