Schengen Fact Sheet - Travel to European Countries in the Schengen Area
Check the expiration date on your passport carefully before traveling to Europe. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for a short-term tourism or business trip requires that your passport be valid for at least 90 days beyond your intended date of departure. We recommend that your passport have at least six months of validity whenever you travel abroad to avoid unintended travel disruptions.
The European countries that make up the Schengen area areenforcing the requirement that short-term tourism or business visitors’ passports be valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended date of departure from the Schengen area, though adherence varies from country to country. Some Schengen countries assume all travelers will stay the full 90 days allowed for visa-free visitors, meaning you may not be admitted unless your passport is valid for at least six months regardless of the duration of your stay. This requirement may apply if you are transiting a Schengen airport for several hours en route to a non-Schengen destination. If your passport does not meet the Schengen requirements you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes, or you could be denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area.
When you first cross any external border of the Schengen area and present your passport for entry, an immigration official will decide if you qualify for entry into the Schengen area. You may be denied entry if the officer decides you do not qualify for entry. When moving from one Schengen country to another, you do not need to show your passport until you exit the Schengen area. Ensure your passport is stamped upon entry and exit.