Travel and COVID-19
You can find the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting travel to France on the Re-open EU website, the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the French Consulate in London. COVID-19 travel information can change frequently, but you can find out what kind of information you should be looking out for on the front page of this guide.
Entry visa requirements
Not required for short stays.
Long-stay visa for stays of more than 90 days within a 180 day period.
Working fewer than 90 days?
Cultural events do not require a temporary work permit.
You will also need:
• Proof of accommodation
• Sufficient financial means
• Return ticket or finances to purchase one
• Document providing details of your profession and which organisations are expecting you
• Health insurance
Working for more than 90 days?
For stays between 3 and 12 months, a long stay visa: 'passeport talent' (with no additional statement as seen below). It must be validated in the three months following arrival in France.
For stays of more than 12 months, a long stay visa: 'passeport talent - profession artistique et culturelle' (Skilled residence permit – artistic and cultural profession). In the two months following arrival in France, you can apply for a multi-year residence permit, valid for up to 4 years.
Certificate of registration from employer. Employment contract, Cerfa form completed and stamped by employer.
Documents justifying status as an artist and the project in France for the self-employed.
For both – proof of finances for the stay (at least equivalent to 70% of minimum legal wage in France).
(Complete the Visa Wizard for further details).
€99 for a long stay visa.
€225 for a residency card (for stays of more than 12 months)
French Embassy Website
Contact the French Consulate for visa or civil status applications:
21 Cromwell Road
London SW7 2EN
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7073 1200
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF
Planning a tour?
Travelling with instruments and equipment
Access the ISM's comprehensive guide to transporting instruments into the EU and Northern Ireland.
The information provided in this guide is for your reference only and does not constitute legal or immigration advice. The ISM recommends that if you have any doubts about your eligibility to enter any country, you contact a suitably qualified migration expert for each individual country in good time prior to intended arrival.