Mandatory Travel Documentation Paris
The documentation you will need to travel to Paris will vary depending on your country of origin. If you are a citizen of the EU, and thanks to the agreement on the free movement of people and goods, the documents you need to travel are the same as those to travel within your country. On the other hand, if you come from a non-EU country, you may be asked to present more than just a passport; this will depend on the country of origin of the tourist.
In any of the cases, the airport security control is the same for all people, regardless of their origin. The difference that you can find at the airport is that if you are a resident of the EU, but with NIE documentation (the DNI for foreigners residing in Spain), the queue to access the control is different, since you must go through the queue of passports.
If you are interested in traveling to Paris, and you need to know what documentation you need to travel, in this article we are going to explain the necessary documentation to travel to Paris. We have divided the section into documentation for EU citizens and for non-residents of the European Union, focusing on residents of Latin America.
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Customs and control at Paris airports
Due to the events of recent years, Paris has increased security measures at airports, as well as in access to museums, points of interest and places with a large crowd of people.
In case of belonging to the EU, the security measures are the same as for all travellers. The basic security measures for hand luggage in a customs control is not to carry soaps, creams, or cosmetic products in bottles that exceed 100ml, that is, each item must be less than 100ml. These items should be in a plastic zip-lock bag, like the ones you can buy to freeze food. This security system is carried out when you arrive at the airport and long queues are usually organized, for this reason, and to avoid missing the flight waiting, it is advisable to be at the airport in advance (especially if you check luggage).
If you come from a Latin American country, from a country that does not belong to the EU, or you have a NIE document, you will have to wait in a different queue to enter the country since the system of movement of people is different. The documents you need are different, so it also affects the system of entry into the country; Don’t worry, they generally only verify your documentation in the immigration area. The baggage security control system at the airport works exactly the same as for an EU citizen.
Necessary Documentation For Spaniards
Spain belongs to the European Union, therefore, with only the DNI, Spanish citizens can travel freely through all the countries that belong to the EU. No passport is necessary since, being a member of the European Union, and belonging to the Schengen agreement, the free movement of people and goods is allowed. In case of traveling with children, you must bring the minor’s valid DNI, in addition to a parental authorization (in case you are not the legal guardian).
If you are a foreign resident in the EU, or have NIE documentation (if you live in Spain), you must carry a valid passport along with your NIE card. Possibly at the airport you will find that, in order to check the documentation queue, you must present your documentation in the foreign queue, a different wait than EU residents with DNI.
Necessary Documentation For Argentines
Argentina enjoys a Tourist Visa Exemption agreement with France, this means that Argentine citizens who have a valid passport do not need a visa to enter France. This agreement is only valid for tourism purposes and for stays that do not exceed 90 days. To prove that the trip is made for tourism reasons, and that it will not exceed the allowed days, it is necessary to have a series of documents at hand that may be requested when landing in France.
The documentation that every Argentine citizen must carry to prove that their trip is for tourism, and that it will have a short duration, is the following:
- Valid passport that does not expire on dates close to the end of the trip. A margin of three months is recommended.
- Proof of accommodation reservation (the one for booking is valid ) or an original of the “ attestation d’accueil ” issued by the municipality of the person hosting the tourist.
- Round trip tickets.
- Proof of economic solvency.
- Proof of medical insurance for a minimum of €30,000.
Documentation Other Countries Of Latin America
Like any resident of a country that does not belong to the Schengen agreement, to travel to Paris it is necessary to carry a valid passport that does not expire in the months close to the end of the trip. It is also important to note that this Visa Waiver agreement is only valid for stays in France for less than 90 days and that it is necessary to prove that the trip is made for tourism purposes. In order for it to be recorded that the trip is for tourism, the same procedure must be carried out as in the case of Argentine residents. You will find this information in the section above: Necessary documentation for Argentine residents.
The Visa Waiver program is only valid for residents from: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Residents of other countries that do not appear on the list must apply for a visa at the embassy of their country. Visa requirements vary from country to country, so we recommend that you check the website of your country’s consulate. It is also important that you carry out the procedures well in advance of the trip, since processing a visa can take several days.