Travelling to France
If you travel to France, check the Smartraveller.gov.au website.
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You can find travel advice for our countries of accreditation here:
English-speaking professionals in France
- English-Speaking Lawyers and Notaries
- Sworn Translators
- Funeral Directors in France
- Medical professionals in France (including Hospitals and specialists)
Driving in France
You may need your signature witnessed and a photo endorsed for a driving licence renewal forms. You can request this service at the Embassy. For more information, visit our Notarial Services page.
The Australian Embassy cannot renew driving licences. Please contact the relevant road authority in Australia for information regarding the necessary forms required to renew driving licences whilst residing overseas. For information on registration and licences, and a list of road authorities in each state, please visit click here.
Voting services may be available for certain state, territory or federal elections. When there is an upcoming election, please check back to our website for further information and updates.
Consular services may be available to Australian citizens while overseas.
Australians requiring advice or assistance from the consular section may make an appointment to visit the Embassy during our opening hours:
09:00 to 12:00 and
14:00 to 16:00
Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
We recommend that Australian citizens wishing to request consular assistance familiarise themselves with the travel advice provided on the smartraveller.gov.au website and consult the Consular Services Charter.
Please note that there is no longer an immigration section at the Embassy in Paris.
For any visas or immigration questions please visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au or telephone +61 2 6196 0196
4 rue Jean Rey, 75724 Paris Cedex 15
Metro Line 6 Station Bir-Hakeim
RER C Station Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 59 33 00
E-mail : Consular.Paris@dfat.gov.au
Visas for travelling or living in France
Tourism and short stays
Please refer to the travel advice provided on the Smartraveller website for information on visa and other entry and exit conditions for France. If you require further information, please contact the French Embassy in Australia or click here.
Bilateral visa waiver agreement
For information regarding Australia’s bilateral visa waiver, please refer to the travel advice provided on the Smartraveller website. If you require further information, please contact the French Embassy in Australia or click here.
For any stay in France exceeding 90 days, you are required to apply in advance for a long-stay visa.
If you are issued with a long-stay visa, upon arrival in France, you may be required to register with the Office Français d’Immigration et d’Intégration (OFII) or, in some cases, to apply to the relevant Prefecture for a residence permit.
If you wish to settle in France, please visit the website of the French Embassy in Australia for further information.
Connecting with Australia
Returning to Australia
If you intend to return to Australia after living abroad, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the relevant information below, including citizenship, visas, customs clearance and bringing pets and possessions back to Australia.
Note: An Australian citizen cannot enter Australia on a foreign passport. (A visa will not be issued to an Australian citizen in their foreign passport). Click here for information regarding Australian Passports.
- Returning to Australia
- Australian Customs Service (bringing goods into Australia)
- Quarantine Regulations (bringing any food, plant material or animal products into Australia)
- Therapeutic Goods Administration (bringing medicine and medical goods into Australia
- Customs/Duty free concessions for Australia
- Brining pets to Australia
Financial and social services in Australia
- Social Services (including retirement, health care and other social services)
- Australian Taxation Office
Personal Information provided to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect, use and disclose your personal information, including to overseas recipients where we reasonably believe it is necessary, to provide you with consular assistance. Important information about the privacy of your personal information is contained in our Privacy Collection Statement, which you should read and understand. Copies of the Statement are available here or by requesting a copy from the Department.