Entry Requirements for American Travelers to France
Passports and visas.
All U.S. and Canadian citizens, including infants, need a valid passport to enter France. Visas are not required for American and Canadian visitors staying in France for up to 90 days. For more information, contact your nearest French Consulate. See a list of local French consulates in the U.S. (External link)
It is mandatory in France to carry some form of identification at all times. If you lose your passport, the nearest U.S. Consulate will issue Americans a limited-validity replacement if travel is imminent, or a full-validity passport if further travel is not within two weeks. When in France, please carry a photocopy of your passport separately from your passport. The copy will facilitate issuance of a replacement ($75 fee for adults, $85 for children). The American Embassy in Paris is at 2, avenue Gabriel, tel. 01 43 12 22 22. The Passport Section is nearby at 4, avenue Gabriel (open 9a.m.-noon, Monday- Friday). There are other Consular Offices in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse that provide assistance to American citizens.
Entering France : Travelers from countries outside the European Union (EU) must declare certain articles when entering France. Duty and import taxes are levied on items not for personal use that individually or collectively exceed 175€ in value. Certain categories of items for personal use (tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, perfumes, coffee and tea, etc.) may be brought in untaxed up to certain authorized amounts. The following are forbidden or subject to strict control: drugs, radioactive materials, firearms, endangered species, plants, ivory and food, meat and dairy products. Carry prescriptions to authenticate any controlled substances. “Monetary instruments” equal to more than 10,000€ (whether brought into or taken out of France) must be declared. When in doubt, consult the French Embassy (External link) , a French Consulate or the French Customs and Excise Service's “ Info Douanes Service (External link) ” in Paris at tel. 08 20 02 44 44 (8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday)
Re-entering the U.S. : Returning U.S. citizens who have been away for 48 hours or more are allowed to bring back, once every 30 days, $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. You're charged a flat rate of duty on the next $1,000 worth of purchases, and any dollar amount beyond that is subject to duty at whatever rates apply. On mailed gifts, the duty-free limit is $200. Have your receipts or purchases handy to expedite the declaration process. Note: If you owe duty, you are required to pay upon your arrival in the United States, using cash, personal check, government or traveler's check, or money order; some locations also accept Visa or MasterCard.
BRINGING YOUR PETS TO FRANCE
Travelers may bring dogs, cats and ferrets into France. Each family is limited to five animals, which must have valid rabies vaccination certificates and be identifiable by a microchip or tattoo. For more information, including details about travel with pet rodents, reptiles, birds or other species, visit www.ambafrance-us.org or contact the French Embassy.
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Passport Validity for France
Entry into France for short-term tourism (90 days) or business requires that your passport be valid for at least three months beyond your intended date of departure from the Schengen Area. If your passport does not meet the Schengen requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. For this reason, we recommend that your passport have at least six months’ validity remaining whenever you travel abroad.
When traveling to France, please note that 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 travel, and, if traveling on this emergency passport, you may be refused boarding and/or entry to France by immigration officials. Read more about French entry/exit requirements here . Important Note: Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area
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France Passport Requirements: Do I Need a Passport to Go to France?
Kate H. Knapp
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Once you’ve decided to visit France, your mind is already in a small café on a cobblestoned street sipping a café au lait—but you need to get a few things in order before the rest of your body can join you.
According to France passport requirements, the expiration date on your passport must exceed your return travel date by at least three months. And, your passport must have at least one blank page for an entry stamp. Upon arrival, you may also be asked to provide an onward or return ticket, as well as evidence of funds to cover the cost of your time in the country.
France Passport Requirements
France passport requirements state that a valid U.S. passport is necessary to enter the country, and it must have one blank page for an entry stamp and three month’s validity beyond the departure date. Check these two things on your passport when you book your ticket to allow for plenty of time for a renewal, if needed. Upon arrival, you may also be asked to show an onward or return ticket and evidence of funds to cover the cost of your stay.
France (along with 25 other European countries) is a party to the Schengen Agreement , and, therefore, requires passports to be valid for at least three months (though six months is recommended) beyond your date of departure. You can travel between the countries within the Schengen area without having to show a passport, but will need to have one when returning home or crossing into another European country not part of the Schengen agreement.
