I have a question regarding an upcoming trip I have planned and the '6 month rule' and I'm having a hard time finding an answer. I will be going on a cruise to Greece that departs from Rome, Italy and will have a brief layover in Germany on my way there.
I depart on 7/25 (next Thursday) and am returning to the U.S. on 8/4. My passport expires on 2/21/20. Every resource I can find (state dept.'s website, airline's website, cruise's website) all state that my passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after my return date. Well 2/21/20 is 6 months and 2 weeks after my return date of 8/4/19.
Technically that does meet the requirements listed everywhere I can find, but with that being so close to the 6 month cutoff, I just want to confirm that I will be let into Germany, Italy & Greece (Schengen area) on my current passport, or if I need to rush and make a last minute appointment to renew my passport in the week before I leave.
I checked with my airline (Lufthansa), who advised me to enter my passport info on IATA's travel centre website, and that told me that my current documentation should be accepted, However I definitely want to confirm that. I reached out to the State Dept, and Royal Caribbean, who both said they cant comment on specifics and just mentioned the 6 month rule, and they advised me to reach out to the embassies & consulates of the countries I am visiting.
This has turned into a long search for what I thought would be a simple answer. I am turning to the collective wisdom of the internet and more experienced travelers who may have some insight. Should I be good to go? Am I overthinking all this?