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Traveling to France from Egypt but US Passport is about to expire

by Deana
(Cairo, Egypt)

Question: Hi, I am a US citizen residing in Cairo, Egypt. My US passport expires on May 20th of next year. I am planning a vacation to Paris, France on February 20 returning to Cairo on February 27.

Will there be a problem with my entry to France? I have tried to renew my passport; unfortunately, since the political crisis in Egypt, the US Embassy is not renewing passports, only issuing 3 month emergency passports for travel to the US. Please advise. Thanks!

Answer: France is party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, they require visitors to have a passport valid three months beyond the proposed stay. Based on the dates of your vacation and that of your passport's expiration, you do no meet this requirement.

I suggest you contact the Embassy of France in Cairo. They may be able to help you find a solution. If you are unable to contact the Embassy of France in Cairo due to the unrest in Egypt, you can try getting assistance from representatives at the Embassy of France in the U.S.

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