Cynthia Ann Miller has served as an attorney at her eponymous law firm in Hinsdale, IL, since 1991. From additional locations in Downers Grove and Naperville, she litigates a number of real estate matters including foreclosures, easement enforcement, and boundary disputes. Outside of her professional life, Cynthia Miller enjoys traveling outside of Hinsdale, IL, to international destinations across Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
Before visiting any international destinations, it’s crucial to check your passport to ensure it is still valid. While you cannot travel internationally on an expired passport, some countries and airlines will not let you in if your passport is even close to expiring.
For anyone over the age of 16, a standard passport is valid for 10 years. If you are 16 or younger, however, your passport is only good for five years. Your passport itself will show you both the date it was issued and the date it expires.
Renewing your passport before it expires may save you some trouble come time for your trip. Some countries and airlines will not even let you in the country or on the plane if your passport is set to expire within six months of your trip’s end. For example, if your passport has seven months left but you are going on a two-month trip, you would be denied since your passport will only be good for five months by the time you leave the country.