Countries party to the Schengen agreement include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
How to Get a Passport Book for Travel to France
Apply for a passport as soon as international travel is confirmed. The cost will be greater if applying for a passport within two weeks of travel time, because you will need an expedited application. You can learn more about the requirements and documents needed to obtain a U.S. passport here .
What to Do if You Lose Your Passport in France
Take every precaution to keep your passport secure, such as carrying it in a hidden passport holder, keeping it locked in a safe, and emailing copies to yourself or a loved one before traveling.
If you do lose your passport, report the loss immediately to the U.S. Embassy Paris .
Other France Travel Requirements
Visa : No for U.S. citizens, up to 90 days
Vaccinations : No
So, Do I Need a Passport to Visit France?
In summary: Yes. France passport requirements state that you must have a U.S. passport that will remain valid for at least three months after your travel dates and contains at least one blank page for an entry stamp. You must also need to show proof of return or onward travel, along with sufficient funds for your trip.
More Information When Visiting France
The U.S. Department of State provides detailed information, including travel advisories and passport validity requirements, to your destination.
For information on how to apply or renew a passport, visit here .
France Tourism is a great resource for things to do and places to stay, as well as everything you need to know before you go when planning a trip to France.
Protect Your Passport
We recommend investing in a passport cover or wallet to protect your pages from bends, tears and spills. It’s important to keep your passport in good condition for easy inspection.
On travel days, only take your passport out during inspection. Otherwise, keep it stowed away in a dedicated section of your bag (if you keep it in the same place every time, you won’t ever scramble to locate it). Once you arrive at your destination, find a way to stow it securely. In-room safes or safe deposit boxes at the hotel front desk are generally good options, but if neither is available, you’ll need to decide how to keep your passport secure. You might consider keeping it in an under-clothing money belt that you wear, or leaving it in the hotel or vacation rental but locking it in your suitcase with a TSA-approved lock .
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.
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EU nationals : You are not required to show a passport or national ID card when entering France. However, transport providers like airlines, train operators and ferry companies will require you to show your passport or ID card to prove your identity.
Non-EU nationals : To enter France, you must have a valid passport issued within the past ten years and with at least three months left, along with a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of stay.
France is a Schengen country, but beware that EU members such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.
EU nationals : You don't need a visa for France if the stay is less than 90 day. Those who plan to stay longer will need a residence permit. Non-EU nationals : Nationals mentioned in the chart above (Americans, Australians, British and Canadians) can travel to France, and any other Schengen countries, without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events. For other purposes, you need to check with the embassy, high commission or consulate of France in your home country on what type of visa and/or work permit you may need. The complete list of countries and territories whose nationals can visit France and any other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period are as follows: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong*, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Macao*, Malaysia, Marshal Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia*, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan*,Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu* and Venezuela. * Hong Kong and Macao: holders of SAR passports do not need a visa. * Taiwan: holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number do not need a visa. * Serbia: holders of biometric passports do not need a visa, excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate. * Vanuatu: holders of passports issued on or after 25 May 2015 do not need a visa. • Nationals from micro-states within an EU country (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City) also do not need a visa. For nationals from countries not listed here, please contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for France.
For more information about Schengen visas, follow the link to the article A guide to Schengen visas .
ETIAS travel authorisation : From 2024 (possibly not before 2025), all visitors who currently do not need a visa to visit 30 European countries will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorisation. For more information, follow the link to the article Applying for ETIAS .
Types and Cost
Schengen visa €80 for those who are above 12 years old, €40 for children aged six to 12, and free for children below six.
Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kosovo pay €35.
In addition, the visa fee is waived for the following applicants: • School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training. • Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research. • Representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations. • Family members of EU/EEA (European Economic Area) citizens, falling under Directive 2004/38.
Up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen countries, whereas citizens of certain countries are only required a transit visa for some of the Schengen countries. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with a French consulate near you.
Contact the embassy, high commission or consulate.
France is a Schengen country, so the Schengen visa scheme applies.
EU nationals: Will need a residence permit for more than 90 days.
Non-EU nationals: Will need a visa to stay in France for more than 90 days.
Schengen visa applications usually take 15 to 21 calendar days, but sometimes up to 45 days. Be mindful of the national holidays in France as they may affect the processing time. It is recommended to submit applications at least four weeks prior to departure.
Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Entry with pets
When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on whether your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering France with a pet from outside of the EU.
Please check with the consulate directly for the appropriate procedures.
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France belongs to the European Union, specifically its Schengen Zone. If you are from another country within this zone, you can visit Paris using only your passport or I.D.
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American citizens and citizens of the United Kingdom traveling to France for less than 90 days do not need a visa. However, they will need a valid passport for at least six months beyond their stay. Immigration officers may also ask citizens to show enough funds for their stay and a return airline ticket.
Australian citizens visiting France or any other European country in the Schengen Convention (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) for less than 90 days do not require a visa . Passports need to have at least six-month validity from the planned date of return.
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As citizens of the European Union and European Economic Area, you will not need a visa to enter the country.
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Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The following countries do not require a visa for visits lasting less than 90 days , but require a valid passport to enter France.
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Every 30 minutes, Le Petit Train de Montmartre departs for a guided tour of Paris ’s 18th arrondissement. Cars full of passengers taking photos of the passing sights — the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, the Moulin Rouge, the neighborhood’s other famous windmill, Moulin de la Galette — are a sign of tourism’s return to France.
Ever since American visitors were allowed entry to France again in early June 2021, demand has increased accordingly, bringing back customers the travel industry sorely missed.
“We’re so grateful, it’s a huge relief,” says Meg Zimbeck, the founder and editor in chief of the restaurant-review website and food tour company Paris by Mouth. After resuming tours in summer 2021, Zimbeck had to hire more tour guides to keep up with record-breaking bookings.
With the influx of travelers come busy museums and long lines, so “be prepared for high season,” Zimbeck says.
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What restrictions remain for travelers
On Aug. 1, France ended its pandemic-era entry requirements . Visitors no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test, according to the U.S. Embassy in France.
France ended its vaccine pass requirement in March and no longer requires proof of testing or vaccination in establishments such as bars, restaurants, museums and event spaces.
Mask mandates have also ended, including for trains, planes, airports and subways. Masks are still recommended in small enclosed spaces, for vulnerable groups at large gatherings and in hospitals.
If you feel more comfortable with a face covering, “nobody bats an eye if you choose to wear a mask,” Zimbeck says. “There’s no anti-mask sentiment.”
The country does recommend that travelers download the TousAntiCovid , a contact-tracing app, for their visit.
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If you have your heart set on visiting particular restaurants, museums, transportation and live events, or staying in certain hotels, “start making those reservations as soon as possible,” says Kate Schwab, a spokesperson for the French tourism authority, Atout France.
Catherine Hodoul-Baudry, head of sales and marketing for the hotel Le Bristol Paris , says the property is seeing a “big, big comeback” of American guests, with even more booking interest than in 2019. The hotel’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Épicure, is booked solid for the next two months.
Zimbeck says that while it has always been helpful to make restaurant reservations at popular places ahead of time, that is particularly true now.
“The restaurants are very small, and the ones that are in demand are booked up weeks in advance,” she says.
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Zimbeck says many restaurants launched online reservation systems during the pandemic, making it easier than ever for foreigners to snag reservations ahead of their trip.
For transportation within France, Victoire Spoerry, travel adviser at the Virtuoso agency Wellness by LMSV , urges travelers to make reservations for their rental car or high-speed train tickets as soon as they secure their flight. The earlier you book, the cheaper the ticket or rate, plus you will have more options.
Where to get a coronavirus test before returning home
While the testing requirement to return to the United States has been dropped, you may still want to test as your trip to France comes to a close.
Schwab says you can expect to pay between 25 and 44 euros depending on the kind of test you get. If you would rather get tested at the airport before your flight, you may need to make an appointment , and the fee may be more expensive.
“You can go to the pharmacy and get them there,” Schwab says. “It’s pretty easy. … With the antigen [test], I got the results in 15 minutes.”
The U.S. Embassy in France also offers advice on finding a coronavirus test abroad.
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To travel by plane within Metropolitan France, only the following valid travel documents are accepted, including for any children you are traveling with :
- National identity card
The family record book, known as the French "livret de famille", a driver's license, or a residency permit alone is not enough to travel by plane.
A valid national identity card is sufficient. If you use a biometric passport instead of a national identity card, you can also benefit from PARAFE (available in Paris and Marseille), and you will save time going through police controls.
