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

Verified 08 mars 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
General case
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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).