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How Many Months Validity Must an EU Passport Have When Entering Switzerland?

Hi -- I'm wondering how many months validity Switzerland requires on an EU passport when entering the country on a B permit that is tied to that passport. Is it 6 months? I searched the forum and couldn't find anything.

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Re: How Many Months Validity Must an EU Passport Have When Entering Switzerland?

Hi GeelongGirl,

from your nick I´d assume you´re Australian?! However, I´ll answer your question "...how many months validity Switzerland requires on an EU passport when entering the country..."

All that matters is that the person in question has an EU-nationality, and possesses the corresponding passport. A residence permit in Switzerland has no influence on being allowed to enter Switzerland (or not).

The >>law<< sais:

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I. Allgemeine Bestimmungen
Art. 1 Einreise und Ausreise

Die Vertragsparteien gestatten den Staatsangehörigen der anderen Vertragspar-
teien
, deren Familienangehörigen im Sinne des Artikels 3 dieses Anhangs und den
entsandten Arbeitnehmern im Sinne des Artikels 17 dieses Anhangs die Einreise in
ihr Hoheitsgebiet gegen Vorlage eines gültigen Personalausweises oder Reisepasses.
Short translation: "Entry is allowed with a valid Passport or ID-Card."

So as long as the Passport or ID-Card is valid, you may enter. Even on the last day of its validity.

Hope this helps,
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Re: How Many Months Validity Must an EU Passport Have When Entering Switzerland?

I came back to Switzerland from the UK with just a few days day left on my United Kingdom Passport with no problems! I had a harder time leaving the UK as I had to prove that I was resident in Switzerland and would not be coming back any time soon!! Entry into Switzerland was trouble free.
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Re: How Many Months Validity Must an EU Passport Have When Entering Switzerland?

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Hi swissrob,

who gave you trouble? The "official", "British" authorities, or the airline representatives?

My strong guess is, it was the latter?

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Re: How Many Months Validity Must an EU Passport Have When Entering Switzerland?

Thanks everyone! Very helpful.
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Re: How Many Months Validity Must an EU Passport Have When Entering Switzerland?

Yes it was the airline at check in. I suppose they don't want to get fined or something. The British customs people didn't even bat an eyelid!

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who gave you trouble? The "official", "British" authorities, or the airline representatives?

My strong guess is, it was the latter?

Rgds,
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Yes it was the airline at check in. I suppose they don't want to get fined or something. The British customs people didn't even bat an eyelid!
Typical...

The airline is responsible to only transport passengers with valid papers. This can sometimes lead to trouble, if they are malinformed.

In case of short validity of papers, you should have a printout of the law (see above) with you, to rule out any ambiguity.

If they deny boarding regardless, get in writing for what reason boarding was denied.

I´m an expert in this due to visa-problems, but this can lead to similar messy scenarios.

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