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Since 2014, the date of validity has been extended from 10 to 15 years. However, not every member state accepts this extension. Please make sure that your destination country accepts your identity card.
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What tests do I need to travel to France? The restrictions explained
Friday August 19 2022, 09:00am
France is one of the most popular holiday destinations for British travellers. It’s no wonder given the delicious food, quaffable wine, stunning landscapes and the wealth of cultural attractions. In fact, some 17 million of us visit our European neighbour each year.
And as of August 1, entering France is easier than ever as all Covid travel restrictions have been lifted. Here’s everything you need to know .
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What are France’s entry requirements?
There are no travel restrictions for entering France, regardless of vaccination status and where you are coming from. Visitors will no longer need to complete any forms, give a “compelling reason” to enter, or present the sworn statement. This applies to mainland France and its overseas territories, such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy and Reunion.
However, French authorities have said they will retain the right to activate an “emergency brake” and introduce restrictions if the public health picture worsens, for the example with a new Covid variant.
Previously, France insisted on a full course of vaccination and, for unvaccinated travellers, a negative antigen test.
Can I travel to France if I’m unvaccinated?
Yes. There are no additional restrictions for unvaccinated travellers .
What are the restrictions domestically?
Nationally, almost all restrictions have been withdrawn, including the wearing of masks in most situations. However, local authorities can still impose their own restrictions, including the requirement to wear masks on public transport or in medical facilities such as a hospital.
The vaccine pass is no longer required for activities such as visiting restaurants, bars or shops. The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs still recommends downloading the TousAntiCovid app , which you can use to scan all of your vaccination and Covid test results, and check for latest updates on Covid-related restrictions.
Is it safe to travel to France?
France is on the whole very safe for tourists. However, following a series of high-profile terror incidents, the UK Foreign Office has maintained its warning that there is a general threat from terrorism. Travellers should therefore remain vigilant, especially when attending major events.
During the summer, there is also a threat from forest fires in many parts of France, with visitors being advised to familiarise themselves with the local restrictions in place.
Where are the best places to visit?
Paris , of course. Whether it’s your first time in this City of Love, or you’re a frequent visitor, there’s always something to see and do — especially if culture is what you’re after. The Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur and the Louvre are all familiar tourist haunts, but it’s the romance of Le Marais that will make you fall in love with this city. Or you can always take inspiration from Emily in Paris .
From about mid-May, the heat gets dialled up in the south of France, figuratively and literally. Fly into Nice for the glitz and glam of the Côte d’Azur en route to Cannes, or head east towards Monaco for the little postcard-perfect villages like Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Èze. Alternatively, fly or catch the Eurostar down to rough and ready Marseille for top notch bouillabaisse and to scale the cliffs of Parc National des Calanques.
For wine lovers, the options are endless. Base yourself in Reims to explore the grand champagne houses and their network of chalk cellars, before stocking up for your next big celebration. Or go to Bordeaux to soak up the knowledge in the city’s wine museum, La Cité du Vin, before tasting your way from the Left Bank to the Right Bank; the village of Saint-Émilion is especially pretty to cycle through on a fine summer’s day. And if you enjoy life in the slow lane, why not commandeer a boat and tour the Canal du Midi — wineries are in abundance here and many have sun-drenched terraces for lunch.
When it comes to food, France really comes into its own. The simple pleasure of breaking into a warm baguette before slathering it with butter hardly needs explanation — and it can be found everywhere. For something a bit more intimate, try Périgueux. Some of the best bistros will only open after the truffle market has closed, and when they finally invite you in for a casse-croûte (snack), you’ll be glad you loosened your belt in preparation. In Sète, a vibrant port city, you’ll have the pick of restaurants with canal views. Whichever one you choose, make sure you try the fresh and plump oysters from the nearby Étang de Thau, preferably matched with the sharp acidity of a chilled Picpoul de Pinet.
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Can I travel to France from the United States?
Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter France.
Can I travel to France if I am vaccinated?
Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter France without restrictions.
Can I travel to France without being vaccinated?
Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter France without restrictions.
Do I need a COVID test to enter France?
Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering France.
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Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.
