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/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
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).
Central African Republic
Democratic republic of Congo
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates