reckless intuitions of an epistemic hygienist (gustavolacerda) wrote,
reckless intuitions of an epistemic hygienist

passport validity for entering France; bureaucratic confusopoly

My passport is expiring at the end of January, and a few weeks ago I made an appointment for tomorrow to renew it, but I figured there was nothing to be worried about, since I have plenty of time. Now, I'm going to Paris for a week on Friday, and since my passport is from Brazil, so I'm not required to get a visa.

However, yesterday my Parisian host told me that in order to enter France, your passport needs to be valid for several months beyond your visit. And in fact, this is not exclusive to France, but exists in most countries: When your valid passport isn't really valid

We did at least an hour of Internet research each... and the sources contradict each other. Below is a summary of our findings, between webpages and other sources:

Some say 6 months: MascaroTour (according to M)

Some say 3 months: here, TIMATIC, French Embassy in Brasília (according to R), French Consulate in Miami (according to V).

Some simply say that the passport just needs to be valid for the duration of your stay here, here (but maybe this is only for UK citizens)

The authoritative source, the French Consulate of New York, mentions no such rule, neither here nor here nor here.


Now, the Six Month Club seems to be a multi-lateral agreement to exempt citizens of these countries when visiting other countries in the list. Brazil and France are both on this list of 103 countries.

<< Citizens of the countries listed below are exempt the six-month rule and need only have a passport valid for their intended period of stay. >>

... but maybe this list is only valid for the USA, even though the motivation for the list is universal. Google doesn't know the answer.

For the sake of expediency, as well as science, I would love to see a big table showing entry requirements for every pair of countries (country of citizenship vs country of arrival). I'm not saying it's easy... but seriously, what century are we living in? UPDATE: TIMATIC seems to be such a database.

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