Visa Information

Travelling to France often requires a visa. Please read the page Getting a Visa from the French Foreign Office carefully to determine your situation and the procedure. France is part of the Schengen Area, which includes a number of European countries. In most cases you will apply for a “Schengen short-term visa”, which is valid for all countries in the Schengen Area. However, you must apply for the visa in the country of your main destination.

In many cases however you will not need to apply for a visa. According to this page from the French Foreign Office web site, you are exempt from visa requirement for France’s territory in Europe if you are:

  • A citizen of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland;
  • A national of the following countries, whatever the reason for your stay: Albania*, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, East Timor, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro*, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Serbia*, Seychelles, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vanuatu;*bearers of biometric passports only
  • A national of the following countries: Australia, Brazil, United States, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Venezuela. If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit;
  • A bearer of a passport of the Hong Kong special administrative region (People’s Republic of China) and the Macau special administrative region (People’s Republic of China);