Navigate France’s Visa Requirements: Your Essential Guide to Stress-Free Travel Preparation

Visiting France: Essential Visa Information for a Memorable Journey

Planning a trip to France is an exciting endeavour filled with anticipation and dreams of immersing oneself in the beauty and culture of this enchanting country. As you embark on this journey, it is crucial to ensure that you have the necessary visas in place to make your visit to France smooth and hassle-free. In this informative guide, we will delve into the intricacies of acquiring the right visas, providing you with essential information and guidance to help you navigate the visa process effectively. Whether you’re traveling for leisure, business, or any other purpose, our comprehensive resource on French visas will be your valuable companion as you prepare for a memorable adventure in the land of “l’Hexagone.”

Do I even need a visa to visit France?

Whether you require a visa or not will largely depend on the nature and duration of your stay in France.

If you intend to visit France as a Tourist, or you are travelling to France to meet with friends or family and you visit will not exceed three months then in most cases you will not need a visa at all. Mostly this will depend on what part of the world you are coming from.

As you are reading this site is in English it is assumed that you will be travelling to France from one of the different english speaking nations.
Many countries have signed various treaties with France and obtaining a tourist visa is a fairly straight forward affair. Often a visa is not even required.
Especially if you are a resident of and travelling from one of the major english speaking countries of the world. If you would like you can jump straight to the visa information for your country by clicking the links above.

Questions to ask about your stay in France.

Is my visit purely for tourism or am I visiting for business? A little of both?

Is it a short stay ? ( Less than 90 days ?) Or a long stay (Greater than 90 days)?

And even if I don’t require a visa ( you may not require a visa to enter France under certain conditions) what other documents will I need to provide to enter the country

I’m American – The United States

Generally speaking, If you are an American citizen travelling to France on an ordinary US issued passport, for a stay of less than 90 days, then you do not require a visa to enter France.

You will need to be able to present a certain number of supporting documents at the border control. You can see the detail below:

supporting documents

I’m Australian

Aussie’s do not require a visa to entry France for a short stay (less than 90 days). Of course you will be required to show a number of supporting documents at border control.

Australians may also be entitled to apply for a working holiday visa

See what other supporting documents you will be required to present at border control.

I’m Canadian

Canadian residents who hold an ordinary Canadian passport issued at home, and who are travelling from Canada to France for a short stay i.e. of less than 90 days will not require a visa to enter France.

In any case your booking agent will take care of the formalities at the time of your reservation. Canadian residents who are under the age of 35 may benefit from some other advantages accorded by the France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement.

This agreement has special provisions for students, young professionals and young Canadians wishing to apply for a working holiday visa which would allow them to partially fund their stay or onward travel by seeking paid employment in France. If this is your case then you can read more about it on the French Canada Youth Agreement visa site.

See what other supporting documents you will require at border control.

I’m Irish

Irish Residents who hold an Irish passport and intend to travel to France for a stay of less than 90 days do not require a visa. You will still need to show some supporting documents at border control. You can see the details of the necessary documents here: supporting documents

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I’m from New-Zealand

Kiwi’s do not require a visa to entry France for a short stay (less than 90 days). Of course you will still be required to show a number of supporting documents at border control. supporting documents

You may also apply for a working holiday visa if you are under the age of 30. This visa is destined to help you to finance your stay and travel in France.

I’m from the UK

British and UK residents travelling on an ordinary passport issued in the UK, for an application made in the UK for a stay of 90 days or less (in a 180 day period) do not require a visa to enter France or the Schengen area.

OK, but if I dont require a visa why do I need to ‘apply’ for a visa from within the UK?

Great question. Whilst a visa is not required the French government still collects data on all visitors. When you book a ticket the visa ‘application’ is assumed by the travel agent, traditional or ‘online’.

You will need to be able to present a certain number of supporting documents at the border control.

Supporting documents required

Chinese Residents

Chinese residents require a visa to visit France.

You can find out more information on the French government visa site.

The supporting documents to be provided are as follows:

  • A travel document, issued less than 10 years ago, containing at least two blank pages, with a period of validity at least 3 months longer than the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen Area or, in the case of a long stay, at least three months longer than the expiry date of the visa requested. Be sure to transmit (scan) ALL PAGES of your travel document containing visas, entry and exit stamps or any other inscription.近10年内签发的旅行证件,并且至少有两页供使用的签证空白页。证件有效期需超过预计离开申根区的日期至少3个月;如果是长期居留,证件有效期需超过申请的签证到期日至少3个月。请扫描所有包含签证、出入境章及其他注册证明的旅行证件页,以及户口簿所有页。
  • ID photograph.证件照片。
  • If you are not a national of your country of residence: proof that you are legally resident in that country (e.g. residence permit).对于在华居住的外国人:需提供剩余有效期6个月以上的居留许可的复印件,或正在办理居留续期的证明。
  • If you have an official travel document, a note verbale is required.
  • Reservation confirmation of an organised trip or any other document describing the planned programme.行程单(英文或法文)。
  • Reservation of a return ticket or travel itinerary.从中国出发和返回的飞机票订单。
  • Proof of socio-professional status (e.g. employment contract, certificate of employment, extract from the trade and companies’ register, school attendance certificate, proof of pension) and any documents demonstrating the applicant’s personal links to the country of residence (e.g. copy of marriage certificate, family record book).标明申请人职位、工资、工作年限、年假或单位缺席许可,以及签字人身份及职位的工作单位证明, 持章公司公章的公司注册执照副本 或 公司营业执照或机构法人代表证明 。已婚无业者:提供配偶工作单位证明和工资证明,以及经外交部公证认证的结婚证明。
  • Bank statements, pay slips, pension statements.银行卡(信用卡或储蓄账户除外)近三个月进出账单,银行证明,或退休金详单,或其他固定收入证明。
  • Reservation of a hotel or sufficient resources to cover hotel expenses (to the amount of €120/day) or a tenancy agreement or certificate of ownership. If staying with a private individual : proof of accommodation (Cerfa form).住宿证明:酒店预订单或法国当地市政府提供的接待证明。
  • Travel health insurance certificate (cf FAQ).旅游医疗保险。

