Immigration, Border control Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport

Immigration & Entry requirements at Paris-CDG

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

You should always carry a valid passport or identity card when travelling by air.
Please do not forget to check whether you need other documents, such as a visa.

Travel documents are systematically checked by the Police in the following cases :

Depart to Non-Schengen flights

Arrival from all flights (including Schengen cause COVID-19)

Transfer from Non-Schengen flights to Schengen flights

Transfer from Schengen flights to Non-Schengen flights

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

Border control

French Border Police officer will ask to see your passport or identity card and any supporting documentation necessary for your visit.
Have your boarding pass and travel documents ready open at the photo page and proceed in the appropriate line :

  • EU/EEA + CH passports
  • Other passports
  • eGates
  • Fast lane (by invitation only)

Entry requirements & Visa

Citizens from certain countries entering in France/Schengen area may need a visa, depending on their nationality and on the rules in the country where they wish to travel to.
Please remember that your passport must not expire during your visit to France.

COVID-19 update




Travellers from EU countries will no longer need an international travel certificate and will not be subject to any form of quarantine.

Since July 1, 2020, travellers from the following third countries have been allowed to re-enter the EU :
Australia, Georgia, Japan*, Canada, Montenegro, New Zealand, South Korea*, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China*.
For all other third countries the existing travel restrictions continue to apply to all non-essential travel to the EU.

* Please note that this is subject to confirmation of reciprocity.




List of countries whose nationals need a Schengen visa




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

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




Do you need a visa for connecting flights at Paris-CDG ?




It depends on where you’re flying to and from !

ENTERING FRANCE & SCHENGEN AREA FROM NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
Example : Moscow to Roma via Paris-CDG
Non-EU nationals entering France or travelling to a Schengen country may need a visa, depending on their nationality and on the rules in the country where they wish to travel to (see list of countries above).

TRAVELLING WITHIN NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
Example : London to Delhi via Paris-CDG
Passengers (with no need to check-in or pick-up bags) do not need a visa for connecting flights at Paris-CDG.




How to apply for a Schengen visa ?

A Schengen visa must always be applied at the Embassy of the country of your main destination.
If you do not have a main destination and if you are visiting several countries within the trip, you should apply at the Embassy of the country of your first destination.

ENTRY CONDITIONS TO THE SCHENGEN AREA

  • You must be able to explain why you want to enter the Schengen area and to prove the conditions of your stay.
  • You must be able to show that you have sufficient financial means for the duration of the stay and for your return.
  • You must not be considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health,…
  • You must not have an alert issued in the Schengen Information System for the purposes of refusing entry.

With a Schengen visa you can travel to any or all of the 26 Schengen area countries for the period of validity of your visa.
You do not have to show your passport when crossing borders between countries within the Schengen area.




Which countries are in the Schengen area ?




Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.




What is Schengen ?




The Schengen Agreement (takes its name from the town of Schengen in Luxembourg, where the original agreement was signed) is a treaty which led to the creation of Europe’s Schengen Area.

The Schengen area includes 26 European countries which have decided to remove all internal border controls, which means that travellers can move freely within the area without having to show their passports.




eGates PARAFE

PARAFE ePassport gates are automated self-service barriers.
They are located at immigration checkpoints of terminals 1, 3 & 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G.

Citizens from the European Economic Area (EEA), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino & Switzerland can use the PARAFE gates.
Currently, all PARAFE gates can only be used by citizens aged 18 or over holding valid biometric passports.