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How to return to France after leaving the Schengen area?

Verified 22 octobre 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

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It is essential to find out before traveling.

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If you are a foreigner (unless you are European), that you reside in France and wish to travel in a country outside the Schengen Area , you must ensure that you have the right documents to return to France.

  Warning : to return to the Schengen area, whether or not your nationality is subject to a visa, you will have to show proof that you are fulfilling the input conditions (example: sufficient resources)..

You have a residence permit

You can return to France with your passport (valid) and your residence permit.

You have a receipt

You have a receipt of 1re application for a residence permit, to cross borders, you will have to apply for a consular visa to return to the french consulate of the country in which you are staying.

Who shall I contact

In exceptional cases (humanitarian cases, force majeure, etc.), a prefectural return visa may be granted by your prefecture. You must ask for it before you leave and pay €6 by tax stamps..

The issuing of this visa is left to the discretion of the prefect.

The prefectural visa does not allow you to return only by French border..

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Asylum seeker

You are concerned if you have a provisional residence permit (SPA) or an asylum certificate.

To cross borders, you will need to apply for a consular visa to return to the French consulate of the country in which you are staying.

Who shall I contact

In exceptional cases (humanitarian cases, force majeure, etc.), a prefectural return visa may be granted by your prefecture. You must ask for it before you leave and pay €6 by tax stamps..

The issuing of this visa is left to the discretion of the prefect.

The prefectural visa does not allow you to return only by French border..

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.