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We want to go to Mexico in March - my daughter's passport expires in July. My neighbor just told me MX won't accept passports within six mos of expiration. BS or truth?
 

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We want to go to Mexico in March - my daughter's passport expires in July. My neighbor just told me MX won't accept passports within six mos of expiration. BS or truth?
I think I have heard this about other countries as well.

I assume that they don't want to run the possibility that it might expire before you return home.
 

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I think I have heard this about other countries as well.

I assume that they don't want to run the possibility that it might expire before you return home.
For sure. I didn't know MX had these rules. I've got a call in-to a guy at the Mexican Embassy we'll see what he says.

BTW - the official policy is indeed that the pp must be valid for six months after the trip return date. But as with all things Mexican there seems to be significant room wriggle room.
 

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Why not just make the expiration date 6 months earlier then? :uglylol:

That's about as reasonable a question as this policy is. Stupid governments.

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That kinda defeats the purpose of an expiration date then
 

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BTW - the official policy is indeed that the pp must be valid for six months after the trip return date. But as with all things Mexican there seems to be significant room wriggle room.
There probably is but it's kind of hard to bribe someone when you're not face to face. I don't think even corrupt mexican bureaucrats take Visa over the phone yet (although I wouldn't be terribly surprised if I'm wrong on this).
 

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Renew the passport, and then carry both with you. (They will return the old passport with one of the pictures stapled to it and a couple holes punched thru it).

I got mine expedited for an extra ~70 bucks, and it was to me within 14 days. Only way to go :)

Of course, looking at my picture from age 20 to 30 REALLY depresses me. Except for my hair...my hair is better now :supergrin:
 

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i don't think so
if the passport was your's maybe a problem
but if she is under 12 you will not have any issues
 

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Renew the passport, and then carry both with you. (They will return the old passport with one of the pictures stapled to it and a couple holes punched thru it).

I got mine expedited for an extra ~70 bucks, and it was to me within 14 days. Only way to go :)

Of course, looking at my picture from age 20 to 30 REALLY depresses me. Except for my hair...my hair is better now :supergrin:
I renewed mine several weeks ago via expedited service and it took exactly one week.

The rub is my daughter is 14. They don't renew kid's passports they totally rework them from scratch - usually taking 3-4 weeks. That's too long.

There is a full blown passport office in Dallas that will renew her passport in one day if travel is to commence within 14 days. The guy at the MX Consulate said to wait until 14 days out make the appointment and get the thing done that way.
 

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Does Mexico even care? How are you entering Mexico?

I've crossed the boarder several times down near Brownsville, TX and they didn't even ask for a passport when entering MX.

Then again, who knows, the one time you go with your daughter you may get some guard who cares.
 

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Does Mexico even care? How are you entering Mexico?

I've crossed the boarder several times down near Brownsville, TX and they didn't even ask for a passport when entering MX.

Then again, who knows, the one time you go with your daughter you may get some guard who cares.
I would be more concerned with coming home. If you are flying you MUST have it to return to the US. I don't think US customs/immigration cares if it expires the day after you return. The 6 months is on the Mexico end. I have traveled to Mexico with only 3 months remaining on mine and my wife went to Moldova with about 3 months on hers. Rules and enforcement may have tightened up in the past few years though.
 

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I would be more concerned with coming home. If you are flying you MUST have it to return to the US. I don't think US customs/immigration cares if it expires the day after you return. The 6 months is on the Mexico end. I have traveled to Mexico with only 3 months remaining on mine and my wife went to Moldova with about 3 months on hers. Rules and enforcement may have tightened up in the past few years though.
Yeah, that's why I asked him how he planned to enter Mexico. I think TSA requires a passport for all international flights, whether the country to which you are flying requires one or not.

If he's driving or walking, however, he may not even need it. Who knows, different border crossing points may be more or less strict about rules.
 
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