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Travel To France From The US: France Entry Requirements And Covid Restrictions
Last Updated : Oct 2, 2023
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France is back to becoming a lively and vibrant country as the French Government continues to relax the rules and regulations around the coronavirus pandemic. Soon tourists will be flocking to Paris to enjoy the night lights and go to the vineyard for the famous French wines.
Though France is relaxing many of its rules, many are still in place. In addition, the French Government also has many other requirements for visitors coming from non-EU countries. Hence, I have made this blog to assist you in understanding these rules and regulations in depth.
Let us begin with the travel advisory on France for US citizens:
Do I Need A Visa For France
Passengers coming from the non-European Member states might require to get a valid visa pertaining to their purpose in France. However, this blog will focus only on US citizens who wish to visit the country.
Upon arriving in France, you will be subjected to the regulations you must oblige. Moreover, France currently has restrictions for countries with a high level of covid19 cases. Therefore, we will first discuss whether US citizens require a visa, the requirement and as we go further in the blog, we will look at the covid19 requirements.
French Visa For US Nationals
Like many other countries in Europe, France does not require US citizens to get a visa before arriving. Therefore, US citizens can travel visa-free into France for a short stay for tourism, business, or to visit friends and family.
Upon arriving in France, the US citizens must provide the required documents to the border officer to gain access to the country. Additionally, the list of required documents is short and can be obtained easily.
However, US citizens must meet some requirements before allowing entry into the country. If the US citizens meet these requirements, they can stay visa-free for a short period in the country. On the other hand, if US citizens do not meet these requirements, they can be denied entry into France.
Note: US citizens who wish to work, study, or visit France for any other purpose mentioned above must get a relevant visa from the Embassy of France in The US .
French Visa For US Green Card Holders
If a US green cardholder wishes to enter France or the Schengen area, they must first check the eligibility . Unfortunately, not all US green cardholders will have the same benefits as US-born citizens or US passport holders.
US green card holders from countries exempt from a Schengen Visa can visit France visa-free. However, other US green card holders from countries that require a visa to enter the Schengen area must acquire a tourist visa to visit France .
Since France is a Schengen Country, It would be helpful to check our detailed bog on the Schengen Visa Requirements .
US green card holders who wish to apply for their Schengen Visa can do so quickly and hassle-free on Atlys .
What Are The France Entry Requirements For US Citizens?
US citizens must provide all the required documents at the port of entry to ensure a smooth and expedited immigration process. If you are short of any of these documents, you might be questioned by the immigration office or, in some cases, even denied entry into France.
As I mentioned earlier, obtaining these documents should not be difficult. To ensure further ease during the immigration process, have printouts of your documents with you. It would be best to keep your files and travel documents on your mobile phone.
US Citizen Documents Required For Entrance To France
The following documents are required upon arriving in France:
A valid passport valid for at least 3 months after departure from France
The passport should not be older than 10 years
Proof of accommodation such as hotel reservation or hostel booking
If staying with a relative, a certificate validated at the town hall stating information about your stay
Travel itinerary, including your return ticket
Show proof of financial means
If visiting France for a business trip, you must provide the details of the establishments or organizations located in France or proof of business convention
Proof Of Sufficient Funds To Visit France
You must provide proof that you have sufficient money to cover all your daily expenses as well as your medical expense
It is advised to have medical insurance that covers your medical repatriation costs and expenses in the event of death
If you have a hotel booking/ booked accommodation, you need to show that you have 65 euros per day for daily expenses.
If you DO NOT have a hotel booking/ booked accommodation, you need to show that you have 120 euros per day for daily expenses.
If you have a partial hotel booking/ booked accommodation, you must have 65 euros per day for daily expenses for a period that you have your hotel booking. After that period, you must have 120 euros per day for daily expenses.
If staying with a relative, you must show that you have 32.25 euros per day for daily expenses.
ETIAS Requirements For US Citizens To Visit France
ETIAS, or European Travel Information and Authorization System, is a visa waiver program for the Schengen Countries. Currently, it is not a requirement; however, it will be implemented in November 2023. After that, ETIAS will be mandatory for all visa-exempt countries to get the travel authorization.
Check out our in-depth blog on ETIAS and the requirements for more information.
What Are The Covid19 Entry Requirements For France?
Currently, most travel restrictions in France are due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, after the spread of the Omicron Virus, French Government introduced stricter regulations and classified the countries as “Green list countries” and “Orange countries.”
