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Passport 6-month validity requirement is for ENTRY date, not exit, right?

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According to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/france.html, the passport validity requirement is "6 months minimum at entry and valid for 3 months beyond your planned date of final departure from the Schengen area." I just realized that my passport BARELY meets the first half of that for my September trip-- it will expire 6 months plus 6 days after my entry date. The trip will only be 9 or 10 days, so the second half of the requirement -- 3 months beyond end of stay-- is no problem.

However, there seems to be a lot of confusion online, including on these forums, with some people saying you need 6 months beyond end of trip, not just beginning. If that were true, the second half of the rule would be redundant, as 6 months would always be longer that 3 months. But is there a chance that some airline personnel would have or claim the same confusion and deny boarding?

Sending my passport away for renewal right now would be a nuisance because there's a very slight chance that I may get an opportunity for a separate trip early-summer before the September trip.

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