Passport Expiration hassles?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 7:22 AM Last Post By: Rickie_01
Dec 2, 2012 3:22 PM
Passport Expiration hassles?My daughter is spending a week in Havana, Dec. 26-Jan. 2
Her Canadian passport expires in March 2013. The Canadian government says that as long as she finishes her travel at least a month before the expiration date, she will be fine.
.....But she has also heard that, In the case of Cuban travel, the Cuban government will demand that travel must be complete at least six months before the expiration of one's passport.
Anybody have actual experience with a similar situation....either being denied entry by Cuba because of an passport expiration date.......or not being hassled even when your expiration date is nearing?
Dec 2, 2012 3:45 PM
1I've gone to Cuba with < 2 months left on my passport. No problems.
Dec 2, 2012 3:46 PM
2JC this a very frequent question from Canadians - I think because government sites there give contradictory/erroneous advice.
There will be no problem re your daughter.
Some countries require at least 3 months validity - Cuba is not one of these.
Dec 2, 2012 3:51 PM
3Here's the text directly from the Cuban Government website, and the link for your reference. What the Canadian airlines and many travel agents tell you is complete bullshit. Some countries have the "6-month rule" but NOT Cuba. The dam travel agents and airlines can't be bothered to inform themselves with actual facts. Also, the airlines have to provide transportation back to the home country if they're wrong, so that's why many make excessive and unnecessary demands.
But for Cuba, you're absolutely ok with the One Week AFTER the exptected date of Return from Cuba.
Travel requirements for foreign tourists:
a passport valid for at least one week after the return date from Cuba, a return ticket and a tourist card (available from airlines, travel agents or Cuban consulates located in various countries for a fee) completed with your address while in Cuba.
Read more: http://autenticacuba.com/travel-visas/#ixzz2DwR4s4ZI
Dec 2, 2012 3:53 PM
Dec 2, 2012 4:39 PM
Dec 2, 2012 5:17 PM
Dec 2, 2012 5:46 PM
8All right. I have been to Cuba with an expired passport. No one caught it but I saw that it was expired while I was enjoying my vacation. Afraid of problems exiting I went to the Canadian embassy in Havana where I got a temporary (one time) exit visa which cost something like $120 and four hours of your time.
Dec 2, 2012 5:49 PM
Dec 2, 2012 5:54 PM
10This raises an interesting question, mrbig. I always thought that there was a "right of return" to your home country even if your passport has expired, making an expired passport an issue for the country you are trying to enter, not return from. I very well could be wrong about this, and I am never going to travel with a passport that close to expiry date, but... am I wrong?
Dec 2, 2012 6:41 PM
11mrbig, on a slightly related note I know a gal who brought her sister's Passport by mistake - she sailed right through Canadian departure and entry into Cuba and didn't realize the mistake until she was signing into a casa days later. She got her Passport DHL's to her before she departed for home.
Never heard of that regulation Patty unless it was tied to extraordinary circumstances like being held up due to major medical issues or an Act of God.
Under normal circumstances I can easily imagine showing up at Aduana with an expired Passport and them laughing at your oversight while they give you the address of the Canadian Embassy with instructions to come back when you can travel with up-to-date legal documentation. Interesting quandary...
Dec 2, 2012 9:54 PM
Dec 2, 2012 10:55 PM
13Even the US Special Interests in Havana will issue a replacement US Passport same day...
Dec 3, 2012 1:00 PM
14Hey, no one caught that it was expired but I did not want to miss my flight because of it. The good thing was that sat there talking to Jane Bunnett who was trying to arrange visas for a bunch of musicians.
The amusing thing was that service was offered in French or English. I used what I could remember of my high school French on the Cubana staffing the front desk. Was I embarrassed when she ran off (before I could stop her) to get someone to provide service in French.
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