a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 2, 2017
My family is going on a trip to Canada in April, but one of our member's passport is expiring in September, which would put it into less than 6 months validity. The travel agency told us that the passport only needs to be valid until you leave Canada, so she would have no problem on the trip there. But I read online that the Philippines requires that the passport needs to be valid for more than 6 months to enter. Will she have problems entering back to the Philippines? She is a permanent resident in the PH but is a Chinese citizen. The problem is that the agency told her that the Chinese embassy will not renew her passport if it's still more than 6 months valid, so we really cannot renew it ahead of time.
Who knows? You will only get opinions here. In the end it will all be down to the Immigration when you return, but i suspect that if she is a permanent resident it would make common sense to let her return.
If you live in Manila why don't you or your friend pay a visit to the Immigration office in Manila and ask, or even get some letter. There is a;so a contact option on the website, so try explaining the situation and cross your fingers that they bother to reply.
Your passport must be valid while in Canada, therefore if your passport should expire on March 1, you must leave the country By March 1.
If she is permanent residence in Philippines I don't think she has problem.
Did she speak the language Tagalog or Cebuano? if she did she can explain the immigration about the problem
Sometimes the immigration officer don't bother of looking the validation of passport and sometimes they do.....so who knows your friend maybe lucky............The immigration officers are very strictly especially those one in Manila airport, in Cebu they are more friendly
If your friend has other Philippine documents that she can showed to immigration as proved of permanent resident in PI I think that will be good enough (in my opinion)
yvr, Her passport will be valid while she is in Canada, but by the time she leaves there will be a few days less than 6 months before it expires. She is wondering if she can enter the *Philippines with only 5 months and 20 days befrore expiration (for example) and none of us on the forum can give a definite answer as it depends on the immigration officer
Filipinos are not required to have 6 months on there passports to renter the Philippines.
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Stonee ! The person returning to Philippines is a Chinese passport holder who is a resident of the Philippines
Thank you for the answers, they have all been very helpful! I will tell my friend to bring documents about her residency in the PH so as to avoid further trouble since she can understand Tagalog but does not speak it very well. I do hope that the immigration officer will not be very strict as you say shavy!
We do not live in Manila but we will be going there prior to going to Canada, so I hope that my email to the immigration will be read and I can clear this up further :)
Maybe she could just return 10 days earlier than planned
Actually i will be going to our local immigration office to make my annual report tomorrow morning so i will try and remember to ask the boss when i am there