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Going to Paris is a delight for most non-Europeans from different parts of the world who don’t need a visa.

There is nowhere in the world that has inspired art as France does. Chefs go there to cook, painters go to paint, writers go to write, and people go to adventure. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists, with millions of people going there year to experience the metropolitan cities and picturesque countryside.

It is also a country located right in Europe’s heart, and you may feel the beat of the whole continent. Not to mention, it is the world’s food capital, with gastronomical creations capable of making you forget all the meals you ever had.

Visa requirements
An important part of applying for France visa is gathering all the documents required. Depending on the visa interview and these documents, the French authority may decide whether or not you need to get a visa to the country.

Going to Paris is a delight for most non-Europeans from different parts of the world who don’t need a visa to tour the Schengen zone and Europe in general.

By the end of 2022, citizens from any visa waiver country are expected to provide ETIAS before they enter the country. Irrespective of the type of visa you apply for, the requirements for an ETIAS visa waiver for France remain constant. These may include requirements like:

  • Proof of accommodation
  • Visa application fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel itinerary
  • Valid passport
  • Passport-size pictures

Paris in France
Paris is the capital city of France. It is specifically designed for enjoyment for every visitor. Its buildings, monuments, gardens, squares, and streets beckon tourists to go back for a visit, and indeed, most of them do.

Among the most memorable things you may do in the city include going to the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Eiffel Tower. In the evening, you can experience the legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret shows and stroll through most of the picturesque neighbors, such as Montmartre.

It’s always a great time to tour the city. Based on where you’re flying from, you may either take one of the direct flights or make the most out of the low-cost airlines to fly into the city.

Who may travel to France
A fully vaccinated individual over the age of twelve may go to France, irrespective of their color classification. Unvaccinated people from green nations may still tour the country, but they will need to present Covid-19 travel requirements.

If you come from an orange country and are not vaccinated, you will need a compelling reason to tour. Otherwise, French authorities won’t allow you to enter the country.

Safety
France, similar to most countries in Europe, is safe. Because of France’s geopolitical positions, most parts of the country are on alert, and risks remain important. But in general, the country is facing, thanks to counter-terror intervention and police presence.

Though in major cities like Marseille and Paris, risks may include scams, mugging, and petty theft. So it is important to be vigilant. As always, remember to get travel insurance to ensure you’re covered in case of any losses.

Public services and spaces
Face masks are compulsory in every health establishment, including nursing homes, assisted living centers, retirement homes, and hospitals. Currently, the pass Sanitaire is required so as to access places, such as:

  • Clinics
  • Healthcare establishments
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals

Getting organized
Traveling is exciting. But it can also be nerve-wracking and daunting. Throw kids into the mix, and you will have to ensure everyone is well-prepared for the day ahead.

If you require a little help, there are apps which can help organize your check-in info, taxis, and flights on your behalf. As a restless traveler, you can also benefit from those apps.

In order to get connected, it is important to note that the country’s code for dialing is +33. But to dial UK numbers, you will need +44. 

Getting roaming packages from your preferred mobile provider will be a great idea. And apps, such as WhatsApp and Viber, use Wi-Fi to send messages and make calls to family and friends, allowing you to keep the costs to a minimum.

In a nutshell
France is definitely the third largest country in Europe. But for first travelers, it might be hard to get an itinerary that best suits your timeframe, budget, and style. 

This is why it is important to research everything about the visa and Covid-19 requirements to ensure you’re on the right track.


Photo by Chris Karidis on Unsplash

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