My mom's passport will be expired on 28 however she has ticket to back to Iran on 27 from Toronto via Frankfurt. She has permanent residence card but she is not Canadian citizen, therefore the only passport she has is the Iranian one. When she changes the flight in Frankfurt, her passport will be expired. Can she travel in this situation?

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    Not an exact dupe bcs here the OP does not have a valid passport at the transit in FRA. Voting to leave open.
    – mts
    Mar 24, 2017 at 7:57
  • ... Not an exact dupe because passport won't actually be expired. Mar 24, 2017 at 23:48

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If the trip is one booking (meaning, she doesn't need to clear immigration to pick up luggage) the passport requirements for entering Germany do not apply to her (she also needs no visa as she has a Canadian PR card), and only the entry requirements for Iran are relevant.

And as stated by Timatic, the database used by airlines:

Nationals of Iran are allowed to enter with an expired passport.

So yes, she can travel without problems

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    Do you have a source for the part about no need for a valid passport while in transit? Not doubting you but I could not find any myself.
    – mts
    Mar 25, 2017 at 11:31
  • @mts Timatic doesn't say anything explicit, simply because most of the time you won't be dealing with national authorities when merely connecting in a country
    – Crazydre
    Mar 25, 2017 at 16:40
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    True you won't encounter any national authorities in most cases, but I have no idea whether airline personal would still mind upon boarding/check-in for the initial flight?
    – mts
    Mar 25, 2017 at 18:56

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