Passport Issues: France

So there’s been a bit of a buzz lately about what kind of passport you should have and when or if active duty members even always need them… here’s the latest. Keep in mind, this is pretty basic stuff. You are living overseas and you’re traveling around. You can’t expect police and border folks in all the far reaches of your travels to recognize your orders or any other ID you have. Passports are always a good idea.

From an official notification:

“The Foreign Clearance Guide has been changed again to read ” A passport is required to enter France.” This is a change from the previous change last week where it stated a “Tourist passport is required.” Active duty military must now have a passport to conduct leisure travel in France and the UK, they will no longer accept military ID and orders. Tourists passports are not required, but as always are highly recommended.


1. Passport required.
2. Visa not required for stays of less than 90 days in a six (6)-month period. A visa is required for stays of 90 days or more in a six (6)-month period. The 90 days begin when entering any of the following countries, which are parties to the Schengen Agreement: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

a. Anyone intending to stay more than 90 days in France must obtain the appropriate visa issued by one of the French Embassy or Consulates prior to departure for France. This also applies to anyone considering marriage in France.

3. Non-US citizens and dual nationals with non-US passports.

a. Passport and visa requirements may vary for non-US citizens and for dual nationals traveling on non-US passports. Such travelers should check with a French embassy or consulate to determine what credentials they require for entry.

4. Personnel Clearances required for leave travel: None.
5. Requirements to register with the US Embassy: None.”

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