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In this page: Passport and Visa Requirements | Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs | Health Precautions | Safety Conditions


Passport and Visa Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
French embassies and consulates abroad
For Further Information
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs

Taxation On Persons
800 cigarettes (if bought in the EU) / 200 otherwise
1 kg of tobacco / 250g
10 l of alcohol more than 22% (if bought in the EU) / 1 l otherwise
22 l of alcohol less than 22% / 2 l
90 l of wine / 2 l
110 liters of beer
250 ml
Foreign Currency
No limit.
For residents, when importing, above the equivalent of EUR 1,524.49, the sum must be changed within 3 months.
Obligatory Declaration of Foreign Currency
Above EUR 10,000 or its equivalent.
Local Currency
No limit
Obligatory Declaration of Local Currency
Above EUR 10,000 or its equivalent
How to Refund Consumption Tax
When you go through Customs, present your VAT refund documents. You should ask the shopkeeper for them directly when you make your purchase. For the most up-to-date information, consult the pages of the European Commission Taxation and Customs Union website.
Other Requirements
At the European level, transporting cash in hand baggage on airplanes is subject to regulations. For further information, click here.

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
It is recommended that everyone 16 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travel and present, if necessary, evidence of COVID-19 vaccination at the border. The updated information on all health entry requirements as well as on routine and recommended vaccines for France are provided on the dedicated pages on TravelHealthPro and CDC websites.
While there are no official requirements for vaccination, the following are strongly recommended: tetanus, diphtheria, chickenpox, influenza, measles, rabies, hepatitis A and B and poliomyelitis. When traveling to the departments of Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin and Gironde but also near the cities of Nancy, Grenoble and Faverges, vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis is recommended.
For Further Information
Ministry of Solidarity and Health
Travel Health Advice
The Greek government up-to-date advice on health entry requirements, including routine and recommended vaccines while travelling abroad can be verified at the National Public Health Organization website.

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Safety Conditions

The streets are safe, including at night. Tourists are sometimes targeted by thieves, especially in large cities such as Paris, Marseille and Nice. Keep a close eye on your personal effects in museums, big stores and on public transport.
Terrorist Risk
Since 2016, following the Paris and Nice attacks, the British Foreign Office ranks the terrorism risk in France as 'high'. Nevertheless, police and military presence is particularly noticeable in airports, railway stations, metro stations, outside embassies, schools, government establishments, etc. Identity checks are not infrequent, and safety measures have been increased since the recent attacks.
Local separatist protests are particularly virulent in Corsica.
Risk of Natural Disaster
Not very high. Nevertheless, the country sometimes experiences severe flooding and huge forest fires.
For Further Information
Travel Advisory of the U.S. State Department
Official Global Travel Advisories (Government of Canada)

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