AboutFrench visa

General information for foreign nationals with ordinary passeports

All foreign nationals entering and staying on French territory must be in possession of a valid entry and stay visa, unless you are exempt from this requirement. The information below applies to foreign nationals who hold an ordinary passport.

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Which foreign nationals are exempt from this visa requirement ?

Visa exemption depends on :

  • your nationality
  • possession of a residence permit for France or a Schengen state
  • the duration of your stay
  • where on French territory you intend to stay

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Official documents

All needed documents are available on the www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/ visa related pages.