I am a British citizen living in the UK and wish to visit France

On 10 April 2019, the Heads of State and Government of the 27 Member States agreed a new extension to the negotiation period provided for by Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which will last until the United Kingdom ratifies the withdrawal agreement, until 31 October 2019 at the latest. The European Council will review the progress made during its meeting in June 2019.

However, from 31 October, no option may be ruled out. It is therefore necessary to prepare for all scenarios: a withdrawal with an agreement ratified by both parties, or withdrawal without an agreement.

What are and will be the requirements to enter France?

Until Brexit Day, travellers wishing to enter France must carry a valid passport. No visa is required.

From the UK withdrawal date, there are two possible scenarios:

Sortie avec accord (Accord + ratification des parlements UK + UE)

In the first scenario, and until 31 December 2020, the conditions will be the same as they are now: travellers wishing to enter France must carry a valid passport or national identity card. No visa will be required.

Sortie sans accord (Pas d'accord ou pas toutes les ratifications)

In the second scenario, the traveller will be required to carry a passport and may be required to obtain a visa, depending on a decision at European level. On 13 November, the European Commission presented a proposal for a regulation exempting British citizens from visa requirements to enter the EU, if the United Kingdom grants a reciprocal exemption for all EU citizens.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Please consult the Brexit portal of the French Government (in French) or send an email to brexit.due-int at diplomatie.gouv.fr

Updated: 25/03/2019