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How can a foreigner return to France after exiting the Schengen Area?

Verified 08 March 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

If you are a foreigner no European, that you reside in France and wish to travel in a country outside Schengen Area , you must make sure that you have the right documents to return to France.

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You have a residence permit

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

Warning  

to return to the Schengen area, regardless of whether your nationality is subject to a visa or not, you will have to prove that you meet the entry requirements (e.g.: sufficient resources).

You have a temporary residence permit

The temporary residence permit with your valid passport allows you to return.

Warning  

to return to the Schengen area, regardless of whether your nationality is subject to a visa or not, you will have to prove that you meet the entry requirements (e.g.: sufficient resources).

You have a residence card application receipt

You have a 1st request receipt
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Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

You have a renewal receipt

You can return with your residence permit renewal receipt, along with your expired residence permit and valid passport.

Warning  

to return to the Schengen area, regardless of whether your nationality is subject to a visa or not, you will have to prove that you meet the entry requirements (example: sufficient resources).

You have a residence card application certificate

Application certificate
General case
Who shall I contact

Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

Statement of Extension

The certificate of extension of the instruction of a residence permit allows you to return. It must be accompanied by your residence permit or a long-stay visa (except visa "Temporary exemption of residence card") expired and your valid passport.

Warning  

to return to the Schengen area, regardless of whether your nationality is subject to a visa or not, you will have to prove that you meet the entry requirements (example: sufficient resources).

Statement of favourable decision

The certificate of approval of a residence permit application allows you to return. It must be accompanied by your valid passport.

Warning  

to return to the Schengen area, regardless of whether your nationality is subject to a visa or not, you will have to prove that you meet the entry requirements (example: sufficient resources).