Before October 2018 in the UK it was possible to have a passport issue that was valid for longer than 10 years. When your passport was renewed some remaining time from your previous passport could extend the validity period beyond 10 years. The Schengen countries don't recognise this extension for entry to the zone.
According to the UK Government website, to enter France you passport needs to meet these two critera:
- 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’)
I know that people have been refused entry for using a passport issued more than 10 years ago.
I am not certain what the 'valid' date in the second criteria refers to. It could mean:
- The expiry date printed in the passport, say 1 November 2022.
- Ten years from the date of issue, say 1 October 2022.
If the date three months after I plan to leave the Schengen zone is 15 October 2022, will I be allowed to enter?