Can I Travel to USA from India with passport validity of less than 6 months? I have an Indian passport with validity 10days shorter than 6 months, traveling via Air India flight. Will there be any issue?
Can I Travel to USA from India with passport validity of less than 6 months?
The normal rule is that you need 6 months worth of validity to enter the US, but it doesn't apply to the members of the 6 month club, which are listed in 9 FAM 403.9-3(B)(2) § f
Citizens of the countries listed below are exempt from the six- month rule and need only have a passport valid for their intended period of stay
As of September 7th, 2023 :
|Andorra||Angola||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Colombia||Costa Rica||Cote D’Ivoire|
|Denmark||Dominica (DOMN)||Dominican Republic|
|Ethiopia||Federated States of Micronesia||Fiji|
|Guyana||Haiti||Holy See (Vatican City)|
|Papua New Guinea (PNG)||Paraguay*||Peru|
|San Marino||Saudi Arabia*||Serbia|
|Slovenia||South Africa||South Korea|
|Spain||Sri Lanka||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|St. Lucia||St. Vincent and The Grenadines||Suriname|
|Thailand||Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia|
|United Arab Emirates||United Kingdom||Uruguay*|
India being present in that list, you can enter the US
A nonimmigrant is inadmissible under 8 USC 1182(a)(7)(B)(i)(I) unless they have a passport valid until 6 months after the end of their period of admission. What this means in practice is that for people with passports from countries not on the "6-month club", their passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry, and the admit-until date on their I-94 will be no later than 6 months before their passport expires. For people with passports from countries on the 6-month club, their passport must be valid for any length at the time of entry, and the admit-until date on their I-94 will be no later than their passport expiration date.
Since you are using an Indian passport, and India is in the 6-month club, you can enter the US with a passport of less than 6 months of validity left. However, note that if you are entering on a status with a fixed date on your I-94, you will be admitted on your I-94 to no later than your passport expiration date. If you wish to stay longer than that, either 1) an extension of stay must be applied for (the exact process depends on your status), or 2) you would have to leave and re-enter the US on a new passport (you would not need to get a new visa on the new passport, since a valid US visa in an expired passport can be used in combination with a valid passport from the same country).
This is as far as the US government is concerned. It is possible that the airline and/or originating country may have stricter requirements for passport validity.