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noonar Fri 19-Jun-09 10:01:56

dd2's (UK)passport expires in october. we travel to france in august. does anyone know if her passport will need renewing before we go, or is it ok to have only 6 weeks validity left on it?


Wigeon Fri 19-Jun-09 10:09:57

Foreign Office advice here

noonar Fri 19-Jun-09 10:15:07

thanks wigeon. got this info below from the french embassy site, but found it a bit ambiguous. do EU nationals also need ID card,if less than 3 months validity, or only other countries listed??

"Passports: Passport valid for three months beyond length of stay required by all, except:
1. nationals of EU countries, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland holding valid national ID cards"

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 19-Jun-09 13:08:31

Swiss citizens carry national ID cards. UK citizens are regarded as EU nationals, the UK is a part of the EU.

From reading your last post it would seem that 6 weeks validity on your DD's passport would not cause any problems (particularly if your DD is a British citizen rather than a British subject).

noonar Fri 19-Jun-09 13:43:41

thnks. your prob right, but i feel a bit nervous about it.... dh needs to renew, so may just do dd's at the same time.

Wigeon Sat 20-Jun-09 21:17:11

How about this from the French embassy website: "as the holder of a British passport, you may travel to France up until the expiry date of your travel document". See half way down on this page.

Wigeon Sat 20-Jun-09 21:18:25

Also, did you know that if you apply for a new passport for DD now, they add on any unexpired time to the new passport? (DH just renewed his passport so that's how I know).

noonar Sun 21-Jun-09 08:26:29

wigeon, have applied for a new one smile thanks.

Wigeon Sun 21-Jun-09 09:07:13

Have a good trip! We're going to France in August too (Loire Valley) smile.

PassingThrough Wed 09-Sep-09 12:15:37

I found this page looking for details on how much validity I needed left on a British passport visiting France. Someone was insisting you need 6 months validity left on a passport before you can travel to france.

For anyone else looking, Specific answer for any country is at

For France:
Entry requirements - Passports
A passport valid for the proposed period of your stay is required for entry to France.

Kiwinyc Fri 11-Sep-09 17:09:50

Thanks PassingThrough. We going to Italy next weekend and DH's (UK) passport expires on 22 Oct. I was pretty sure it would be fine as he's going to wait until we get back to renew but its good to know for sure.

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