Immigration, Entry requirements

Guide to French Border control at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
Make sure you are familiar with the passport control & immigration procedures.


Border control

Do you have to go through Immigration/French Border at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport ?

ENTERING OR LEAVING FRANCE & SCHENGEN AREA TO/FROM NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
Example : New York to Paris (and vice versa)
– You must clear passport control.
There are two queues at passport control : one for European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), British and Swiss nationals, and a second for all other nationalities.

TRAVELLING WITHIN THE SCHENGEN AREA
Example : Barcelona to Paris (and vice versa)
– When travelling between countries that adhere to the Schengen Agreement there is no passport control.

TRAVELLING WITHIN NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
Example : London to Delhi via Paris-CDG (and vice versa)
– When travelling between countries that do not adhere to the Schengen Agreement there is no passport control nor visa needed.
If you need to leave the transit area to pick up baggage and check-in, you must clear immigration, please ensure that you comply with entry & visa requirements.


Schengen area countries :
Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Denmark ; Estonia ; Finland ; France and Monaco ; Germany ; Greece ; Hungary ; Iceland ; Italy ; Latvia ; Liechtenstein ; Lithuania ; Luxembourg ; Malta ; Netherlands ; Norway ; Poland ; Portugal ; Slovakia ; Slovenia ; Spain ; Sweden ; Switzerland.


Fast lane & E-gates

Fast lane

Premium and select non-premium passengers will be issued an access voucher from their airline.
Follow the signs marked ″Accès no.1″ or ″Sky Priority″ at immigration.


PARAFE (E-passport gates)

At terminals 1, 3 and 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G you can use the ″PARAFE″ automatic border control machines.
Simply place your passport’s photo page on the scanner, step into the gate, complete the finger scan and step through the gate !
Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Union and the Swiss Confederation are eligible.
This also applies to persons, of any nationality, who hold a residence permit “European Union citizen family member”.


Entry requirements & Visa

French Border Police officer will ask to see your passport or travel document and any supporting documentation necessary for your visit.
Please remember that your passport must not expire during your visit to France.

If you are planning a short stay of up to three months in any six-month period of time in an EU country (incl. France & Schengen area), you may need a visa, depending on your nationality (see below) and on the rules in the country you wish to travel to.

NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES LISTED BELOW need a visa TO ENTER FRANCE & THE SCHENGEN AREA.

It must be applied for from the relevant French embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence (see details).

A

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan

B

Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burma/Myanmar
Burundi

C

Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Congo
Cote d’Ivoire
Cuba

D

Democratic republic of Congo
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E-F

Ecuador
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Fiji

G-H

Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti

I-J

India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jamaica
Jordan

K-L

Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya

M

Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique

N-O

Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Oman

P-Q

Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian authority
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Qatar

R-S

Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
São Tomé and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sudan
Surinam
Swaziland
Syria

T

Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
The Comoros
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu

U-V-Y-Z

Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe