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Will I need an ETIAS to visit France?

France has had to deal with numerous domestic challenges, some of the most pressing have been confronting terrorism. In November 2015, attacks in Paris claimed 130 lives; this was on the heels of another deadly attack on a satirical newspaper. There have also been instances of migrant activity on an unprecedented scale.
In response to this and other incidents, the European Commission voted in 2016 to initiate a travel system where all activity across Schengen borders would be monitored by government agencies.

The ETIAS visa waiver scheme will be unveiled in 2021 in a major bid to regain secure control of Europe’s borders.

As the country that leads the world in tourism, France welcomes around 83 million visitors per year. To ensure a thorough vetting system and up to date movement information on all travelers within Europe, France has been instrumental in forging ahead with the new security measures.

What this will mean for travelers to France will ultimately depend on their nationality. At the moment there are a group of countries whose citizens are allowed to visit Europe for 90 days out of 180 with no visa or special travel authorization.
With the introduction of ETIAS, this same group of travelers will now have to apply for the travel authorization. Once approved for travel, the same rules will apply, allowing 90 days out of 180 travel within the Schengen zone of Europe.

About France

France is a country located in Europe, bordered by the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, and the North Sea. Sharing maritime borders with the United Kingdom, France has land borders with Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Andorra, and Switzerland.

Metropolitan France has an area of 551,500 sq. km but combined with its overseas territories it has a total area of 643,801 sq. km. The population of Metropolitan France is 64.2 million people, and the total population of France including its overseas territories is 66.3 million people.

France’s overseas territories are French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion. Major other dependencies are French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

The official language is French, and the largest and capital city is Paris. Christianity is a major religion.

France is among the most important nations in the Western world. The largest country in Western Europe, France serves as a gateway between the north and south of Europe. One of the world’s leading industrial powers, France is also Europe’s most important agricultural producer.

With wide plains dominating the north and west of the country, beautiful beaches on the south-east coast, towering mountains in the east and south, and the large forested plateau of the Massif Central occupying the southern interior, France has a truly diverse landscape.

France at a glance

Capital: Paris

Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Languages: French 100%

Area: 547,030 KM2

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Population: 64,768,389

Calling Code: +33

Travel in France

More than half of France’s territory is covered by countryside or farmland while 25% is covered by forest. The land provides habitats for a wide variety of animals and plants.

The Mediterranean coastline is well known as a resting point for migrating African birds; these include bee-eaters, egrets, flamingos, and vultures.
The woodlands of the Pyrenees and the Alps provide homes for alpine hares, brown bears, ibex and rare chamois antelope, whilst the low lying forests are home to deer and wild boar.

The most popular tourist sites in France include

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Château de Versailles
  • Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle
  • Pont du Gard
  • Mont Saint-Michel

The most popular theme park in Europe is Disneyland Paris.

The French Riviera is the second most visited region in France after Paris, it has 115 km of beaches and coastline and enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year.
Renowned as one of the finest in the world, French cuisine is also recognized as being part of the attractiveness of France and a key element towards the quality of life in France.

France has a highly regarded wine and champagne making tradition and is also a major producer of rum and beer.

The US and France

Historically, France and the U.S. enjoy a good relationship and share common values. 520,000 Americans are employed by French multinational companies, and 750,000 French are employed by American multinational companies. The two countries share a close economic relationship

The U.S. and France both belong to the following organizations

  • The United Nations
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • G-20
  • G-7
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization

France is also an observer to the Organization of American States.

Travel to France from America and the rest of the world is fairly straightforward, with many flights, trains, buses, and ferries. The fastest non-stop flight to France from the U.S. is almost 9 hours in duration. Once visitors arrive in France, the rest of the capital cities of Europe are all within close proximity.

The U.S.A. is a country whose citizens do not need to have a visa for entry to Europe. With the introduction of the ETIAS scheme in 2021, they will need to have an ETIAS electronically attached to their passport prior to departure for Europe.

List of US diplomatic offices in France

The Embassy of USA in Paris, France

Address: 2 avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris France
Phone: (33) 1 42 66 97 83
Fax: [33] 1 42669783
Facts: Jamie D. McCourt – Ambassador

Consulate of USA in Bordeaux, France

Address: 89 Quai des Chartrons 33300 Bordeaux
Phone: (33) 1 43 12 48 65
Fax: (33 ) 5 56 51 61 97
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of USA in Lyon, France

Address: 1, quai Jules Courmont, 69002 Lyon
Phone: (33) 1 43 12 48 60
Fax: (33) 4 72 41 71 81
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of USA in Marseille, France

Address: Place Varian Fry 13006 Marseille
Phone: +(33) 1 43 12 48 85
Fax: (33) 4 91 55 56 95

The Embassy of France in Washington, USA 

Address: 4101 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, D.C. – 20007
Phone: + 1 (202) 944 6000
Facts: Gérard Araud – Ambassador

Consulate of France in New York, USA

Address: 934 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 606-3600
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of France in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 10390 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 410 Los Angeles, CA 90025 – USA
Phone: (310) 625-9713
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of France in Miami, USA

Address: 2445 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL, 33022-2480
Phone: (954) 925.1100
Fax: (954) 925.1101
Email: [email protected]

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