If your visa is on an expired passport but still valid, can you still use it with your new passport, or does the old passport have to have a recent expiration date? If so, how do you transfer your visa to your new passport?

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The answer to this question depends on the country that issued the visa. There are two general situations:

  • The visa in your old passport is accepted in conjunction with a current passport. You need to bring both passports but no other action is required.

    Example: Will my Chinese visa still be valid if I renew my passport?

  • The country that issued the visa requires that the visa be in a current passport. In this case they will offer a service that transfers your old visa to the new passport (they will print a new sticker and affix it to the new passport, and do something like punch a hole through the old one to invalidate it).

    Example: (New Zealand) Transferring my visa to a new passport

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