Need Visa for France

Old Jul 28th, 2002, 05:16 AM
  #1  
Lori
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Need Visa for France

I'm a Canadian citizen taking a day trip from London to Paris on the Eurostar in August. Do I need a visa or is my passport sufficient? In researching so far all I can find is that I "may need a visa". I think it's probably too late to get a visa now so I'll change my plans if I have to. I was going to buy my Eurostar ticket before I leave. Is it cheaper to buy it when I arrive in London?
 
Old Jul 28th, 2002, 06:04 AM
  #2  
Amy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
According to the France DK Eyewitness Guide, it says that Canadians who plan to stay in France for under 3 months do NOT need a visa.
 
Old Jul 28th, 2002, 06:17 AM
  #3  
Lori
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thanks, Amy. I didn't think I needed a visa but wanted to be sure before I left.
 
Old Jul 28th, 2002, 06:24 AM
  #4  
JC
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
No.

I am a Canadian and have visited France twice tihs year already,visa is not necessary. In April, arriving Lille from London by Eurostar,nobody even bothered to check anything.
 
Old Jul 28th, 2002, 06:41 AM
  #5  
Lori
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thanks, JC. I was wondering what it would be like going through Customs there. As you know, going to the U.S. now is becoming something of an ordeal. Not complaining under the circumstances but you have to leave so much extra time now for the lineups at the airport.
 
Old Aug 1st, 2002, 07:51 PM
  #6  
Denyse
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Same experience as the earlier poster: arrived at Gare du Nord from Victoria Station, and there wasn't any customs checkperson, or any checks whatsoever. The EU must presume that all of its travelers are compatriots from within the EU!!!
 
Old Aug 1st, 2002, 09:18 PM
  #7  
Florence
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Bonjour

Denise, the reason there is no check between the UK and France, or any other Western European country, is that the first port of entry takes care of all customs procedures for the whole of the EU. This means that you're automatically allowed entry into all EU countries, without further control. This also applies to some extend to Switzerland, due to a bilateral agreement on customs procedure.
 
Old Aug 1st, 2002, 11:14 PM
  #8  
Sjoerd
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Florence, that is only true for customs (your bags), not for immigration / passport control. The UK and Ireland are *not* in the Schengen zone (common immigration zone), so there should be passport control when arriving in France from the UK. However, the French often don't bother.
A Chinese friend of mine had a difficult time getting a Schengen visa, and then when he arrived in France from London nobody bothered to check. I am sure a lot of foreigners who do need a visa know this and don't bother getting one anylonger.
 
Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 02:09 AM
  #9  
ttt
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
ttt
 
Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 03:25 AM
  #10  
kate
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
But whilst the French customs often don't bother with Passport Control, British Customs do. We didn't sign up for the Schengen Agreement specifically because we wanted to maintain our own border controls. It's felt that many economic immigrants make a beeline for the UK, rather than just any EU country, as we're viewed as being fairly soft on immigrants (benefits, housing etc) when you're in, so an open border with France would mean a great influx of immigrants to the UK who've made it to other EU countries.
 
Old Aug 3rd, 2002, 09:51 PM
  #11  
Denyse
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Again, as an American, nobody asked for any passport or immigration information when we arrived on the Eurostar from London to Paris. This was true for everyone on the train, as far as I could discern.

Denyse
 
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
brittanyc
Europe
25
Nov 13th, 2013 08:36 AM
Char_01
Europe
5
Sep 30th, 2011 02:28 PM
Intex
Europe
14
Oct 17th, 2008 05:06 PM
Debra7077
Europe
6
Mar 30th, 2006 05:27 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:52 AM.