Passport Validity


Before applying for a visa you must make sure that your passport is valid.


1. Check the expiration date on your passport.

  • For a short stay visa (less than 90 days), the expiration date must be no earlier than 3 months after the date of your return from the Schengen Area.
  • For a regular long stay visa (more than 90 days), the expiration date must be 15 months after the day you plan to leave your country.


2. Make sure your passport has two or more completely blank and unmarked visa pages.


3. Make sure your passport has not been altered.

  • Check if the original laminated film (the transparent safety film that covers the passport photo) has been tampered with. If this is the case, you must ask a passport-issuing authority to re-tamper proof your passport.
  • Make sure no pages or surfaces have been laminated (as this will invalidate your passport).
  • Check for scratching or alteration.


4. If your passport was issued over 10 years ago, even if it is still valid at the time you submit your visa application, you must apply for a new passport from your national authorities or the Embassy or Consulate of your country of origin, before being able to apply for a visa.