Customs and visas

Helpful advice for your arrival in and departure from France : customs, the Schengen zone, Atout France.

Here you’ll find helpful advice for your arrival in and departure from France: customs, the Schengen zone and Atout France.

In addition, to help you to prepare your trip, there are details of the French geographical divisions, showing the different regions and “départements”.


Since France joined the EU, customs services are less apparent, in particular in Paris railway stations. However the law must still be complied with.

You may bring in 200 cigarettes (or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars), 2 litres of wine and 1 litre of spirits, 50g of perfume, ¼ litre of eau de toilette. Any quantities beyond the legal limits must be declared spontaneously.

Further information:

  • Tel. : +33 1 72 40 78 50

Schengen Visa

Did you know? 26 countries in Europe have signed the Schengen agreement, which aims to reduce checks at internal borders and to reinforce those outside Europe.

They are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland (not a European Union Member State), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein (not a European Union Member State), Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway (not a European Union Member State), Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Swiss (not a European Union Member State)

Atout France

Atout France (French tourism services abroad) is the centre of information you can contact in your country to discover the best of France !

More info about Atout France

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