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Old 19th February 2014, 16:54   #1 (permalink)
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Less than 6 months on passport

Hi All,

I am traveling to Turkey next week and there will be 5 months and 3 weeks on my passport at the time of departure. My passport was only valid for a year. I am traveling to Turkey for 3 days from the UK.

I understand that the website explains I need 6 months on the passport, but some others have said that this has changed and I should be okay.

Getting a new passport is not possible as I am not eligible for the one day service.

Any feedback would be most appreciated
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Old 19th February 2014, 22:04   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Less than 6 months on passport

According to the UK Gov site you need a minimum of 6 months on your passport on the day of your arrival in Turkey and 3 months on the date of your departure. Check with a travel agent if you think this has changed, don't think it has it is just the visa requirements that are changing in April.They do scan passports nowadays so if you do need 6 months it may well be picked up.

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I understand 6 months as well so they may well refuse entry.
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Old 20th February 2014, 16:33   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Less than 6 months on passport

Thanks guys. Spoke with the Consulate and they just said "The website says you need 6 months, we can't say whether or not you'll be granted entry".

I plan on trying to get out there anyway and hope they apply common sense as I am only visiting for 3 days to watch a football match out there.
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This happened to my daughter. I called the airline in the airport and was told that this is very outdated information and they now all use the same book of guidelines. She looked it up for me and told me that to enter Turkey you now only need to have a passport valid until you return. To be more sure myself I rang 2 other airlines and they told me exactly the same thing and also that the airlines are very heavily fined if they allow someone on a flight without the correct amount of time left.
We had no problems at all as didnt my mum when she came in November. I know several people personally and also several more that have asked the same question on TLF and to my knowledge no one has had a problem.


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This happened to my daughter. I called the airline in the airport and was told that this is very outdated information and they now all use the same book of guidelines. She looked it up for me and told me that to enter Turkey you now only need to have a passport valid until you return. To be more sure myself I rang 2 other airlines and they told me exactly the same thing and also that the airlines are very heavily fined if they allow someone on a flight without the correct amount of time left.
We had no problems at all as didnt my mum when she came in November. I know several people personally and also several more that have asked the same question on TLF and to my knowledge no one has had a problem.


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Thankyou very much Alison, good to hear something positive back. I spoke to BA who told me to go online and use a service to check if your passport is valid and it said that it was. Contradictory to all other information available on the web. I shall try and give a couple of other airlines a call and find out.
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Thankyou very much Alison, good to hear something positive back. I spoke to BA who told me to go online and use a service to check if your passport is valid and it said that it was. Contradictory to all other information available on the web. I shall try and give a couple of other airlines a call and find out.

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Re: Less than 6 months on passport

Hi All, I was advised by British Airways to check their website which has a link to the IATA. On their website, you are able to enter your passport details in which checks against the 'Timatic' database.

"Timatic is the database containing cross border passenger documentation requirements. It is used by airlines to determine whether a passenger can be carried, as well as by airlines and travel agents to provide this information to travellers at the time of booking. This is critical for airlines due to fines levied by immigration authorities every time a passenger is carried who does not have the correct travel documentation."

It has come back as being valid. So it looks all good, it does seem that this may be something that has changed recently as the IATA seem confident in all information being up to date and correct.

Google IATA Travel Center

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