French Visa Requirements

Before you travel you need to make sure you are aware of any visa requirements to enter France. We will take you through the basics so you don’t run into any troubles before you leave the airport. This page also has some general travel tips about your travel documents and making sure they are safe.

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Do you need a visa?

Travellers to France from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA that are staying less than 90 days do not need a visa prior to arrival. Instead you will present your passport as you enter and it will be stamped.

With the first stage of Brexit now complete, there are no changes for citizens of the United Kingdom with regards to travel in and out of the EU. However, from January 01 2021 new rules will come into effect. Click here to learn more and keep up to date with the latest developments.

The Schengen Zone

France is part of what is known as the Schengen zone which is a group of 26 countries that, in effect, abolished their internal borders. As a result, once you are in the Schengen Zone you are free to travel between the member countries. The zone includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The citizens of many countries are able to visit the Schengen Zone without needing to apply for a visa before they travel. The full list of countries can be found here. If, however, your country is not on this list you will need to apply for a visa through the French embassy in your country before you travel. This is also shown in the link above.

If you are planning to stay in the Schengen Zone for more than 90 days in 180 you will need to apply for a visa before you arrive. Check with the French embassy in your country to check the requirements.

European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

From 1 January 2021 a new scheme called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will commence. It will only apply for travellers to the Schengen Zone who currently do not require a visa. This new scheme is not a visa but rather a check that you are a fit and proper person to enter the zone. This is similar to the US Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). As a result of the new scheme you will be required to apply online for the authorisation prior to travel. At the present time it is expected that the process will take about 10 minutes and cost €7.

This website has lots of information about the Schengen Zone to help with any more detailed information.

Passports

A valid passport is required for any international travel so make sure you have yours well in advance of your trip. It is generally recommended you have at least 6 months until the expiry of your passport left at the end of your trip. For example, if your holiday ends on 30 June your passport should not expire before 31 December in that same year. One of the requirements to enter the Schengen Zone is that you have at least 3 months left on your passport from the end of your trip. If you do not have the required validity left on it you will be denied entry into the country you wish to travel and may not even be able to board the flight.

While you are away your passport becomes a critical piece of documentation so a few extra precautions are worth it to keep it safe. The last thing you want to do on your holiday is spend hours or days getting a new passport. It is suggested that you take a copy or photo of your passport in the event it is lost and consider carrying a couple of passport photos with you should your passport get lost. Where possible we generally put ours in a hotel safe and don’t carry it with us unless it is necessary.

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Getting consular assistance

If you are unfortunate enough to have your passport stolen or if it is lost the embassy of your country is the first point of contact. Listed below are details of foreign embassies in France for a range of countries. Many countries also provide online information specific to their citizens, details of which are also listed below.

Australian Embassy

4 rue Jean Ray

75015, Paris France

phone. 01 40 59 33 00

email. consular.paris@dfat.gov.au

web. www.france.embassy.gov.au

Travel advice for Australian citizens: www.smartraveller.gov.au

Canadian Embassy

130 rue de Grenelle

75007, Paris, France

phone. 01 44 43 29 02

email. paris.consulaire@international.gc.ca

web. www.france.gc.ca

Lyon office

3, place de la Bourse

69002, Lyon, France

phone. 09 62 56 59 01

email. lyon@international.gc.ca

Toulouse office

59 allées Jean-Jaurés

31000, Toulouse, France

phone. 05 67 31 45 53

email. toulouse@international.gc.ca

Travel advice for Canadian citizens: www.travel.gc.ca

Irish Embassy

12 avenue Foche

75116, Paris, France

phone. 01 44 17 67 00

email. contact form on website

web. www.embassyofireland.fr

Cannes office

69 avenue du Roi Albert

06400, Cannes, France

phone. 06 77 69 14 36

Cherbourg office

Gare Maritime Sud

50100, Cherbourg, France

phone. 02 33 44 11 11

Lyon office

158 avenue Roger Salengro

69100, Villeurbanne, France

phone. 06 7040 14 01

Travel advice for Irish citizens: www.dfa.ie/travel-advice

New Zealand Embassy

103, rue de Grenelle

75007, Paris, France

phone. 01 45 01 43 43

email. embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com

web. www.mfat.govt.nz/france

Travel advice for New Zealand citizens: www.safetravel.govt.nz

United Kingdom Embassy

35 rue du Faubourg Sainte-Honoré

75383, Paris, France

phone. 01 44 51 31 00

email. contact form on website

web. www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-paris

Bordeaux office

Address not provided

phone. 05 57 22 21 10

Marseille office

10 place de Marseille-La Joliette

Atrium 10.3

13002, Marseille, France

phone. 04 91 15 72 10

Travel advice for UK citizens: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

United States of America Embassy

2 avenue Gabriel

75008, Paris, France

phone. 01 43 12 22 22

email. citizeninfo@state.gov

web. www.fr.usembassy.gov

Travel advice for citizens of the USA: www.travel.state.gov

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