European Travel Information and Authorization System

Travel Information for Traveling from the U.S. to France

Starting in 2023, there will be new regulations for traveling to France. Anyone visiting a European country in the Schengen Area, including France, must complete an ETIAS application.

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What Should You Know About France?

The stunning mountains and gorgeous beaches of France are well-known. It is a beautiful country to visit. There are fascinating destinations to visit, including Paris, home of the Eiffel Tower, and the alps of the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. There are few places in the world that can compete with France, especially when looking at natural beauty. With the dazzling coasts of the French Riviera, the meadows of Loire Valley, the snow-covered Alps, and the centuries-old harbor towns of Normandy, France’s scenery is as varied as it is beautiful.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for France due to the high prevalence of COVID-19. Tourists are advised to get fully vaccinate or use an FDA-approved travel vaccine

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Requirements for Traveling to France

To satisfy the ETIAS France standards, you will be required to provide a valid biometric passport. Since 2010, the U.S. government has been issuing biometric passports, so almost all citizens are eligible. Your passport must be valid for the entire length of your stay in France or other ETIAS member countries. In most cases, further paperwork isn’t required. The costs of applying can be paid with a credit or debit card.

You will receive updates at the email address you provide when completing the form. If your passport expires will your ETIAS is still valid, you will need to obtain both a new passport and ETIAS visa. ETIAS cannot be transferred from one passport to another because it is tied to an electronic chip connected to only one passport. The same is true for U.S. citizens seeking dual nationality with France under the ETIAS program. To enter France with the same passport, they must register for a visa.

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Starting in 2023, you will need to complete an ETIAS registration form to visit France. To visit any Schengen country, you must first fill out an online registration form that will be checked using secure databases to detect any potential threats based on your background, previous travel, and/or criminal history.

The United States has two consulates I France. The first is located in Marseille and the second in Strasbourg.

Excluding children under the age of 12, all visitors to France from a ‘risk’ country must follow the COVID-19 guidelines and the Ministry of Health’s travel requirements (see Children and Youth for more information). The French government reviews its list of “risk nations” every seven days. Each country abides by certain rules that are specific to government requirements. If you do not comply, you may be charged with a penalty of 3,000 euros.

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