Do I need a visa to go to France (ordinary passport)? [fr]
Being exempted from a visa depends on a foreigner’s nationality and eventually on getting a residency document for France or for a country covered by the Schengen agreements. For short stays, European regulations indicate those countries whose nationals are visa-exempted for entry into the Schengen area.
The short stay is a stay in the Schengen area for a continuous or discontinuous period of 90 days or less per six-month period. This period begins the first day of your arrival in the Schengen area, evidenced by the stamp of the border police affixed in the passport for non-European foreign nationals and not subject to the Schengen visa.
Persons who are not required to have a visa to enter France’s European territory
- Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland;
EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
EEA: The countries of the European Economic Area are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
- Nationals of the following countries, irrespective of the reasons for their stay (attention : you may be requested to show elements to the French immigration officers upon arrival as if you need a short stay visa) : Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.
But a work permit is still required before to go to France. You can get it from a “Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi” (DIRECCTE).
Attention: following nationalities also are short-stay visa exempted, but not for income-earning activities in France.
- Holders of passports from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China) and the Macau Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China). This exemption does not apply to income-earning activities in France;
- Holders of a currently valid residency document for France;
- Holders of a residency document issued by a country applying the Schengen agreements;
- Holders of certain residency documents issued by an EU member country;
- Holders of a “British Nationals Overseas” passport;
- Holders of a biometric passport issued by Montenegro, Serbia or the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Certain nationalities are still required to obtain a short-stay visa in the following cases :
- nationals from Israel: crew members of a ship or plane performing its mission;
- nationals from the United States: journalists on assignment.
Certain nationals from the countries mentioned above need a visa to study, to work (e.g., domestic personnel of private French or foreign employers), to give an artistic performance in France or to carry out a scientific activity.
Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not need any visa to enter France.