Important Due to Covid-19, processing times for passports are taking longer than normal for both standard and expedited services.

Do passports need to be valid for 6 months for trip to Spain?

by MJ

Question: I am a teacher traveling with students to Spain in March/April. Do all passports need to be valid for 6 months beyond our stay?

Answer: Spain is party to the Schengen Agreement and, as such, requires all visitors to possess passports with at least three (3) months of validity beyond the proposed stay in the country.

Anyone whose passport does not presently meet this requirement should apply for a renewal. Since your trip is not until March of next year, there is plenty of time. Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks.

For complete details of the passport renewal processing, click the link below.

How to Renew a Passport

Comments for Do passports need to be valid for 6 months for trip to Spain?

Click here to add your own comments

Unsure of passport
by: Laura

Question: I travel on May 29 to Spain and return on June 2. My passport expires on September 26. Will this be OK? Many thanks.

Answer: You need at least 90 days after your planned date of departure in order to enter Spain. Since your passport will have 116 days left by June 2, you should be okay.

We recommend that you contact the airline you are traveling with to check if they have other requirements.

Business Travel to Spain
by: Katie R

Question: I have to go on a business trip to Spain May 23-27, 2023. My passport expires on August 9, 2023. Will I be okay? If not, how do expedite the renewal process given the current delays? Thank you!

Answer: Your passport has less than the 3 months post-departure validity requirement. You need to do a quick renewal considering you are traveling in 3 weeks. The easiest way to do this is through a private courier. Our trusted service, Rush My Passport, can get your passport in as fast as a week.

Get Passport Fast

Alternatively, you may call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment two weeks before your scheduled departure. Appointments are extremely limited and you will have to spend a considerable amount of time waiting for a representative to answer your call.

Requirements to enter and leave Spain
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I will be traveling to Spain next month 4/26-5/2 and my passport expires on 08/23/2023. Am I still meeting the requirements to enter and leave the country? Thank you.

Answer: Yes, your passport still meets the Schengen Agreement Spain imposes for entry/exit.

Passport expires in 4 1/2 months
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm traveling to Spain on December 22 and be back on January 3. Is my passport still okay?

Answer: Yes, your passport is still okay.

NYC to Spain- passport expiring in 4 months
by: Anonymous

Question: I am traveling 11/11 from NYC to Spain and my passport is expiring on 4/11 next year. I've read online that Spain only has a 3-month validity rule and called USPS who told me to call my airlines who then told me to call the US Embassy to confirm. Would I be okay with my travel plans?

Answer: Spain requires three months beyond your date of departure FROM their country. You will need to move your travel date to an earlier date so your passport meets the requirement.

Spain entry requirements
by: Jus

Question: I’m going to Spain on October 16 to 30th. My USA passport expires Feb 20 2023. Looks like I make the 3-month requirement. Should I renew to be safe?

Answer: The requirement is just 3 months beyond your date of exit from Spain. Your passport still meets the requirement so it's not necessary to renew before your trip.

Spain/Passport validity
by: Anonymous

Question: I am traveling to Spain on May 26th and returning on June 4th. My passport expires on September 30th. I think I should be okay, but want to verify.

Answer: Yes, you should be okay. Your passport needs to be valid 3 for months after you leave Spain. It still meets the requirement.

by: Anonymous

Question: My son just turn 18 and his passport expires soon. Are there special requirements for him to get to renew his passport?

Answer: Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed by mail. Your son needs to visit an application acceptance facility and submit Form DS-11 and all supporting documents. For more information, visit get a new passport.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Passport Expiration FAQ.

Click for fast expedited courier service

Top 5 Questions About Expedited Passport Couriers

UPDATE: Mailing delays and high demand are impacting passport processing. The Department of State's processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center and not when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility.

Standard service may take between 10 and 13 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 7 to 9 weeks excluding mailing times on the front and back end. Current mailing delays are significant. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

Regional passport agencies are offering two types of appointments: Life-of-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 3 business days.

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment.

For Urgent Travel Service, you need to call 14 days before your scheduled international travel or 28 days if you also need to secure a foreign visa.

If you need to travel urgently for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency, please call the NPIC.

A registered expedited passport courier can often assist in obtaining a passport as quickly as the same day. You can learn more about this service here.

Latest Passport & Travel Updates

Getting a Passport Expedited at a Post Office
Requesting express service at post offices and other facilities that accept application forms from U.S. citizens.

Applying at a Regional Passport Agency
Where processing centers are located. How to schedule an appointment. What documents to take with you.

Using a Registered Courier Service
How to pick a legitimate courier service company to assist in getting your passport quickly.

Routine vs. Expedited Passport Service: How to Choose
Guide to help you decide if standard or fast track processing is the best option for your situation.

10 Benefits of Expediters
What are the advantages of employing the services a qualified expediter?

How to Renew a U.S. Passport Fast
Learn to expedite passport renewals as quickly as the same day. Where and how to renew passport in a hurry.

Passport Renewal Videos
Watch step-by-step instructional passport videos of how to renew a passport in 3 steps.

Make Your Own Passport Photos
Use the online Passport Photo Wizard tool to make your own passport photos in minutes. Save money and time.

Travel Warnings
The latest alerts to help you prepare for a safe and secure trip abroad.

Travel Documents
List of the most important travel documents and information about how and where to get them.

Travel Safety
Discover practical advice on how to keep safe during international trips.

23 International Travel Tips to Save Money on Transportation, Lodging & More
Cool ways to make your money stretch farther on travel expenses so that you can go more often and stay longer.

Expedite Your Passport Now!