AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING FRANCE
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorization will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in France starting from 2020.
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 authorization will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2020.
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 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