U.S. and Canadian citizens planning to travel to France for short visits of 90 days or less do not need visas to enter France. A valid passport is sufficient. Exceptions exist for:
- Journalists traveling to France on assignment
- Crew Members on short-term assignment (film crews, etc.)
- Individuals holding diplomatic or official passports
If you belong to one of the above categories, you need to submit a short-stay visa application to the embassy or consulate closest to you. U.S. citizens can consult the French Embassy in the United States for more details. Canadian citizens can locate their nearest French consulate here.
Since France is one of the 15 countries belonging to the Schengen territory, U.S. and Canadian passport holders may transit into France through any of the following countries without a visa:
- The Netherlands
Also note that U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need visas to transit from French airports to non-Schengen territory countries. However, be sure to verify the visa requirements for the country you will be heading to from France.
European Union members do not require visas to enter France, and may stay in France without limitation.
All other nationalities: You can find visa information relative to your situation on this French consulate page.