A view of Paris

Coming to France

Make sure to find out the relevant information to make your arrival and stay in France as easy as possible. If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, as a general rule, a visa is required for entry and must be obtained in your country of residence before your departure. However, France is simplifying the issuance of "circulation" visas to "foreign talents": business men, university professors, scientists and artists.

Regulatory documents required to enter France

As a general rule, a visa is required, unless you are exempt, and should be applied for in your country of residence before your departure. You must therefore make an appointment with the French Consulate in your country to obtain a visa. Warning: your passport must be valid for a sufficient period. Please note: once you have entered France, you cannot make any modifications to your visa. All information can be found on France Diplomatie website.

Formalities for international students coming to study in France

In order to come and study in France, students from countries outside of the EU must obtain a student visa and be in possession of a passport. For those students from EU member countries, an identity card is sufficient. Each year, the enrolment period for international students is between 1st December and 31st January. If you plan on enrolling on a course, find out more information from the cultural service of the French embassy in your country and from Centres pour les études en France (Centres for Studies in France, or CEF): the conditions of admission are different depending on your nationality, your country of residence and the nature of your studies. Read more on Campus France website.

Customs formalities: how can you prepare for your arrival in France?

What can you do to make passing through customs, obtaining a tax refund, and entering France in your own vehicle easier? What kind of duty relief can you benefit from? To help you prepare for your stay in France, below are some answers to some important questions. To avoid violations, customs informs you that certain goods such as counterfeit goods are prohibited, that others must be declared, and that others are to be avoided all together… Read more on French Customs website.