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My sister Charm was denied a boarding pass the minute she presented her passport at the check-in counter.
Because her passport had only less than six months validity.
My sis and I have been planning a trip to Vietnam since last month. The snag was that her passport was about to expire in six months but I needed her passport number to book our tickets. I told her to check with the Vietnam consulate and even asked my Canadian friend who’s only been to two countries if we can still travel if our passports will expire soon (you guessed it, she said yes).
All was to go according to plan except —
we forgot to check with our own country’s immigration laws.
No Filipino can exit the country if their passports aren’t valid for six months.
We replanned to fly from Cebu instead of Manila (where immigration is stricter). The problem is that there were no direct flights to Vietnam from Cebu. We decided on international hub Singapore then hop on a flight there to Ho Chin Minh.
Except it was too late that we found out we can’t enter the country if your passport’s not 6 months valid.
There are some places that will accept less than 6 months passport validity. Hong Kong’s one of them (one month validity). If you want to know more, check with your local travel agent. Wished we consulted one before we secured tickets online. Lesson learned.
So check when your passport is going to expire before you leave. It can save you a lot of trouble and money.
I am currently in Saigon/Ho Chin Minh, Vietnam now after being in transit in Singapore. It’s a wild and crazy city. Watch out for those motorbikes!
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