I am scheduled to travel from the UK to Pakistan in two days and I just realised that my passport is due to expire on 06 May 2023, which is only one month from my travel date. I also have a NiCOP (National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistani) which is valid until 2031. Therefore, I won't have any issues entering Pakistan, but I am concerned about whether I will be allowed to board the flight since my passport only has one month of validity left. Generally, the rule is that a passport should be valid for six months from the date of departure or arrival in some cases. So, the question is, can I travel to Pakistan, as a Pakistani national with a valid NiCOP, but with only one month of validity left on my passport?
I have contacted the Pakistani Embassy and, as expected, I did not receive clear information. According to them, it's up to the airline or immigration authorities to decide whether to allow me to travel with only one month of validity remaining on my Pakistani passport. They confirmed that Pakistan has no issue with me travelling or entering the country as my passport is still valid. However, they couldn't provide me with anything in writing to present to the UK immigration authorities or the airline. The six-month passport validity rule is an international regulation, but it's not a requirement in every country.