Before even thinking of packing your bags, make sure you are aware of all the administrative procedures and visa requirements necessary for your stay in France. These procedures may take a while depending on the country, thus we advise you to begin them well in advance.
European Union nationals do not need a visa to come to France. A simple identity card will suffice. For nationals of countries outside the E.U., a valid passport is required.
The Schengen space establishes the principle of the free circulation of persons: every individual (as a national of the E.U. or outside country), once s/he has entered one of the member countries, can freely cross the borders of the other countries. For internal travel, s/he has no need to carry a passport and, for example, flights between Schengen countries are treated as domestic flights.
Therefore, if you have a visa for one of the Schengen countries, you can easily enter France.
Currently, the Schengen space includes 16 countries: Portugal, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
In every case, double check to verify whether of not you require a visa and make sure you know the correct procedures to obtain one. Contact a French embassy or consular service in your country. If you can't find your country in our list of, please direct your search to the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
There you will be able to find out whether or not a visa is required depending on your country of residence and your nationality.
Children less than 18 years of age are required to carry an authorization signed by their parents allowing them to travel by themselves.
Don't forget to confirm your travel plans with your travel agent 72 hours before departure.