When is the last time you looked at the expiration date of your passport? Did you know that many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months after you travel? So, for example, you plan a trip to the Bahamas for September 8 to September 15. Your passport would need to be valid at least until March 15 of the following year.
Even if your passport doesn’t expire within 6 months of your return date, you will also need at least two blank pages so that there is room for the passport stamp from the country you will be visiting. Another consideration is the condition of the passport. If it is torn or damaged in any way, it might be rejected.
So, to avoid disappointment and the possibility of losing your vacation investment, take a look at your passport expiration date and mark in your calendar, about 8 months before it expires, to send it in for renewal.