Passport requirements for Greece, France and Spain you need to be aware of

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The summer holiday season is upon us and if you are heading to destinations such as Greece, France or Spain, there are some rules you need to be aware of

When it comes to passport requirements, if you don't adhere to them, you could be turned away at the airport and you won't be able to board the plane. According the Foreign Office, when it comes to Spain, "you will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen."

So what rules are there in place currently? Here is what you need to know before you travel.

What are the passport validity requirements for Spain?

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Spain follows Schengen area rules. Your passport must:

  • have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive – if you renewed your passport before 1 October 2018, it may have a date of issue that is more than 10 years ago

  • have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave the Schengen area

You should check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements.

The Foreign Office warns: "You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen."

What are the passport validity requirements for France?

Travellers are being warned to ensure their passport meets the requirements
Travellers are being warned to ensure their passport meets the requirements -Credit:Getty/Alexandr Spatari

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, follow the Schengen area passport requirements.

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

The Foreign Office warns that you should ensure your passport meets the above requirements before you travel.

They caution: "If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date."

You should contact the French Embassy in the UK if you think your passport does not meet both these requirements.

What are the passport validity requirements for Greece?

Sunset over Oia town, Santorini, Cyclades islands, Greece
There are two rules you need to stick to -Credit:Getty/Matteo Colombo

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Just like France, you'll need to check your passport meets these requirements before travel with the same October 1 rules applying..

You should contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements.

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