AMERICAN CITIZENS VISITING FRANCE
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every American citizen for short-stay period in France starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter France. All tourists entering French territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Austrian authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted. All the French overseas territories (French Guiana, French West Indies and Reunion) follows the same visa regulations of the motherland.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of United States of America who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every American citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
French custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into French territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), tobacco (1Kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% volume (10L), alcoholic beverages under 22% volume (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (250g)
- Alcohol: Spirits (1L), wine (4L), beer (16L)
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering France with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Minors up to 17 years of age shall be included in parent's passport.
List of American diplomatic offices in France
Consulate of United States in Toulouse, France
Consulate General of United States in Strasbourg, France
Address: 15, Avenue d'Alsace, 67082 Strasbourg, France
Phone: (33) 3 88 35 31 04
Fax: (33) 3 88 24 06 95
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 to 13:00 14:00 to 17:00
Consulate of United States in Rennes, France
Consular Agency of United States in Nice, France
Consulate General of United States in Marseille, France
Address: Place Varian Fry, 13006 Marseille, France
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 to 12:00 14:00 to 17:00
Consulate of United States in Lyon, France
Consulate of United States in Bordeaux, France
U.S. Embassy in Paris, France
Address: 2 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris, France
Phone:  (1)43122222
Fax:  (1)42669783
Office Hours: Open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
List of French diplomatic offices in United States of America
Consulate General of France in San Francisco, United States
Consulate General of France in New York, United States
Consulate General of France in Miami, United States
Address: Espirito Santo Plaza - suite 1050, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
Phone:  (305) 403 41 50
Fax:  (305) 403 41 51
Office Hours: The French Consulate in Miami is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am. until 12.30 pm.
Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, United States
Consulate General of France in New Orleans, United States
Address: 1340 Poydras street, suite 1710, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone:  (504) 569 28 70
Fax:  (504) 569 28 71
Consulate General of France in Houston, United States
Address: 777 Post Oak boulevard, suite 600, Houston, TX 77056
Phone:  (713) 57 22 799
Fax:  (713) 57 22 911
Consulate General of France in Chicago, United States
Address: 205 North Michigan avenue, Michigan Plaza - suite 3700, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone:  (312) 327 5200
Fax:  (312) 327 5201
Office Hours: Consular services (except the visa section) are open to the public : - every morning, without appointment 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Friday only , - every afternoon, by appointment only.
Consulate General of France in Boston, United States
Consulate General of France in Atlanta, United States
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Languages: French 100% (with regional dialects and sub-languages)
Area: 547,030 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +33