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.
Do you have to go through Immigration at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport ?
ENTERING OR LEAVING FRANCE & SCHENGEN AREA TO/FROM NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
You must clear passport control at Paris-CDG.
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
When travelling between countries that adhere to the Schengen Agreement there is no passport control at Paris-CDG.
TRAVELLING WITHIN NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
When travelling between countries that do not adhere to the Schengen Agreement there is no passport control at Paris-CDG.
If you need to leave the transit area to pick up baggage and check-in, you must clear immigration.
Schengen area countries :
Entry requirements, Visa
French Border Police officer will ask to see your passport or travel document and any supporting documentation necessary for your visit,
you may be asked, either at the border of entry or within the Schengen area, to produce proofs of financial means of support, hotel bookings
or your return ticket to your country of residence.
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 and on the rules in the country you wish to travel to.
Citizens from certain countries coming to the EU for a short stay may benefit from special visa rules or fast track procedures, or may not need a visa at all.
CITIZENS FROM THE EU, EEA, SWITZERLAND AND COUNTRIES LISTED BELOW are not subject TO ENTRY VISA REQUIREMENTS.
List of countries whose nationals are exempted from a Schengen visa :
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina (1)
EEA countries (2)
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
Hong Kong s.a.r. (Blue passport only)
Macao s.a.r. (Blue passport only)
St Kitts and Nevis
United States of America
(1) Only for holders of a biometric passport.
(2) The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises 30 countries : 27 member states of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,
Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom),
plus 3 member states of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
(3) Taiwanese nationals are exempted from short-stay visas, provided that their passport bears their ID card number.
NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES NOT LISTED ABOVE will need TO OBTAIN A VISA.
It must be applied for from the relevant French embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence.
Fast lane & E-gates
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, 2A, 2C and 2E, 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!
To use the PARAFE system, registration on a national database is required beforehand.
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”.
• Terminal 1 : Departures level (Exit 24).
• Terminal 2 E : Departures level (Exit 10).