Customs and visas for Canadians

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Customs and visas for Canadians 75 Paris fr


Canadians must present a passport to visit France, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your return. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.

Customs officials may ask you to show them tickets for a return trip or connecting flight.


Every foreign national wishing to come to France must be able to present documentary evidence regarding the purpose of their stay, their financial means of support and conditions of accommodation to immigration upon arrival in the country.

For Canadian citizens, visa requirements for traveling to France will depend on the duration of your stay and the reasons for your trip.

However, for short stays of less than 90 days (in any period of six months) in France or other countries in the Schengen Area, Canadian nationals are exempt from visa requirements.

France’s territory in Europe is part of the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area also comprises the territory of other European Union and associated states : Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Your stays are cumulative, and include visits to any country within the Schengen Area, and it is very important to get your passport stamped when entering the Area to avoid any potential difficulties with local authorities.

For long stays (over 90 days in France), only nationals of the following countries are exempt from entry and long-stay visa requirements: Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland.



Upon arrival in France at a land border, railway station, port or airport, there are two separate passages through customs depending on the nature and the quantity of your goods: the "green" lane and the "red" lane.

In the first case, you have nothing to declare. In the second, according to one or several standards discussed below, you are under obligation to declare your goods.

Upon both arrival and departure from France, you must declare the money, titles and/or assets that you're carrying with you. This report is intended for the Customs Administration, which conducts inspections in a campaign against money laundering and drug trafficking.

Note: You may be checked throughout the national territory.

Sources: Assistance to Canadians Abroad, Diplomacy France

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