Is Your Passport Travel-Ready?


If you’re planning on jetting off into the sunset over the coming school holidays, make sure that your passport is in order.

According to Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist, many travellers are not aware of passport requirements that could turn a dream overseas holiday into a nightmare. In order to avoid complications at international destinations, refusal of entry into a country or, in some cases, deportation, it is essential that:

  • Passports must be valid for six months after your return date.
  • At least four blank pages must be available for passport control and customs.
  • Your passport name must correlate with your travel documents – in some cases a woman’s name change from her maiden to married surname can cause complications.
  • Passports of minors must be updated and recognisable with a recent photograph.

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Konrad notes that certain regions such as The USA, UK and The Middle East are more stringent than others and travellers should ensure that all of their travel documents comply. “With many immigration offices on high alert following terror attacks across Europe, it is better to be safe than sorry,” advises Konrad.

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Source: Gold Travel. Image: Pixabay