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France Passport & Visa Requirements

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Entry requirements for Americans

US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months after their intended stay in France. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for UK nationals

British citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in France. Passport exemptions apply to holders of identity cards issued by Gibraltar authories, and endorsed 'Validated for EU travel purposes under the authority of the United Kingdom'. A visa is not required for passports endorsed British Citizen; nor for holders of identity cards issued by Gibraltar authories, and endorsed 'Validated for EU travel purposes under the authority of the United Kingdom'. No visa is required for stays of up to three months for holders of passports endorsed British National (overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and British Subject (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom).

Entry requirements for Canada

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for three months after their intended stay in France. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months. Passport exemptions apply to holders of an Identity Card issued to nationals of Canada, but ONLY when travelling to St. Pierre and Miquelon Islands, and for a maximum stay of three months in a six month period.

Entry requirements for Australians

Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for three months after their intended stay in France. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for South Africans

South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for three months after their intended stay, and a valid Schengen visa, to enter France. Note that entry and transit will be refused to holders of Temporary passports.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders

New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for three months after their intended stay in France. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals

Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for three months after their intended stay in France. No visa is required.

Passport/Visa Note

The borderless region known as the Schengen Area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that has a multiple entry option, and which allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all the aforementioned countries. Additionally, travellers must hold sufficient funds to cover their stay in France, and proof of repatriation (a return or onward ticket, and the necessary travel documentation for their next destination). Note that Schengen visas, if required, are also valid for French Guiana, French West Indies and Reunion, provided that the Schengen visa is endorsed "Also valid for French territories being in observation of the respective French territories". We recommend that passports always be valid for six months after intended period of travel.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

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