General information for foreign nationals with ordinary passports
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As a rule, unless you are exempt, you are required to have a visa, and substantiating documents relating to the stay intended in France and the Schengen area. Visa must be applied for from the relevant French embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence at least one month prior to departure.
The type of visa required to enter France depends on the duration of and reasons for the planned stay.
For stays of less than or not exceeding 90 days (3 months), you need to apply for a short-stay "Schengen" visa.
Once the visa holder has entered the French territory, no visa modification or change of status may be obtained.
Your passport must be valid long enough to cover your stay in the Schengen Area.
Short-stay visas (“Schengen visas”)
Short-stay or “Schengen” visas allow holders to move freely in countries in the Schengen Area for stays not exceeding 90 days per period of 6 months from your first entry to the Schengen Area. Schengen visas may be issued for one or several entries.
This type of visa is generally issued for tourism, business travel or family visits.
Certain foreigners are exempt from the visa requirement :
If you are a
- national of a European Union (EU) Member State other than France, of the European Economic Area, of Switzerland, or a family member of a national of an EU Member State other than France, the EEA or Switzerland, you are not subject to the entry and stay visa requirement, whatever the duration of the stay.
- national of the following countries, whatever the reason for their stay: Albania *, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina *, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Nicaragua , New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Holy See, Seychelles, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Uruguay, Montenegro*, FYROM* and Serbia* ;
*bearers of biometric passports only
- national of the following countries: Australia, Brazil, USA, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea Venezuela.
You also need substantiating documents relating to the stay intended in France and the Schengen area, in accordance with the following table, which is not intended to be exhaustive, as it aims to cover only the most frequent cases :
|Purpose of Visit||Supporting documents may be requested by the border police|
|All||Proof of Livelihood providing for covering your living expenses (cash, travelers checks, certified checks, payment cards for international use, bank statement) depending on the duration and purpose of the stay|
|Repatriation Guarantees covering the costs of returning to your country of habitual residence (maritime, rail, road, or air travel ticket or bank statement)|
And, depending on the reason for your stay:
|Tourist Trip||Any document establishing the purpose and conditions of the stay|
|Business Trip||Any document clarifying the traveler’s profession or quality as well as regarding institutions and organizations located on French territory where the traveler is expected|
|Family or Private Visit||Proof of Accommodations (accommodations affidavit validated by the mayor of the municipality where the host resides) Exemptions: - Humanitarian trip or forming part of a cultural exchange (the accommodations affidavit may be replaced by an affidavit from the host organization or by an invitation if the organization is accredited) – affidavit exemption by the consular authority (if the stay is justified by an urgent medical reason or by the funeral of a relative)|
|Transit||Proof of entry conditions in the country of your final destination (living conditions and accommodations in transit, continuation ticket, and visa for the destination country)|
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