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I am traveling to Prague from Los Angeles. My travels end on 15 April and passport expires 14 October. Netherlands requires 6 months of validity after end of travel, Czech requires 3 months validity after end of travel. Will I be allowed to continue to my flight from Amsterdam to Prague given the passport does not quite meet the 6 month requirement for my layover?

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  • @pnuts irrelevant, unless OP is an EU/EEA citizen
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 0:44
  • Where do you get the idea that the Netherlands requires six months after the end of travel? From the consular website: "That passport or travel document must cover your intended stay and remain valid for at least three months after your intended date of departure."
    – phoog
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 1:51
  • "Netherlands requires 6 months of validity after end of travel". No it does not! See my answer
    – Crazydre
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 7:01
  • @Crazydre technically you will need 6 months validity if you want to stay for the full 90 days. I think some websites are simply too lazy to spell out the nuances.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 9:46
  • @JonathanReez Not 6 months after the end of travel, which is what OP wrote
    – Crazydre
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 9:47

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The entire Schengen area has a unified set of rules for third-country nationals so your point of entry is irrelevant. According to the Schengen Borders Code:

For intended stays on the territory of the Member States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay, the entry conditions for third-country nationals shall be the following:

(a) they are in possession of a valid travel document entitling the holder to cross the border satisfying the following criteria:

(i) its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. In a justified case of emergency, this obligation may be waived;

Therefore the answer is that you may enter the Schengen area with a soon-to-expire passport, as long as you plan to depart at least 3 months before your travel document expires.

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  • I will like to add that according to the US State Department travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/netherlands.html Passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure. It mentions that some SCHENGEN countries implement the requirements haphazardly and enforce six months. Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 0:52
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    @pnuts The US website said 6 months of validity beyond date of departure to the Schengen country. Basically three months stay plus three months after end of travel NOT six months after end of travel Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 0:57
  • @Pnuts For Germany however you are right Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. This regulation is strictly enforced in Germany. travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/germany.html Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 0:59
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    @SheikPaul Why would you believe the US government web site when the German government describes its own rules differently?
    – phoog
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 1:54
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    No, no, just no! Timatic clearly states that 3 months is all that's required, so anything else is outdated info
    – Crazydre
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 2:03
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As stated by Timatic, the database used by airlines, about the Netherlands:

Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.

This is the information for the Netherlands, which is where you will clear immigration. As such it is the Dutch, not Czech, requirements that are relevant for you in practice.

Nevertheless, for the sake of it, here is what it says about Czech:

Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay

Same thing there in other words

So, any info suggesting 6 months is required by the Netherlands is outdated.

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