Green list countries have a moderate level of covid19 infections, whereas the orange list countries have a higher level of covid19 spread. Additionally, the covid19 restrictions differ for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers visiting the country.
Vaccinated Travelers Coming To France
The vaccination status for travelers over 12 years old should be fully vaccinated
Fully vaccinated traveler DOES NOT have to present a negative covid19 test result
The Janssen or Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be administered 28 days before arriving in France
Other European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccines such as Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca’s (Vaxzevria or Covishield) second dose should be administered 7 days before arriving in France
A booster shot (messenger RNA vaccine) is mandatory for Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccine for adults over 18 years and 9 months.
Unvaccinated Travelers Coming To France
Travelers that are partially or unvaccinated must provide a negative PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before the flight or a negative antigen test result taken less than 48 hours before departure
If you are recovering from a covid19 infection, you must provide a certificate of recovery valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination
A positive result of a PCR or antigen test should be at least more than eleven days and less than six months
Unvaccinated travelers must register on the digital platform éOS-COVID before departure.
Children under 12 are exempt from these formalities.
While you are in France, you must download the Tous Covid App , which allows you to store your vaccination certificate, negative test, or recovery certificate.
NOTE: The French health pass (vaccine pass, pass vaccinal, pass sanitaire) is no longer required.
What Is The Procedure For US Citizens To Enter France?
Upon arriving at France’s borders, including air, sea, or land, you must oblige to the administrative procedures. At the border control, you will be required to show all the necessary documents to the immigration officer. The immigration officer will verify the authenticity of the travel documents presented.
The immigration officer will then grant the traveler entry into France by stamping their passport. The passport stamp will declare your entrance into France. If the immigration officer gives you a date before which you must leave the country, then you must abide by it.
How Long Can US Citizens Stay In France Visa Free?
US citizens can stay up to 90 days in France visa-free. However, the number of days you can stay legally in France is determined by the visa stamp on your passport. This time period is decided by the immigration officer at the port of entry, such as the international airport.
US citizens must check their visa stamps and leave the Schengen area before the expiry date on the visa. If you overstay the validity of your visa, you could face legal consequences and can be denied future entry into France.
If US citizens wish to stay for a more extended period, they must get a visa that allows it. Additionally, you cannot remain within the Schengen area, including France, for over 90 days in 180-day periods or your visa’s validity period. You can read our informative blog on 90/180 rule for the Schengen area .
You can also use an unofficial online calculator to check the maximum period you can stay in the Schengen Area.
Do not forget to check our other dedicated post on the Schengen Area for more updates and information.
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What are the travel rules for France, the US, and other popular destinations?
- Published 14 February 2022
Foreign travel is now easier for people in the UK than at any time since the beginning of the pandemic.
However, there are still regulations about who can enter most countries, restrictions on what you can do when you get there, and rules to follow when you return home.
These can change quickly, so it's important to keep checking the Foreign Office guidance and tourist information for your destination before you go.
Here are some key things to know about travelling to popular destinations.
Travel guide, entry requirements.
Everyone travelling to Spain (including children) must submit an online Health Control Form (in English), no more than 48 hours before departure. This will generate a QR code which needs to be presented (either digitally or as a hard copy) at the Spanish border.
All travellers aged 12 and over must be able to prove they've been fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days before arrival. Proof of a negative test or recovery from Covid is not accepted.
From 23:00 GMT on 13 February children aged 12-17 do not need to be double-jabbed to enter the country. Instead, they must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
You must have received your final vaccine dose no earlier than 270 days (about nine months) before travelling. If it was earlier than this, you must be able to show proof of having received a booster jab. There is no requirement for 14 days to have passed between receiving your booster and entering Spain.
Spain (like all EU countries) will accept as proof the NHS Covid Pass , Scotland's NHS Covid Status Pass or Northern Ireland's COVIDCert NI app - these can be presented either in digital form on a phone, or printed (as long as it's dated after 1 November 2021).
Fully vaccinated children aged 12 to 15 can now also use the NHS app to show their Covid status, or they can request an NHS Covid Pass letter for international travel. Children under the age of 12 do not need to show proof of vaccination.
