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The following information is provided only for the convenience of participants to ETOPIM12. You are advised to check for the rules that apply to your case and to not trust absolutely what is written below; it reflects but our best knowledge.

France has very relaxed entry requirements for visitors from certain countries, and more complicated and stringent ones for other nationalities.

U.S. and Canadian citizens planning to travel to France for short visits of 90 days or less do not need visas to enter France. A valid passport is sufficient. Exceptions exist for:

  • Journalists traveling to France on assignment
  • Crew Members on short-term assignment (film crews, etc.)
  • Individuals holding diplomatic or official passports

If you belong to one of the above categories, you need to submit a short-stay visa application to the embassy or consulate closest to you. U.S. citizens can consult the French Embassy in the United States for more details.

Since France is one of the European countries belonging to the Schengen territory, U.S. and Canadian passport holders may transit into France through any of the Schengen countries without a visa or passport (please note that the United Kingdom is NOT on the list; you will need to pass through immigration inspections at the UK border, showing your valid passport).

European Union passport holders are not required to hold visas to enter France.

All nationalities: You can find visa information corresponding to your situation and country of origin on this page at the French consular website.

If you need an invitation letter to attend the conference and apply for a visa, please advise us via the contact page sufficiently early, e.g., at the time your paper is accepted. Do not hesitate to specify the items explicitly required on the invitation letter.

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