French visa for British citizens

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

Visa requirements:

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

France tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding British 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 United Kingdom, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of France nearest your place of residence.

  • London: The Embassy of France in London, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 46 minutes)
  • London: The Consulate General of France in London, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 46 minutes)
  • Edinburgh: The Consulate General of France in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 46 minutes)

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

Tourism Statistics Chart

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

Year Number of visitors (United Kingdom) estimated Change (%)
2008 12,847,498 N/A
2009 11,990,998 -6.67%
2010 12,847,498 7.14%
2011 11,746,284 -8.57%
2012 11,868,641 1.04%
2013 11,868,641 0.00%
2014 7,970,000 -32.85%
2015 12,235,713 53.52%
2016 12,602,784 3.00%
2017 11,990,998 -4.85%
2018 11,990,998 0.00%

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

France & United Kingdom comparison

France's area is approximately 547,557 km2 (211,412 sq mi), while the area of United Kingdom is approximately 241,930 km2 (93,409 sq mi). This means United Kingdom is 2.26 times smaller than France.

As of June 2021, France's population is ~71.8 million people - 12,504,122 fewer people than the population of United Kingdom.

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

France United Kingdom Difference
Population (est 2021) 71,843,781 84,347,903 12.5 million fewer people live in France than United Kingdom
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 267 222 France has 45 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with United Kingdom.
Travel freedom (2021) 143 139 France passport holders can visit 4 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 479 348 French hosts 131 more foreign missions than United Kingdom.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from United Kingdom travel to France in one year?

The number of visitors from United Kingdom visiting France in 2018 was approximately 11,990,998.

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