Visa and Passport

On arrival you must show a valid passport or other official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality. 

Changes to conditions for visa-free travel from 2023

From May 2023, non-EU nationals who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, will need to request prior authorisation to visit Schengen countries. This authorisation is not the same as a visa. You can apply for authorisation via the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). You can only apply online. The exact date on which these changes will come into force is not yet clear. You can find more information on the website of the European Commission.

Do I need a visa to visit France?

France is part of the Schengen area, and for some nationals a Schengen visa is required to visit. Please find further information on the following website: The whole Schengen area.

For full details about visa application procedures, visit your nearest French Embassy or Consulate or their respective websites. If you will visit several countries, you usually have to apply for the visa in the country where you will stay longest.

Do I need a visa to visit England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland?

On arrival you must show a valid passport or other official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality.

If you are not a citizen of an EU /EEA country you may need a Visitors Visa before travel to the UK. If you are staying less than 6 months and have a US, Canadian or Australian passport you do not require a visa. There are some exceptions however for example if you have been refused entry to the UK previously or if you have a criminal record. Please find further information on www.gov.uk.

Do I need a visa to visit the Republic of Ireland?

On arrival you must show a valid passport or other official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality.

If you are not a citizen of an EU /EEA country you may need a Visitors Visa before travel to Ireland. USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand visitors do not require a visa to Ireland if not staying longer than 3 months. South African visitors can visit the Republic of Ireland without a visa but for entering Northern Ireland you will require a UK visa. Please find further information on www.inin.gov.ie.

Do I need a visa to visit the Netherlands?

If you are not a citizen of an EU / EEA country you can travel to the Netherlands and other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days without a visa. You will, however, still need to meet certain requirements. For example: A valid passport or travel document issued within the last 10 years. The travel document or passport needs to have at least 3 months of validity after your date of departure. You will need to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses. You will need proof of onward travel or a return ticket. Please find further information on https://consular.mfaservices.nl/schengen-visa

 

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