Do you need a visa ?

Great Britain HAS NOT signed the Schengen Agreement. Therefore, even if you hold a permanent or temporary residency permit to reside in the UK, you may still need a visa in order to enter the Schengen zone.

Foreign citizens with valid residency permits in a Schengen country may travel freely in the Schengen space for up to 3 months as long as they hold valid recognised passports and valid residency status.

Nationals who do not need a visa to go to France, should contact the other Shengen countries to ascertain visa requirements.

Nationals from countries who do not need a Schengen visa to go to France as long as the stay does not exceed 3 months
Albania (1) Chile Macao St Christopher & Nevis
Andorra Costa Rica Malaysia San Marino
Antigua et Barbuda Croatia Mauritius Serbia (1)
Argentina EEA National Mexico Seychelles
Australia El Salvador Monaco Singapour
Bahamas Guatemala Montenegro (1) South Korea
Barbados Honduras New Zealand Switzerland
Bermuda Macedonia Fyrom (1) Hong-Kong (blue passport only) Taiwan (2)
Bosnia Herzegovina (1) Israel Nicaragua United States of America
Brazil Japan Panama Uruguay
Brunei Liechstenstein Paraguay Vatican
Canada Venezuela

(1)Only for holders of a biometric passport

(2) From the 11th of January 2011 Taiwanese nationals are exempted from short stay visas provided that their passport bears their ID card (number usually in page 3 above the date of birth)


However, you may be asked, either at the borders of entry or within the Schengen space, 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 medical travel insurance that covers all eventual medical and repatriation costs.


PASSPORTS AND OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY THE BRITISH AUTHORITIES.
Do you need a Schengen visa for a stay that does not exceed 3 months ?
TYPE OF PASSPORT (mention on page 1) mention 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’
without the mention 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’
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 Holder (Geneva 1951) A visa is required if holding a Refugee Passport Holder (Geneva 1951) without a residence permit in the UK.
British Certificate of Identity (brown document)

British Certificate of Travel (black)

are not recognised by the French authorities as a valid travel document. Holders of such documents can therefore not be issued with a visa to France.

As the holder of a British passport, 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.

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

SCHOOL EXEMPTION

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

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 valid 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 travel document
- or a valid ID card

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

publié le 15/04/2014

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