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New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

Geneva, Switzerland
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New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

SCHENGEN AREA: PASSPORT VALIDITY REQUIREMENT

On 26 June 2013, the European Union published regulation EU 610/2013, modifying Regulation EU 562/2006 (Schengen Borders Code). According to the regulation, third-country nationals entering the Schengen area will be required to hold a travel document valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. The requirement will enter into force on 19 July 2013. IATA is currently seeking clarification on the upcoming changes and effective dates with the authorities of individual Schengen Member states.

Source: Timatic

Liverpool, UK
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1. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

I hope this is widely communicated or I can see the denied boarding posts from those who didn't have the necessary passport validity.

Ipswich, United...
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2. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

If the regulation was published on 26 June and comes into force on 19 July that could leave quite a few people with a problem. I am surprised by the short notice, unless some initial discretion is to be allowed.

London
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3. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

This does not apply to Nationals of a European Union member state outside the Schengen Area (e.g. UK or Irish Nationals).

Edited: 7:50 am, July 17, 2013
Geneva, Switzerland
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4. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

Right, wirewiper. The full text of the regulation is clearer on this matter:

eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do…

Italy
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5. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

Thanks for the info.

Geneva, Switzerland
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6. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

From tomorrow this will be enforced. Hope everybody will be ready...

South Pole
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7. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

so they give people 23 days notice?

nice for those in transit

Portland, Oregon
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8. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

If you're denied boarding due to EU610/2013, can you claim compensation under EU261/2004?

:)))))

Sydney/Melbourne
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9. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

I wonder how the vast majority of travelers who never look at a travel forum like TA are going to find out about this new regulation? It may well be that the airlines can post it on their websites but what about the thousands of people who buy their tickets 3, 6 or even 11 months out?

Watch this space for the tales of woe to start rolling in if its strictly enforced.

Yorkshire
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10. Re: New Schengen rule regarding passport validity

> nice for those in transit

I hope it does not apply to those in transit, majority of whom do not need to enter Schengen borders. Otherwise someone returning back home with a connection in Schengen can be in real trouble!