Do you need a visa ?




The United Kingdom has not signed the Schengen Agreement. Therefore, even if you hold a permanent or temporary permit to reside in the UK, you may still need a visa to enter the Schengen Area.

The Schengen Area : At the moment there are 25 member states (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).


Foreign nationals who do NOT need a Schengen visa to go to France

- Foreign nationals with a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen country may travel freely in the Schengen Area for up to 3 months as long as they hold a valid recognised passport and a valid residency status.

- Citizens of countries listed in the table below do NOT need a Schengen visa to go to France, as long as their stay does not exceed 3 months.

Albania (1) Canada Macao St Christopher & Nevis
Andorra Chile Macedonia (FYROM) (1) San Marino
Antigua et Barbuda Costa Rica Malaysia Serbia (1)
Argentina Croatia Mauritius Seychelles
Australia EEA countries (2) Mexico Singapore
Bahamas El Salvador Monaco South Korea
Barbados Guatemala Montenegro (1) Switzerland
Bermuda Honduras New Zealand Taiwan (3)
Bosnia Herzegovina (1) Hong-Kong
(blue passport only)
Nicaragua United States of America
Brazil Israel Panama Uruguay
Brunei Japan Paraguay Vatican
Venezuela

(1) Only for holders of a biometric passport.
(2) The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises 30 countries : 27 member states of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), plus 3 member states of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
(3) From 11 January 2011, Taiwanese nationals are exempted from short-stay visas, provided that their passport bears their ID card number (usually printed on page 3 above the date of birth).

However, you may be asked, either at the border of entry or within the Schengen Area, to produce proofs of financial means of support, hotel bookings or your return ticket to your country of residence.

Additionally, all foreigners wishing to travel to France MUST be in possession of a valid travel insurance that covers medical and repatriation costs.

NB : Nationals who do not need a visa to go to France should contact the other Schengen countries they may also plan to visit to ascertain visa requirements.


Holders of passports and other travel documents issued by the British authorities

Check the tables below to see whether you need a Schengen visa for a stay that does not exceed 3 months.

TYPE OF PASSPORT
(printed on page 1)
endorsement printed on page 4 :
- ’Holder is entitled to/has the right
of readmission to the UK’
OR
- ’Holder has the right of abode in the UK’
different endorsement
printed on page 4
OR
page 4 is blank
British Citizen NO NO
British National Overseas (BNO) NO NO
British Dependant Territories Citizen NO YES
British Overseas Citizen NO YES
British Subjects NO YES
British Protected Person NO YES
Refugee Passport
(Geneva 1951)
A visa is required if holding a Refugee Passport (Geneva 1951)
without a residence permit in the UK.
British Certificate of Identity
(brown document)
British Certificate of Travel
(black document)
These are not recognised by the French authorities
as valid travel documents.
Holders of such documents
can therefore not be issued with a French visa.

If your British document exempts you from a visa, you may travel to France up until the expiry date of your travel document. There is no minimum passport validity requirement, but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the proposed period of your stay. Driving licences are NOT accepted as travel documents.

Be advised that all foreigners wishing to travel to France MUST be in possession of a valid travel insurance that covers medical and repatriation costs.


School trips exemption

Pupils / schoolchildren / high school students in general education travelling on a school trip, nationals of countries who would normally require a visa, are exempt from an entry visa into France, if their names are entered on a "List of Travellers" form available from :

The British Council Information Centre
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester M1 6BB
Tel : 0161 957 7755
Fax : 0161 957 7762

And online at this address.

This form is not, however, a travel document in itself : each individual pupil must carry a valid official document establishing identity and bearing a photograph, such as :
- a valid passport,
- a valid ID card.

Further information about the school trips exemption may be obtained from the British Council. Please note that the British Council cannot give general visa advice.


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publié le 25/04/2014

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