Working Holiday Visa France

Depending on your nationality and age, you may be able to benefit from the work holiday programme. This programme allows you to visit France for a period of more than three months with the right to work, so as to supplement your financial resources on site.

The conditions

The main reason for your stay is tourism and discovering France’s culture;

Your country or territory must have signed an agreement with France. Today, this applies to 15 countries or territories:

  • Australia;
  • Argentina;
  • Brazil;
  • Canada (agreement on youth mobility);
  • Chile;
  • Colombia;
  • South Korea;
  • Japan;
  • New Zealand;
  • Hong Kong;
  • Mexico;
  • Peru;
  • Russia;
  • Taiwan;
  • Uruguay.

You must meet the terms and conditions of the agreement signed with your home country, regarding the duration of your stay. You must meet the criteria of expected financial resources provided for in the agreement.

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age at the date that thet submit their application (up to the date of 30th birthday), regardless of country or territory of origin, except for Argentina, Australia and Canada where the maximum age is 35 years (up to the date of 36th birthday).

Australian, Canadian and Colombian nationals may file their visa application with the visa centre of their choice. Nationals of other countries or territories, in contrast, must file their application with the visa centre empowered in their country or territory of nationality

Your Visa

The working holiday visa for France is a long-stay visa . It contains the mention: “vacances travail” (i.e. working holiday). Its duration is one year and may not be extended, excepting special circumstances which will be indicated on the visa. The working holiday visa lets you find paid employment on a casual basis, without seeking further approval from the French Administration.

Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents must be presented if requested of the Border Police upon your arrival in France:

  • A valid passport issued less than 10 years before and valid for at least 3 months after the envisaged departure date;
  • A valid visa, if required;
  • Proof of accommodation covering the whole duration of the stay (hotel reservation and/or certificate of staying with a (French) relative validated in the (local French) town hall);
  • Sufficient financial means. The means of subsistence shall be assessed according to the duration and purpose of the stay and by reference to the average prices for accommodation and food in the Member States;
  • Your return ticket or the financial means to acquire one at the envisaged return date;
  • Any document providing details on the profession or the capacity of the traveller as well as on the establishments or organisations located in France which are expecting you, if you are on a professional trip.
  • You must have an insurance certificate covering all medical and hospital expenses for which you may be liable for the duration of your stay in France, as well as medical repatriation costs and expenses in the event of death.

For the big English speaking countries your passport and return ticket will usually be sufficient. The other information is usually not requested but you should know how to respond if asked about your accommodation for example.

What are the “resources” that I need to justify?

Basically you need to be able to show that you can support yourself during your stay. This is so that you wont be forced to resort to desperate or shady means to survive in France.

In sum:

You must be able to show that you have insurance covering all medical and hospital expenses for which you may be liable for the duration of your stay in France, as well as medical repatriation costs and expenses in the unfortunate event of your demise.

If you are staying in a hotel, you will need to show your hotel booking and provide a minimum amount per day of stay. N.B. This amount differs depending on the Schengen country visited.

For France, this amount is:

  • 65 euros per day of stay where you can present a hotel booking;
  • 120 euros per day where you have not already booked a hotel;
  • In the case of a partial hotel booking: 65 euros per day for the period covered by the booking and 120 euros per day for the remainder of the stay.
  • If you are staying with a close friend or relative, you must provide proof of this invitation. This can be a short letter by your host which they will have had stamped at their local town hall.

In this case you will only need to show that you have a minimum of €32.50 per day.

Are you exempt from showing the supporting documents at the border?

If you are a foreign diplomat or member of parliament or transiting aircraft crew, then you will not need to show any supporting documents at the border. This article deals specifically with tourist visas so we haven’t gone into detail about the exemptions here.

Health measures

 – The movement regime: this sets out the exemptions under which travellers can enter France while borders are closed. These exemptions are currently restricted to pressing grounds;

 – Health check measures: tests before and/or upon arrival, you must show no symptoms of the virus, must not be a close contact, must self-isolate for seven days, etc.;

 – The usual entry requirements apply: all foreign travellers must present a valid passport along with the required documents proving the reason for their stay (for short stays of less than 90 days: proof of resources and accommodation and short-stay visa if required for their nationality; if coming to live in France: long-stay visa; if residing in France: residence permit).

The nature of these measures varies for each traveller based on several criteria:

 – Whether entering or leaving Metropolitan France;

 – Country of origin or destination: France or another State in the European space, a State outside the European space, including the United Kingdom;

 – Nationality or country of residence of the traveller;

 – Age of the traveller (over or under 11).

What if my country is not listed?

If your country is not listed above, do not worry. You will be able to apply for a visa to visit We recommend that you visit the official site for French Visas here

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