Visa requirements for French nationals are the rules and regulations regarding the paperwork that citizens of France need in order to enter foreign countries. Each sovereign state has its own visa policy for French visitors.
The French passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world, currently ranked joint 6th by the Henley Passport Index. It permits citizens of the French Republic to travel to over 180 countries without applying for a visa in advance.
Prior to embarking on a journey to a foreign country, it is important for nationals of France to check the visa requirements of the state or territory they plan to visit.
Different types of visa may be required for different purposes of visit or length of stay. For example, short-term tourist visas may be available online, while long-term work visas are usually only available from an embassy.
Electronic visas (eVisas) are available to French travelers for many countries. These can be obtained via an online application. Electronic travel authorizations (ETAs) are similar digital systems, but are visa waivers rather than visas. Citizens of France can obtain ETAs to visit a number of destinations.
French nationals must apply for a visa in person at an embassy in order to visit many countries for any reason, including for short-term leisure trips.
Embassy visas are a requirement for French passport holders who want to live, work, or study in the majority of foreign states and territories.
Visas on arrival are available for French citizens visiting around 20 different destinations. These can be obtained by applying at the border of the country or territory, which can involve long waits.
French nationals may travel to over 110 different destinations without any visa requirements, using only their passport to enter the country. They also enjoy the right of freedom of movement, including the right to live and work, in any EU member state visa-free.