French visa for German citizens

A visa is NOT required for German passport holders visiting France for a short-term stay: Freedom of movement.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For German citizens to enter France for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required Freedom of movement
Evisa France e-visa for German citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival France visa on arrival for German citizens Not Available

France tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding German passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in France.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from France.

If you are looking for France visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Germany, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of France nearest your place of residence.

  • Berlin: The Embassy of France in Berlin, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Aachen: The Consulate of France in Aachen, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Bremen: The Consulate of France in Bremen, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Munich: The Consulate of France in Munich, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Dusseldorf: The Consulate General of France in Dusseldorf, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Stuttgart: The Consulate General of France in Stuttgart, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Frankfurt: The Consulate General of France in Frankfurt, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Saarbrucken: The Consulate General of France in Saarbrucken, Germany (Working hours: Close now)
  • Hamburg: The Consulate General of France in Hamburg, Germany (Working hours: Close now)

France visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest France diplomatic mission offices to Germany for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from Germany traveling to France from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (Germany) estimated Change (%)
2008 8,467,200 N/A
2009 8,467,200 0.00%
2010 8,726,400 3.06%
2011 8,208,000 -5.94%
2012 8,380,800 2.11%
2013 8,294,400 -1.03%
2014 8,640,000 4.17%
2015 8,467,200 -2.00%
2016 8,899,200 5.10%
2017 8,294,400 -6.80%
2018 8,467,200 2.08%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

France & Germany comparison

France's area is approximately 547,557 km2 (211,412 sq mi), while the area of Germany is approximately 348,560 km2 (134,579 sq mi). This means Germany is 57.09% smaller than France.

As of June 2021, France's population is ~71.7 million people - 24,104,714 fewer people than the population of Germany.

We have highlighted France & Germany’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

France Germany Difference
Population (est 2021) 71,725,752 95,830,466 24.1 million fewer people live in France than Germany
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 267 227 France has 40 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with Germany.
Travel freedom (2021) 143 145 France passport holders visit 2 fewer countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 479 593 French hosts 114 fewer foreign missions than Germany.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from Germany travel to France in one year?

The number of visitors from Germany visiting France in 2018 was approximately 8,467,200.

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