Conditions for entry into France

Conditions for entry into France


For holders of Canadian passports, requirements are as such:
- Passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the end of your trip
- The passport-holder must have a round trip ticket

These conditions apply to stays of 90 days or less.

For specific conditions, please contact a French consulate directly.


In the following cases, holders of Canadian passports will have to obtain a visa :

- Metropolitan France: For visits longer than 90 days, studies, internships or professional reasons, there are different types of visas available. For detailed information contact the French consulate nearest you. Locations and contact information are available on the site of the French Embassy in Canada. (

- Overseas Departments (DOM) (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana and Réunion) : Visas are required for stays longer than 90 days.

- In other French territories, such as New Caledonia or Polynesia : Visas are required for stays longer than 30 days.

To apply for a visa, please contact the appropriate consulate for your province of residence :
- Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Prince Edward Island: Consulate of Montreal (
- Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan: Consulate of Toronto (
- Britsh Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories and the Yukon: Consulate of Vancouver (

Traveling with a minor

- Check with the airline you are using for specific guidelines.
- Parents are encouraged to provide written authorization for their children to travel, providing the name of the children, the parents, the dates of travel and destination(s). If the child is traveling with only one parent, authorization should be provided by the other or the parent holding primary custody.

-The government of Canada now provides interactive parental consent forms that can be filled out to generate a letter. For more information:


Metropolitan France and the Overseas Departments have no vaccination requirements for visitors, with the exception of Guyana (which requires a vaccination against yellow fever.)

Traveling with an animal

The European Union has recently adopted new measures for the importation of pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) into the EU member states.

In order to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets into France, travelers must abide by the following conditions:

- Every animal must be identified by a microchip
(standard ISO 11784 or annex A ISO standard 11785) or a tatoo. In case of identification with a tattoo, the tattoo must be clearly readable and applied before July 2011.

- Every animal must have a valid rabies vaccination, even if less than 3 months old. If it is the first rabies vaccination for the pet, you must wait 21 days between the last shot of the vaccination protocol and departure.

- No blood test is required for animals coming from Canada.

Source: French Embassy in Canada