How long should my passport be valid for travelling abroad?


Pursuant to the Law on EU Borders and the signatories of the Schengen Agreement (Schengen Border Code), foreigners may enter EU or Schengen member states for intended stays only when in possession of a valid travel document or other document entitling the holder to cross the external border. The travel document must satisfy the following criteria: 1) its validity extends at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the EU member states or the signatories of the Schengen Agreement and 2) it is issued within the previous 10 years. 

Some overseas countries require for the travel document to be valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure in order to be granted entry or to obtain a visa so we recommend that you contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit.

Last updated: 23 November 2020