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Documents & formalities

All the useful information to ensure you meet regulations when travelling

Passeport et bagages

ID documents

You can't leave without them! Passport, visas and identity cards, even for children: forgetting them means saying goodbye to your trip. With heightened security measures in place due to Operation Vigipirate, domestic flights are also subject to strict checks for everyone’s safety. Before your departure, check which formalities you will need to take care of with your travel agency, tour operator or airline.

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French nationals

  • To travel within France, you will need to present a French national identity card, a passport, or a driver's license. If you are travelling to a French overseas territory via a foreign country, you will be required to show a passport.
  • To travel within the European Union and the Schengen Area, you will need to present a French national identity card or passport. Remember: a minor travelling without his or her parents must also have a permit to leave the country, signed by one of his or her parents.
  • For other destinations, you will need to present your passport. For some countries, other documents may be requested (e.g. a visa). Find out more in the Travel advice section of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Conditions for entry to and movement within the Schengen Area

  • To travel within France, you will need to present a passport and your residence permit if you have one. Find out about visas if you do not have a residence permit issued by France or a country in the Schengen Area.
  • To travel within the European Union and the Schengen Arean, you will need to present a passport and your residence permit if you have one. Find out about visas if you do not have a residence permit issued by a Schengen country.

  • For other destinations, you will need to present your passport. Some countries request visas or other documents. Find out more in the Travel Advice section of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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See the detailed list of conditions and documents required for travelling around the world.

Advice documents

photo video conseil documents

Other travel documents

guide document visa voyage

Consider whether you will need a visa

Some countries require a visa in addition to your passport.
Find out if this is the case from your travel agency, airline or from the consulate in your destination country.

guide document carnet vaccination

Don't forget your vaccination certificate

For your peace of mind, find out about the health risks in your destination as soon as possible. Click on the links below to find all the necessary advice HERE

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