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When Should You Renew Your Passport?

Renewing your Canadian passport is crucial if you plan on traveling abroad, and it's essential to know when to renew it.

It’s always a good idea to renew your passport ahead of a trip to ensure you don’t run into problems. Some countries even require you to have at least 6 months left on your passport before it expires in order to travel there.

When should you renew your Passport?

Ideally you should get your passport renewed about 9 months before you plan to travel. This gives you time for your documents to be processed and ensures you can make your bookings, as most countries require you to have at least 6 months remaining on your passport to acquire travel documents.

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Why is it important to renew a Passport before it expires?

Renewing a passport before it expires is recommended, as submitting a passport renewal application can take several weeks or even months for the government to process. Renewals also tend to take longer at peak travel times of the year, such as when summer vacations or winter holidays occur.

If you need to go abroad urgently, not having valid travel documents could prevent you from being able to make the trip. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead to make sure your passport is ready when you really need it!

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Can I apply for a Visa if my Passports about to expire?

Applying for a visa with a passport that is about to expire is, in general, not advised.

Some countries require you to submit your visa request before your trip, while some only require you to acquire the visa once you arrive. In either case, having a passport that is soon to expire could put your trip on hold or even result in you not being able to travel as intended!

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