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Traveling to France with a passport that exp. in a month Is that a problem?

Traveling to France with a passport that exp. in a month Is that a problem?

Sep 24th, 2007, 04:11 AM
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<My hubby is not happy with me since I was supposed to check on this last week. Good thing we live in a city where we can go in person. Of course, this trip was not my idea ...>

I'm having a hard time not responding to this and if I said what I really felt I probably would not make any friends here. Whose passport, who is not happy?? I'm biting my tongue now, I think I will just stop.
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Sep 24th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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It sounds as though you are planning to renew the passport this week, which seems the only safe thing to do.
There is another recent thread about passport requirements for entering Italy with some information about France, too

The link to the French Embassy site does not seem conclusive to me; it just says you do not need a visa. it does not address the issue of the expiration date for the passport

Good luck --hope you have a great trip
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Sep 24th, 2007, 05:12 AM
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Hi L,

One reason to be concerned about a PP that expires less than 90 days from the day you enter most European countries is that you are entering on an automatic 90-day visa.

The host country would be concerned if you didn't have a valid passport to return home with.

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Sep 24th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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While I certainly don't think it would hurt to get a new passport... I went through the same thing this past April with my significant other flying NYC-Paris.

He had two weeks left on his passport, which was a ratty mess. We were heading to Paris for five days. The ticketing agent gave us a large amount of ribbing but in the end said it was perfectly legal. As some have mentioned above, it definitely depends on what country you are leaving from. I called the embassy and they assured me it would be fine.

Of course, I was a wreck until we were through security and on that plane; my significant other is much more easygoing and seemed to not have a care in the world.

I would make the proper calls (as it may have changed especially) and then make your decision.
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Sep 24th, 2007, 10:49 AM
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>my significant other is much more easygoing and seemed to not have a care in the world.<

Of course, he has you to worry about these minor details for him.

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Sep 24th, 2007, 12:54 PM
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That's true ira... I tend to be the planner; it's hard not to be one after peeking in on the Forums everyday. Such inspired preparation really...it does rub off on you.

Lauriecelli... let us know what you end up doing okay? Where are you headed in France anyway?
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Sep 26th, 2007, 10:48 AM
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NeoPatrick, the link you posted to is says is if you want to long-stay visa (more than 90 days), you need a passport that extends at least 90 days past the expiration of the visa. I'm sorry, but that is not definitive with respect to a short (i.e. no-visa) visit.
Sep 26th, 2007, 11:34 AM
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So you're suggesting that if you want or need either a short term or long term visa, you are only required to have a passport good for 90 days, but if you don't need a visa for the short stay then the period extends to 6 months? Kind of a hard idea to swallow -- but I realize the language is cloudy.

Actually the only information on the subject I can find on the French Embassy or Consulate websites only says that a "valid passport" is required for short stays. I have yet to see anything in print that suggests it must be valid for longer than your stay.

Meanwhile, I question the value of calling and getting an answer from any given clerk. I looked at enough past posts to see than some people who DID call have been told 6 months, some have been told 90 days, and some have been told that it must only be good for the length of your stay. So what good does calling do if you can't get a definitive answer? The clerk who gives you an answer is NOT going to be the one at the gate checking you in or out through passport control!
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