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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Canadian 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 Canada 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 Canadian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.

Custom Regulations
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)

Currency Restriction
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.

Canada and France
The relationship between France and Canada is strongly based on common language and history, but also on shared social, political and economic views. An agreement, called the Enhanced Cooperation Agenda, was designed to organize and promote measures on the France-Canada bilateral relationship. Through the development of joint action plans, both countries have strengthened their cooperation and have started to work together on issues around peacekeeping, climate change and gender equality.
Canada and France are international allies in organizations like UNSC, G7, G20 and NATO, cooperating in many foreign policy subjects. They also share visions on international relations concerned with the promotion of democracy, international security, and human rights.
Academic relations are also a top priority in the bilateral agreement between France and Canada. There have been many student exchange programs enacted between French and Canadian universities, and there are several Canadian Studies Centres in France. After an agreement signed in 2015, both French and Canadian citizens between 18 and 35 years old can apply for a 24-month working holiday visa.
Until 2021, Canadians travelling to France for tourism purposes will continue to enjoy their visa-waiver agreement with France and other Schengen Countries. However, after 2021, citizens of Canada will have to obtain an ETIAS prior to visiting Europe. This new EU travel scheme will work similar to Canada’s eTA, requesting information from travellers in order to determine if he/she presents a threat to the security or the health of European citizens.
The ETIAS will be a simple and quick system, requiring about 15-20 minutes to fill out the application. Once the information is submitted, the ETIAS system will cross-check the data with other European and international systems and provide a response within an average of 72 hours.

List of Canadian diplomatic offices in France

Honorary Consulate of Canada in Toulouse, France

Address: 10, Jules-de-Rességuier Street, 31000 Toulouse, FranceCheck on map

Phone: 33 (0)5 61-52-19-06

Fax: 33 (0)5 61-55-40-32


Office Hours: 09:00 - 12:00

Honorary Consulate of Canada in Nice, France

Address: 2 Franklin Place, 06000 Nice, FranceCheck on map

Phone: 33 (0)4 93-92-93-22

Fax: 33 (0)4 93-92-55-51


Office Hours: 09:00 - 12:00

Honorary Consulate of Canada in Lyon, France

Address: 18, Avenue du Marechal de Saxe, 69006 Lyon, FranceCheck on map

Phone: 33 (0)4 72 37 86 67

Fax: 33 (0)4 72 83 53 57


Office Hours: 09:00 - 12:00

Embassy of Canada in Paris, France

Address: 35 Montaigne Avenue, 75008 Paris, FranceCheck on map

Phone: 33 (0)1 44 43 29 00, 33 (0)1 44 43 29 02

Fax: 33 (0)1 44 43 29 86



Office Hours: 09:00 - 17:00

List of French diplomatic offices in Canada

Consulate General of France in Quebec, Canada

Address: 25 rue Saint-Louis, Quebec - (QC) G1R 3Y8Check on map

Phone: [1] (418) 266 25 00

Fax: [1] (418) 266 25 24



Consulate General of France in Montreal, Canada

Address: 1501 Mc Gill College - 10eme etage, Bureau 1000, Montreal (QC) H3A 3M8, Province du QuebecCheck on map

Phone: [1] (514) 878 43 85

Fax: [1] (514) 878 39 81



Honorary Consulate of France in Moncton, Canada

Address: 777 rue Main, Suite 800 - Moncton, Nouveau Brunswick - (NB) E1C 1E9Check on map

Phone: [1] (506) 857 41 91

Fax: [1] (506) 858 81 69



French Embassy in Canada

Address: 42 Promenade Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2C9Check on map

Phone: [1] (613) 789 17 95

Fax: [1] (613) 562 37 35



Office Hours: Monday to Friday, from 9:00AM to 12:30PM.

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About France

Capital: Paris
Languages: French 100% (with regional dialects and sub-languages)
Area: 547,030 KM2
Population: 64,768,389
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +33

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