Who needs a short stay visa for France ?

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France’s territory in Europe is part of the 26 countries of the Schengen Area.

Schengen visa holders may also visit Monaco, Andorra, St Marin, Vatican and Liechtenstein.

  • The following 5 European Union countries are not part of Schengen : Cyprus, Bulgaria, Roumania, UK and Ireland therefore, visas delivered by these 5 countries do not allow to enter the Schengen area.
Visa exemption for a Short stay visas (< 90 days) in France’s territory in Europe applies to



- citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland ;

- holders of a valid residence permit for France ;

- holders of a residence permit issued by a State applying the Schengen Agreements ;

- holders of a long stay visa D issued by another Schengen State;

- holders of certain travel documents issued by an EU Member State ("carte de séjour with the mention "membre de famille UE" or " Résident longue durée CE") ;

- holders of a "British National Overseas" passport or "British Overseas Territories Citizens" passport or "British Protected Persons" passport or British Subjects" passport.

- holders of the special card issued to the staff of foreign embassies and consulates by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Other exemptions by nationality :

Australian citizen



- Australian citizen do not need a visa to enter Schengen territories, New Caledonia or Tahiti on a transit or short stay visit (less than 90 days).

If you intend to work in France, even for less than 90 days, you are nevertheless required to hold a work authorization issued by the local authorities in France.

Other nationalities

The following table clarifies if a visa exemption exists for each nationality

Country
Transit visa Schengen visa
Comments
"Ex", if exempted

"(n)" under condition

AFGHANISTAN
ALBANIA
Ex
Ex (1)
(1) Holders of biometric passports only
ALGERIA
Ex
ANDORRA
Ex
Ex
ANGOLA
Ex
ANTIGUA and BARBUDA
Ex
Ex
ARGENTINA
Ex
Ex
ARMENIA
Ex
AUSTRALIA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
AZERBAIJAN
Ex
BAHAMAS
Ex
Ex
BAHRAIN
Ex
BANGLADESH
BARBADOS
Ex
Ex
BELARUS
Ex
BELIZE
Ex
BENIN
Ex
BHUTAN
Ex
BOLIVIA
Ex
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Ex
Ex (1)
(1) Holders of biometric passports only
BOTSWANA
Ex
BRAZIL
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
BRUNEI
Ex
Ex
BURKINA FASO
Ex
BURUNDI
Ex
CAMBODIA
Ex
CAMEROON
CANADA
Ex
Ex
CAPE VERDE
Ex
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CHAD
CHILE
Ex
Ex
CHINA
Ex
COLOMBIA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
COMOROS
Ex
CONGO BRAZZAVILLE
CONGO
(DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF)
COSTA RICA
Ex
Ex
COTE D’IVOIRE
CROATIA
Ex
Ex
CUBA
DJIBOUTI
Ex
DOMINICA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
Ex
EGYPT
Ex
ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Ex
FIJI
Ex
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Ex
Ex (1)
(1) Holders of biometric passports only
GABON
Ex
GAMBIA
Ex
GEORGIA
Ex
GHANA
GRENADA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
GUATEMALA
Ex
Ex
GUINEA
GUINEA - BISSAU
Ex
GUYANA
Ex
HAITI
HONDURAS
Ex
Ex
HONG KONG (HKSAR)
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
INDIA
INDONESIA
Ex
IRAN
IRAQ
ISRAEL
Ex
Ex
JAMAICA
Ex
JAPAN
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
JORDAN
Ex
KAZAKHSTAN
Ex
KENYA
Ex
KIRIBATI
Ex
KOSOVO
Ex
KUWAIT
Ex
KYRGYZSTAN
Ex
LAOS
Ex
LEBANON
Ex
LESOTHO
Ex
LIBERIA
Ex
LIBYA
Ex
MACAO (MSAR)
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
MADAGASCAR
Ex
MALAWI
Ex
MALAYSIA
Ex
Ex
MALDIVES
Ex
MALI
MARSHALL ISLANDS
Ex
MAURITANIA
MAURITIUS
Ex
Ex
MEXICO
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
MICRONESIA
Ex
MOLDOVA
Ex
MONACO
Ex
Ex
MONGOLIA
Ex
MONTENEGRO
Ex
Ex (1)
(1) Holders of biometric passports only
MOROCCO
Ex
MOZAMBIQUE
Ex
MYANMAR
Ex
NAMIBIA
Ex
NAURU
Ex
NEPAL
Ex
NEW ZEALAND
Ex
Ex
NICARAGUA
Ex
Ex
NIGER
Ex
NIGERIA
NORTH KOREA
Ex
OMAN
Ex
PAKISTAN
PALAU
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
(THE) PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
PANAMA
Ex
Ex
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Ex
PARAGUAY
Ex
Ex
PERU
Ex
PHILIPPINES
QATAR
Ex
RUSSIA
Ex (7)

(7) A transit visa is only required for russian nationals flying from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Turkey, Egypt, Amernia, Azerbaidjan and Georgia
RWANDA
Ex
SALVADOR
Ex
Ex
SAMOA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
SAN MARINO
Ex
Ex
SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE
Ex
SAUDI ARABIA
Ex
SENEGAL
SERBIA
Ex
Ex (1)(8)
(1) Holders of biometric passports only
(8) holders of biometric passport "koodinaciona uprava" residing in Kossovo have to apply for a visa
SEYCHELLES
Ex
Ex
SIERRA LEONE
Ex
SINGAPORE
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
SOLOMON ISLANDS
Ex
SOMALIA
SOUTH AFRICA
Ex
SOUTH KOREA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
SRI LANKA
ST KITTS AND NEVIS
Ex
Ex
ST LUCIA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
(REPUBLIC OF) SUDAN
SOUTH SUDAN
SURINAME
Ex
SWAZILAND
Ex
SYRIA
TAIWAN
Ex
Ex (2)
(2) Passport bearing identity card number
TAJIKISTAN
Ex
TANZANIA
Ex
THAILAND
Ex
TIMOR-LESTE
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
TOGO
TONGA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
TUNISIA
Ex
TURKEY
Ex
TURKMENISTAN
Ex
TUVALU
Ex
UGANDA
Ex
UKRAINE
Ex
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
UNITED STATES
Ex
Ex (3)(4)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
(4) journalists on assignment must apply for a visa
URUGUAY
Ex
Ex
UZBEKISTAN
Ex
VANUATU
Ex
VATICAN CITY STATE
Ex
Ex
VENEZUELA
Ex
Ex (3)
(3) If you are gainfully employed, the exemption only applies if you can produce a work permit
VIETNAM
Ex
YEMEN
Ex
ZAMBIA
Ex
ZIMBABWE
Ex

Dernière modification : 12/03/2016

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