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Welcome certificate

Verified 23 février 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

A foreigner who wishes to come to France for a tourist stay of less than 3 months must present a proof of accommodation. This document is called acceptance certificateis established by the person who will welcome him at his home during the stay in France. The request is made in the town hall. The certificate is issued if the host meets certain conditions. In case of refusal, appeals are possible.

What applies to you ?

Depending on your personal situation, the steps to take may vary.

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The reception certificate is a form completed and signed by a person who commits to housing a foreigner at his home during his stay in France.

It must be validated by the city hall before applying for a visa (or before travelling in case of visa waiver).

The reception certificate is issued if the host fulfils certain conditions. It must be sent to the foreigner before departure.

It shall include the following:

  • Signer Identity
  • Passport number, identity and nationality of the host foreigner (and those of his or her spouse and minor children if they accompany him or her)
  • Intended place of reception and housing characteristics
  • Identity of the person who undertakes insurance coverage (up to €30,000 (minimum) expenses for any care received during the stay in France

It must be validated by the city hall before applying for a visa (or before the trip in case of visa waiver).

It must then be sent to the foreigner before departure. The original can be checked by the police authorities as part of the transits.

General case

The reception certificate shall all foreigner wishing to stay less than 3 months in France, as part of a private or family visit.

European, Andorran or Monegasque

If you are a national European, andoran or monegasque, you are not concerned by the certificate of reception.

Holder of a Schengen movement visa

The holder of Schengen movement visa, valid for a minimum of 1 year for several entries, is exempt from the reception certificate.

Visa holder "residence card to apply for within 2 months of arrival in France"

The holder of visa residence card to be requested within 2 months of arrival shall be exempt from receiving certificates.

Humanitarian

A person who is on a humanitarian stay is exempt from receiving a certificate (subject to certain conditions).

Cultural exchange

The person conducting a cultural exchange is exempt from receiving a certificate (subject to certain conditions).

Medical emergency

A person coming to France for urgent medical reasons is exempt from receiving a certificate (under certain conditions).

Persons coming to France due to the serious illness of a relative are also exempted (under certain conditions).

Funerals

A person who comes to France for a loved one's funeral is exempt from receiving a certificate (subject to certain conditions).

Application Filing

The application must be submitted by the person who wishes to host the foreigner, to the town hall of the intended place of accommodation.

  Please note : in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the application must be submitted to the town hall.

The application is made and signed on site the original form cerfa n°10798,given to the town hall.

You must fill out a form per foreigner received. However, the spouse and minor children of the receiving foreigner are included on the same reception certificate.

Who shall I contact

Parts to supply

If the applicant is French

The applicant shall submit original of the following parts:

  • Identity document (identity card or passport)
  • Proof of ownership, tenancy or occupancy of the dwelling in which he intends to accommodate the visitor(s) (e.g. title to property and notice of property tax or residential tax, or a rental lease with last rent receipts)
  • Recent proof of residence related to the accommodation (water, electricity or telephone bill or rent receipt)
  • Any document justifying its resources (last 3 pay slips, last tax notice) and its commitment to financially support the foreigner if it is failing
  • Any documentation of its capacity to accommodate the foreigner(s) under normal housing conditions (in terms of size, security, safety and comfort of the accommodation)
  • Justification for payment of the fee (€30)
  • If the reception certificate concerns an unaccompanied minor, a certificate on free paper from the holders of parental authority specifying the duration and purpose of the child's stay

Bring the passport number of the visitor(s), which must be entered on the form.

If the applicant is European or Swiss

The applicant shall submit original of the following parts:

  • Identity document (identity card or passport)
  • Proof of ownership, tenancy or occupancy of the dwelling in which he intends to accommodate the visitor(s) (e.g. title to property and notice of property tax or residential tax, or a rental lease with last rent receipts)
  • Recent proof of residence related to the accommodation (water, electricity or telephone bill or rent receipt)
  • Any document justifying its resources (last 3 pay slips, last tax notice) and its commitment to financially support the foreigner if it is failing
  • Any documentation of its capacity to accommodate the foreigner(s) under normal housing conditions (in terms of size, security, safety and comfort of the accommodation)
  • Justification for payment of the fee (€30)
  • If the reception certificate concerns an unaccompanied minor, a certificate on free paper from the holders of parental authority specifying the duration and purpose of the child's stay

Bring the passport number of the visitor(s), which must be entered on the form.

If the applicant is a national of another country

The applicant shall submit original of the following parts:

  • Certificate of identity (residence permit)
  • Proof of ownership, tenancy or occupancy of the dwelling in which he intends to accommodate the visitor(s) (e.g. title to property and notice of property tax or residential tax, or a rental lease with last rent receipts)
  • Recent proof of residence related to the accommodation (water, electricity or telephone bill or rent receipt)
  • Any document justifying its resources (last 3 pay slips, last tax notice) and its commitment to financially support the foreigner if it is failing
  • Any documentation of its capacity to accommodate the foreigner(s) under normal housing conditions (in terms of size, security, safety and comfort of the accommodation)
  • Justification for payment of the fee (€30)
  • If the reception certificate concerns an unaccompanied minor, a certificate on free paper from the holders of parental authority specifying the duration and purpose of the child's stay

Bring the passport number of the visitor(s), which must be entered on the form.

  Please note : some town halls ask, in addition to originals, photocopies. Check with your local town hall before travelling.

The reception certificate costs €30 to be paid by tax stamps.

This fee is due even if the application is refused. She won't be reimbursed.

Online

Tax stamp purchase online - Welcome certificate

Ministry of Finance

Bring a credit card

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • a PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request,
  • or a text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file.

Payment on the purchase site is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office if the business is equipped to edit it.

  Warning : not to buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Validation allows the mayor to verify that the person who signed the certificate is the person who receives it. This also ensures that normal living conditions are met.

In case of a favourable opinion of the mayor, the validated reception certificate is issued to the applicant. He must present himself to the town hall.

The deliverance is not necessarily immediate. An in-depth review of the file or an investigation into the foster home may be necessary. In this case, a deposit receipt is given to the applicant.

The validated (original) reception certificate must be sent by the host to the foreigner he wishes to receive.

If the foreigner needs a visa to come to France, he must attach the reception certificate to his application for short-stay visa.

If he is exempt from visa requirements, he will have to present the reception certificate Schengen external borders.

  FYI : the level of resources required per day of stay in Schengen is €32.50 for a foreigner holding a reception certificate.

Reasons for refusal

The mayor may refuse to validate and therefore issue the certificate in the following cases:

  • the host cannot present the required supporting documents,
  • the foreigner cannot be accommodated under normal housing conditions,
  • the particulars on the certificate are incorrect,
  • the attestations previously requested by the applicant show an abuse of process.

The refusal decision may be:

  • explicit, i.e. written and reasoned
  • or implicit, if the mayor did not respond within 1 month.

Appeal against refusal

Applicant may a hierarchical remedy the prefect, within 2 months of the mayor's refusal.

The Prefect may:

  • validate the acceptance certificate,
  • dismiss the appeal.

The rejection of the appeal may be:

  • explicit written and motivated,
  • or implicit, if the Prefect has not responded within 1 month.
Who shall I contact

In case of prefectural refusal, it is then possible to form a litigation before the administrative tribunal.

In case of loss, the host must reapply for a reception certificate. He will be required to resubmit supporting documents and tax stamps.