Additional info: I am Canadian, going for a 1-week leisure trip, and have never before had trouble at the UK border.

Otherwise phrased: Will I be allowed into the UK with a passport has 5.5 months left?

[sorry if this has already been answered, I did look :$]

  • They use a curtailment formula if the passport has less than 6 months remaining (if they notice the expiry date at all).
    – Gayot Fow
    Sep 15, 2016 at 17:29
  • @GayotFow Can you expand on "curtailment formula" ? Sep 15, 2016 at 17:36

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According to https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/before-you-leave-for-the-uk, your passport "must be valid for the whole of your stay."

I suppose the border officer might be forced to stamp you in for a shorter period than the standard six months, but aside from some irritation resulting from that, it seems unlikely that you will have any problem.

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