AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING FRANCE
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian 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 Australia 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 Australian 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.
Australia and France
France’s First Fleet arrived in Australia in 1788, whereafter the first French settlers began to arrive. These included refugees, officials and convicts and refugees. Many of these became landowners, merchants and wine-makers. Many more arrived during the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, but the 1890s depression resulted in the French population decreasing rapidly.
The assisted passage scheme for French migrants followed World War II, resulting in an 83% increase in French Australians between 1947 and 1954. French and Australia trade developed in the 1970s. Australia has seen much French influence with the establishment in the mid-80s of French media, schools, exchange programs and restaurants.
Australia and France’s bilateral relationship is underpinned by consular and diplomatic engagement since 1842 and cooperation during both World Wars. The countries continue to cooperate as seen in their Joint Statement of Enhanced Strategic Partnership which encourages strengthened engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.
The statement promotes two-way visits and cooperation in defence, security and intelligence, economic, energy and resources, transport and infrastructure, education, science, technology and culture, innovation, shared memory of the First World War, environmental and climate issues, international development, and consular and crisis management. The countries also have the Working Holiday Maker Agreement.
The countries enjoy a dynamic relationship in the fields of arts. France is an important academic, research and exchange agreements partner, seeing 440 agreements between Australian and French universities. Two-way trade in goods and services totals over 8 billion Australian dollars annually with merchandise trade accounting for almost three-quarters of that. Merchandise imports from France are three times more than Australian exports. The services sector and tourism account for almost three billion Australian dollars.
Australian involvement on French soil during both World Wars saw the loss of some 46,000 Australians on WWI’s Western Front which further impacts bilateral relations.
Australia has 110,399 people of French ancestry and 24,675 France-born residents.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in France
Australian Delegation to OECD, France
Address: 4 Rue Jean Rey, Paris 75724 Cedex 15, France
Phone: +33 1 40 59 33 00
Fax: +33 01 4059 3315
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00
Details: Ms Penny Wensley - Ambassador
List of French diplomatic offices in Australia
French Consulate in Melbourne, Australia
Address: 342A St Kilda Road, Victoria 3004
Phone: 03 9690 6075
Office Hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm (without appointment) Monday to Thursday from 2pm to 5pm (appointment only)
Consulate General of France in Sydney, Australia
Embassy of France in Canberra, Australia
Address: 6 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Phone:  (2) 621 601 00
Fax: Chancery:(02) 6216 0127 Cultural Section: (02) 621
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday
- Routine Vaccines
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Languages: French 100% (with regional dialects and sub-languages)
Area: 547,030 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +33