Schengen Area, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania: New Passport Validity Requirements17 July 2013
On 26 June 2013, the European Union published regulation EU 610/2013, modifying Regulation EU 562/2006 (Schengen Borders Code). According to the regulation, third-country nationals (both visa required and visa exempt) entering the Schengen area, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania will be required to hold a travel document valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. The requirement will enter into force on Friday, July 19, 2013.
The following countries have confirmed they will be implementing the regulation as of this date: Austria, Belgium, Czech Rep., Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.
IATA is currently seeking clarification on the upcoming changes and effective dates with the authorities of the individual Schengen Member states which have not yet confirmed to be implementing this regulation. The IATA Travel Centre will be updated accordingly upon receiving the confirmation.
*Note: the following countries already require third-country nationals to be in possession of a travel document valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from their territory: Cyprus, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands and Portugal.