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, 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.

If I am wanting to visit Paris while on holiday/vacation in the UK and only wish to visit Paris/France for less than 30 days do I need a Visa?

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)ChileMacaoSt Christopher & Nevis
AndorraCosta RicaMalaysiaSan Marino
Antigua et BarbudaCroatiaMauritiusSerbia (1)
ArgentinaEEA NationalMexicoSeychelles
AustraliaEl SalvadorMonacoSingapour
BahamasGuatemalaMontenegro (1)South Korea
BarbadosHondurasNew ZealandSwitzerland
BermudaMacedonia Fyrom (1)Hong-Kong (blue passport only)Taiwan (2)
Bosnia Herzegovina (1)IsraelNicaraguaUnited States of America

(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.