France Visa and Passport Requirements
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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 however, 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. EU nationals also 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.
The passport and visa requirements for travellers visiting Monaco as tourists are the same as for France. Monaco is not a member of the EU however, so residency and long-stay requirements differ and are liable to change. For further details, contact any French Consulate (or consular section at embassy).
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 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: 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.
Do note that for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.
Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for France.
From 2021 nationals from 58 countries who can currently visit the Schengen region without a visa will need to apply for ETIAS authorisation before travelling to any Schengen member country. Click here to read more about ETIAS.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €60. Nationals of Georgia, Kosovo, Russia and Ukraine pay €35. In June 2019, it was announced that the Schengen Visa fee will increase by 33.3% to €80 in January 2020.
Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.
The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.
Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen states, whereas other citizens of certain countries are only required a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with your consulate.
If France is your main destination in the Schengen area, apply to your local French consulate (or consular section at embassy). In the UK, the French authorities have outsourced the visa application process to a company called TLS Contact (www.tlscontact.com/gb2fr). TLS Contact charges an additional €30 processing fee (or its GBP equivalent). All Schengen visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.
France is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.
Non-EU 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 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.
Visa applications may take up to 15 days and it is recommended to submit applications at least three to four weeks prior to departure.
If applying for a visa, you'll be asked to detail how you intend to support yourself for the duration of your stay.
Extension of stay
If you need to extend your stay in France for reasons of force majeure, you must, before the date of expiry of your visa, submit an application for 'prolongation de visa' (visa extension) with documentary evidence.
Entry with children
If visas are needed, a form must be filled out for each individual applicant, including children under 18.
Entry with pets
If 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 or be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies tier 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 Finland 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
Address: , 35 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, Paris, 75008,
French Embassy in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7073 1000
Address: , 58 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7JT,
French Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 944 6000
Address: NW, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, 20007,
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