Definitive guide

Travel Documents for Paris

Depending on your nationality, there are different requirements, documents, and papers needed to travel to Paris, France.

France ranks quite high in terms of mobility, meaning there are many nationalities that will not need a visa to enter France. Nevertheless, here is the list of requirements, documents, and papers needed in various cases. Keep in mind that the length of your stay, even if you can travel visa-free, is subject to limitations.

Travel documents for Paris
For a holiday overseas, it’s always good to have a passport valid for at least another six months.

And once you figure out what you need to travel, you’ll need to book your accommodation. We suggest you do that as soon as possible, to avoid any last-minute panic or difficulty in finding a place to stay.

EU/EEA/Schengen Area nationals

Nationals of these areas can travel to France without a visa. The only documentation needed is a valid ID or passport, depending on the country.

Countries included in the Schengen Area are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

EU member countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

EEA countries include all EU countries, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

Other visa-free countries

Other countries outside the EU/EEA/Schengen Area allow for citizens to travel visa-free to France. They are as follows.

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Seychelles, Vatican City, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

For citizens of any of these countries, travel to France is permitted visa-free, as long as your stay is under 90 days, and your passport is valid for another six months from the beginning of your stay.

Countries requiring visa

Citizens of all other countries not previously mentioned might need a visa and/or additional documentation.

The easiest way to know what documentation you need is to check with the tool available French government’s website .

Once you know which documents you need to travel, we suggest you find and book your accommodation immediately. Paris is a pretty popular destination, and if you start looking for a hotel late you might not find good deals or - in the worst cases - not find one at all.

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Travel Documents for Paris