Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I enter Egypt with only three months left on my passport?
Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Q I am travelling to Egypt in the middle of September
and by then I will only have five months’ validity left on my passport. Will
this be OK for me getting into the country? I have read that Sharm el Sheikh
only requires three months for UK citizens.
A Get a new passport now. While the Egyptian authorities may show some flexibility, what worries me is whether you will get on the plane at all. The Foreign Office says: "Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Egypt." The airline is entitled to use that statement to deny you boarding on the outbound flight, so you may get no further than check-in.
In terms of renewal, HM Passport Office warns: “It takes at least three weeks to get your passport - use a different service if you need your passport urgently.” But in my experience, if you can use the Post Office check-and-send service today, and it’s a straightforward application, you can be confident of getting the passport in good time, without going to the considerable expense in time and money of making a personal application.
Click HERE to email Simon.
You can also tweet him your questions @SimonCalder
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail
- < Previous
- Next >
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Kaya Responsible Travel offer a variety of sp...
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Increases in tourism, the introduction of new...
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Volunteer with Kaya in Borneo and work on a p...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Data Management & ...