Passports: Citizens of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States need a valid passport to enter France. The passport is valid for a stay of 90 days. All children must have their own passports. For the moment, citizens of the UK need a valid passport to enter France but there is no time limit to how long they can stay. This rule may change, however, as the UK is leaving the European Union.
Allow plenty of time before your trip to apply for a passport; processing normally takes 3 weeks but can take longer during busy periods (especially spring). Keep in mind that if you need a passport in a hurry, you’ll pay a higher processing fee.
Embassies & Consulates: If you have a passport, immigration, legal, or other problem, contact your consulate. Call before you go—they often keep odd hours and observe both French and home-country holidays.
The Embassy of Australia at 4 rue Jean-Rey, 15e (www.france.embassy.gov.au; [tel] 01-40-59-33-00; Métro: Bir Hakeim) is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm except public holidays. The Consular section is open Monday to Friday from 9am to noon and 2 to 4pm.
The Embassy of Canada at 35 ave. Montaigne, 8e (www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france; [tel] 01-44-43-29-00; Métro: Franklin-D-Roosevelt or Alma-Marceau) is open Monday to Friday 9am to noon.
The Embassy of Ireland at 4 rue Rude, 16e (www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/france; [tel] 01-44-17-67-00; Métro: Argentine) is open Monday to Friday 9:30 to 5:30; consular and passport services 9:30am to noon.
The Embassy of New Zealand at 103 rue de Grenelle, 7e (www.nzembassy.com/france; [tel] 01-45-01-43-43; Métro: Solferino) is open Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.
The Embassy of the United Kingdom at 35 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, 8e (www.gov.uk/government/world/france; [tel] 01-44-51-31-00; Métro: Concorde or Madeleine) is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 1pm and 2:30 to 5pm.
The Embassy of the United States, 2 ave. Gabriel, 8e (http://fr.usembassy.gov; [tel] 01-43-12-22-22; Métro: Concorde) is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Appointment required for passport and other services; you can schedule online on the website.
Visas: E.U. nationals don’t need a visa to enter France. Nor do U.S., Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, or South African citizens for trips of up to 3 months. If non–E.U. citizens wish to stay longer than 3 months, they must apply to a French embassy or consulate for a long-term visa.
Customs: What you can bring into France: Citizens of E.U. countries can bring in any amount of goods as long as the goods are intended for their personal use and not for resale. Non–E.U. citizens are entitled to 200 cigarettes, 100 small cigars, 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco duty-free. You can also bring in 4 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22% alcohol and 1 liter of spirits more than 22% alcohol.
What You Can take out of France:
Australian Citizens: The Australian Customs Service (www.customs.gov.au; [tel] 131-881 in Australia, or 612/9313-3010 from abroad) has complete customs information on its website under “Individuals and Travellers.” The duty-free allowance in Australia is A$900 or, for those 17 or younger, A$450. Those over 18 can bring home up to 2.25 liters of alcoholic beverages.
Canadian Citizens: For a clear summary of Canadian rules, visit the website of the Canada Border Services Agency (www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca; [tel] 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500 from abroad). Canada allows its citizens a C$800 exemption. You can also bring back up to 1.5 liters of wine, 1.14 liters of other alcoholic beverage, or up to 8.5 liters of beer.
New Zealand Citizens: The answers to most questions regarding customs can be found on the website of the New Zealand Customs Service under “Customs charges, duties and allowances” (www.customs.govt.nz; [tel] 0800/4-CUSTOMS, 0800/428-786, or 649/927-8036 from outside New Zealand). The duty-free allowance for New Zealand is NZ$700. You are allowed to bring back 4.5 liters of wine or beer, and not more than 1.25 liters of spirits.
U.K. Citizens: When returning to the U.K. from an E.U. country such as France, you can bring in an unlimited amount of most goods. There is no limit on what you can bring back from an E.U. country, as long as the items are for personal use (this includes gifts) and you have already paid the duty and tax. For information, contact HM Revenue Customs (www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods; [tel] 44/300-200-3700).
U.S. Citizens: For specifics on what you can bring back and the corresponding fees, click on “Know Before You Visit” at www.cbp.gov. Or, contact the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP; [tel] 877/227-5511 in the U.S. or 202/325-8000 from outside the U.S.). Returning U.S. citizens who have been away for 48 hours or more are allowed to bring back, once every 30 days, $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. Included in your allowance is 1 duty-free liter of alcoholic beverage; after that, it depends what state you live in, so check with your state customs office for amounts.
Medical Requirements: Unless you are arriving from an area of the world known to be suffering from an epidemic, especially cholera or yellow fever, inoculations or vaccinations are not required for entry in France.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.