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February 7, 2024

Welcome

All of us at are excited to welcome you – whether you are visiting to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Liberation of France during World War II, to cheer for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes during the 2024 Summer Games, or just for a getaway.  Our top priority is to ensure that U.S. citizens in France have a safe and enjoyable time.  Check this page regularly for updates, including the latest tips and guidance for U.S. citizens visiting France.

 

 

Traveling to France? Check out these tips!

Before Your Travel

  1. Check your passport validity! Your passport must have at least 3 months’ validity remaining – otherwise, you will not be able to enter.
    Note: The Government of France does not recognize the 12-page U.S. emergency passport, issued by U.S. embassies and consulates overseas, as a valid travel document for visa-free entry into France.
  2. Review the Country Information Sheet for France for the latest security, entry, and exit information.
  3. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that we can contact you in case of emergency.
  4. Tell your bank/credit card company when and where you plan to travel overseas.
  5. Consider purchasing travel insurance.

One more thing:  If you reported your passport lost or stolen (it happens to the best of us), please remember:  if you find your passport after reporting the loss, it is no longer valid for travel! You will be refused entry into France. 

After You Arrive

  1. Always maintain awareness your surroundings…and beware of pickpockets and other scam artists!
  2. Carry a copy of your passport biopage when you go out, and secure the original in a safe place.
  3. Never leave your valuables (wallet, bag, phone, etc.) unattended.
  4. Write down emergency info, including the name, address, and phone number of your hotel as well as the U.S. Embassy’s contact info, just in case!
  5. Transportation authorities periodically check for fare avoiders, so keep your used bus/rail/metro tickets with you until your journey is complete.
  6. Demonstrations occur frequently in France and can be unpredictable. Avoid areas of protests and demonstrations.

Review our Traveler’s Checklist for more tips!

Check out the Paris Transit Authority’s recommendations for safe and worry-free travel and accessible bus, rail, tram, and RER lines.

Liberation 80 Events

80th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy American Cemetery. 

2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Visit the Paris 2024 website for information about venues, tickets, and more.  Purchase tickets only from official providers.  Tickets purchased through unofficial or third-party vendors may not be valid.  The U.S. Embassy does not sell tickets!

For our travel tips and safety and security information for U.S. citizens, check out our Travel to France page.

Use this interactive map to plan your route to Olympic and Paralympic venues in Paris. For information about getting around France during the Games, visit Paris 2024’s Practical Information for Games Ticket Holders.

Download our pocket guide below with important contact information.

consular contact card for olympic and paralympic games in paris in 2024

 

French at Your Fingertips

Check out these key phrases in French and English to help you during your stay in France.

We recommend you save these to your smartphone so you can easily access these phrases if you experience an emergency during your trip.

Key phrases in French