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France Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No

Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay. If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

Visas

Visas for France are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in France for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.

Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in France without a visa for up to 90 days.

France is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.

Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for France for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for France for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

For citizens from Taiwan visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for France.

Visa Note

For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for France visas.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

Validity

The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen states, whereas citizens of certain other countries only require a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with your consulate.

Application to

If France is your main destination in the Schengen area, apply to your local French consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Schengen Visas

France is part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

Non-EU/ EEA citizens intending to stay in France for longer than 90 days and up to one year must apply for a long-stay visa in advance. A residence permit also needs to be obtained for any stay exceeding three months.

EU/ EEA citizens intending to remain in France for longer than six months need to register with the authorities. In order to have access to state services, a residence permit also has to be obtained.

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient Funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip.

Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination.

Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering France with a pet from outside of the EU.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in France


Telephone: +33 1 4451 3100
Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-paris
Address: , 35 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, Paris, 75008,
Opening times:

French Embassy in the UK


Telephone: +44 20 7073 1000
Website: https://uk.ambafrance.org/
Address: , 58 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7JT,
Opening times:

French Embassy in the USA


Telephone: +1 202 944 6000
Website: https://franceintheus.org/
Address: NW, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, 20007,
Opening times:

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