Your passport is your ticket to the world. Whether you are travelling abroad for business or pleasure you need a passport. Not only are you allowed to pass freely into a foreign country with your passport, you are also granted protection in a foreign country. I want to share with you a couple of things you may not have even known about owning a passport and also couple of tips to keep in mind when you are looking after your passport or renewing it.
Did you know?
Although your passport has an expiry date, a number of countries require that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your dates of travel. Keep this in mind when you see your passport expiry date and make sure that if you intend to travel close to when your passport is due to expire, you are 100% sure that the country you are visiting doesn’t need 6 months validity on your passport, or that you have allowed enough time for your new passport to arrive. Unfortunately in Canada when you renew your passport, the unused validity period on your old passport will not be transferred to your new passport but it is a small price to pay as opposed to being turned away when you are trying to board a plane or clear customs at your destination.
If you require a visa for the country you are visiting, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a blank page available in your passport. Some visas even require 2 blank pages next to each other and so if you are filling up your passport with visas or entry and exit stamps you will need to apply for a new passport.
If you renew your passport and it contains a valid visa, you must indicate on your application form that you need the passport to be returned to you and the visa needs to remain intact.
Take 2 photocopies of your passport and leave one at home with a family member and take one with you in a separate bag to your passport.
For Canadians in Canada, try to apply for a passport between June and November when application volumes are lower.
Passport applications and renewals are different for each country and so make sure you are fully aware of the requirements and you are getting your information from a government website.
Family Travel Specialist