The wife’s passport expires next March, less than six months from now. She had planned to be in Thailand earlier this year and take care of it then, but that didn’t happen. Now she plans to be in Thailand next January. However, we have learned not only will they not let her into the US with a passport that has less than six months on it, which we already knew, but they won’t let her leave the US with less than six months on it. !!!???!!! That’s what we’re hearing, as unbelievable as that sounds. We’re going to confirm that with the consulate on Monday, maybe an airline this weekend. But has anyone else encountered this?
A lot of Thais who live here are already citizens and just use their US passport when leaving. But this one guy who is like my wife, just a Thai citizen, is the one telling her this.
And now that Thai passports are biometric, she can’t do it by mail either. She has to appear in person at an embassy or consulate. So with Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s higher fares around the country, she’s going to have to do it this month … if this is true.
When we lived here before, there was a small Thai consulate on Oahu. Wish that were still here.
This should be the only time though, as we expect she’ll have a US passport in a little more than a year from now.
Anyway, I wanted to throw that out and see if this is true or completely off the wall. I can’t imagine not letting a foreigner leave just because the passport is short. That’s like keeping them prisoner. Is it because she has permanent residency, and her round-trip ticket means there’s a chance she’d come back with less than six months? Might it be that countries where she could change planes may not like her landing there? What?