I'm flying with Qatar airways in June from Australia to the UK, with a stopover in Doha. On the way home I'll be travelling from Germany to Australia with Qantas, stopping in Dubai.

On the way there I'll have about 4 months validity on my passport, and then less than 3 months on the way home. This is fine for the countries I'm actually traveling within, but what about transit countries? I'm only in Doha for 1 hour and I'm not leaving the airport, similar for Dubai; does it matter that I'll have less than the 6 months required to enter their country?

Can someone please explain the rules and regulations surrounding this sort of situation.


There will be absolutely no issue, as none of the transit countries have airside transit visa requirements; so you are never actually "entering the country".

In other words - as long as your passport allows you entry into your destination country (either by your citizenship or because it has a visa stamped) you will be issued a boarding pass on the start of your journey.

That's all you need throughout the journey.

Relax, and enjoy your trip!

  • Thank you so much! I don't think I'll be able to relax until I actually arrive in the UK, but at least now I know I'm worrying for no reason.
    – Olivia
    Feb 20 '15 at 9:25

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