Documents required from anyone wishing to enter the French territory or Schengen area.

NB : This is NOT the list of documents required to apply for a visa.
If you are applying for a visa, please refer to the following links to find out the requirements for :

Apart from a valid passport issued less than 10 years ago and valid for at least 90 days after the date of departure from the Schengen area or French territory, with or without a visa depending on the nationality of the bearer, everyone who wishes to enter the French territory or the Schengen area is required to be ready to present the following documents to the Border Police authorities when they enter :

  1. For business trips:
    • an invitation from a firm or an authority to attend meetings, conferences or events connected with trade, industry
      or work;
    • other documents which show the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes;
    • entry tickets for fairs and congresses if attending one;

  2. For journeys undertaken for the purposes of study or other types of training:
    • a certificate of enrolment at a teaching institute for the purposes of attending vocational or theoretical courses in
      the framework of basic and further training;
    • student cards or certificates for the courses attended;

  3. For journeys undertaken for the purposes of tourism or for private reasons:
    • supporting documents as regards lodging: an invitation from the host if staying with one or a supporting document from the establishment providing lodging or any other appropriate document indicating the accommodation envisaged;
    • supporting documents as regards the itinerary: confirmation of the booking of an organised trip or any other appropriate document indicating the envisaged travel plans;
    • supporting documents as regards return: a return or round-trip ticket.

  4. For journeys undertaken for political, scientific, cultural, sports or religious events or other reasons:
    • invitations, entry tickets, enrolments or programmes stating wherever possible the name of the host organisation and the length of stay or any other appropriate document indicating the purpose of the visit.

Non-presentation of the following documents may result in denial of entry into the European territory.

Last modified on 13/10/2017

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