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Practical Information on France  before you go
 
   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS WHEN TRAVELING TO FRANCE
 

A valid passport is required of all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals entering France. No visa is needed for American visitors staying less than 90 days, unless you are a student planning to study in France. For longer stays, you must apply for a temporary-stay visa, long-term visa or residence card.

For Visa matters click here.

 

U.S. Customs

Returning U.S. citizens who have been in France more than two days can bring back $400 worth of merchandise duty-free. For those who wish to bring more of France back home with them, a flat rate of 10% duty is levied on the next $1000 worth of purchases (the duty-free limit in gifts is $100). It's a good idea to retain the receipts from your purchases should they be requested by a Customs Inspector upon your return to the United States.

Here's how -- after making a minimum purchase of 175, ask the store for your detaxe papers. Make sure on the paperwork you request that your refund be applied to one of your credit cards (this can be done even if you made the purchase in cash). Fill out the forms before you arrive at the airport for departure. Be sure to have the forms stamped at the clearly indicated airport customs desks. The customs official may ask to see your purchases so it's best to have them in your carry-on bag. Mail the stamped forms at the airport (the store provides an envelope) and the refund process has begun (note - this is only if France is your final point of departure back to the U.S.). For additional information on the VAT refund click here

Important reminder: The VAT can be refunded for goods, but not services

French Customs

For up-to-date and detailed information on and what you may bring to France, from currency rules, medication and entry requirements for pets, to the importation of a variety goods, food products, vehicles or even firearms, contact the
French Embassy
Minors travelling alone must carry authorization for travelling signed by their parents.

No vaccinations are required for entering France.