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Do I need a visa for Paris if I have one for the UK?


This is one of the most popular questions we are asked here at Tourzopia, and after answering this question so many times we decided that it would probably be of use for us to put up a blog post to help answer this question no matter where you are from.

So do I need a Visa?

The UK has not signed an agreement with France (Schengen Agreement), therefore if you hold a Visa for the UK or are a permanent resident or temporary resident in the UK – you might need to still apply for a Visa if you are wanting to travel to Paris while in the UK.

What if I am visiting on holiday for less than 30 days?

Nationals from the countries below do not need a Visa for visiting Paris as long as their visit is for less than 30 days.

Albania (1) Chile Macao St Christopher & Nevis
Andorra Costa Rica Malaysia San Marino
Antigua et Barbuda Croatia Mauritius Serbia (1)
Argentina EEA National Mexico Seychelles
Australia El Salvador Monaco Singapour
Bahamas Guatemala Montenegro (1) South Korea
Barbados Honduras New Zealand Switzerland
Bermuda Macedonia Fyrom (1) Hong-Kong (blue passport only) Taiwan (2)
Bosnia Herzegovina (1) Israel Nicaragua United States of America
Brazil Japan Panama Uruguay
Brunei Liechstenstein Paraguay Vatican
Canada     Venezuela

(1) Only relevant for holders of a biometric passport.

(2) From the 11th of January 2011 Taiwanese nationals are exempted from short stay visas provided that their passport bears their ID card (number usually in page 3 above the date of birth)

If you are wanting to take one of our popular London to Paris Day Tours while in the UK and you are not from one of the above countries then you will need to visit your local French Embassy to discuss the matter with them and to organise the correct paperwork.

It is also important to note that while traveling to France all foreigners within the country are obliged to have valid medical travel insurance.

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