If you have not been fully vaccinated, you can only enter Spain if your journey is classed as "essential" by the Spanish Ministry of Health. If your journey qualifies, you will need to present either a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours, or a negative antigen test/LFT taken within the previous 24 hours, or else a medical certificate to say that you have recovered from Covid in the previous six months.
If you're travelling via Gibraltar, check the latest Foreign Office travel advice .
Covid rules in Spain
Wherever you are in Spain, you must observe social distancing of 1.5m (5ft). Everyone aged six and over must also wear a face mask in the following places (unless they have a medical exemption):
- any enclosed space open to the public (eg shops, restaurants, hotels or hospitals)
- any indoor space where people from different households mix
- any outdoor space where it is not possible to observe social distancing (e.g. crowded streets, public demonstrations etc.)
- all forms of public transport and all transport stations, platforms and airports
Some regions may have additional restrictive measures, including:
- overnight curfews
- a limit on social gatherings
- restrictions on meeting people from other households indoors
- capacity restrictions at beaches or other public areas (eg booking systems)
You should check with local and regional authorities for more details.
The Foreign Office has specific healthcare guidance for UK nationals visiting Spain .
For more details about travelling in Spain, go to the UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain
Return to UK
Everyone aged 12 and over travelling to the UK must fill in an online passenger locator form before they depart. Adults can complete the form for under-18s travelling with them.
If you qualify as fully vaccinated , you do not need to take any tests either before or after you arrive in the UK, nor is there any need to quarantine. The same rules apply for travellers under the age of 18.
If you are 18 or over, and not fully vaccinated:
- you will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test, taken in the two days before you travel to the UK
- you will need to book and pay for a PCR test , to be taken within two days of arrival in the UK. This must be booked with a private provider before you travel
- you do not have to quarantine unless your PCR test is positive
France entry requirements
You can enter France from the UK if you:
- complete a "sworn statement"
- prove that you've been fully vaccinated, and your last dose was less than nine months (270 days) ago. If you are over 18 and one month, and your last dose was more than nine months ago, you will NOT be considered fully vaccinated unless you have also received a booster dose
Since 12 February you no longer need to present proof of a negative PCR or LFT/antigen test before you travel if you're fully vaccinated.
France (like all EU countries) accepts as proof the NHS Covid Pass , Scotland's NHS Covid Status Pass or Northern Ireland's COVIDCert NI app - these can be presented either in digital form on a phone, or printed (as long as it's dated after 1 November 2021).
If you are unvaccinated, you can only enter France for essential reasons (listed here - in French) .
You must also show:
- an International Travel Certificate confirming these reasons, and confirming you are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus
- A negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an LFT/antigen test result taken within 48 hours if aged 12 years and over.
Since 12 February, you no longer need to self-isolate on arrival if you're not fully vaccinated.
Children from the UK aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated will be treated as vaccinated if they are travelling with fully vaccinated adults.
However, if a child aged 12 or over is unvaccinated and travelling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they will be subject to the same conditions as the adults, including the need to self-isolate.
Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel to France, although a "sworn statement" must be completed for them.
Covid rules in France
Face masks are required in all enclosed public spaces.
You also need to wear a mask in some outdoor public spaces, such as queues, markets, or stadiums.
Children under 11 are not required to wear masks.
Everyone aged 16 and over now needs a "pass vaccinal" to attend large events and for entry to a wide range of venues including bars, restaurants, museums, or to use some types of public transport including planes and long-distance trains.
To qualify for a pass vaccinal you must have:
- proof that you are fully vaccinated, with your last dose less than seven months ago (from 15 February this is reduced to four months). If you are over 18 years and one month old and you were vaccinated before this point, you must show proof that you have had a booster jab
- proof of recovery from Covid, dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago
- proof of a medical exemption from vaccination, including a document from your doctor
Children aged 12-15 still need a pass sanitaire to access many venues and events.
To qualify for a pass sanitaire you must have either:
- a vaccination certificate, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated (the French government recognise vaccinations carried out in the UK)
- a negative PCR or LFT/antigen test result from the past 48 hours
- a document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from Covid
You can get a pass sanitaire by presenting the QR code from your NHS Covid app if you come from England or Wales , Scotland or Northern Ireland or by using a downloadable PDF certificate which is dated after 1 November 2021.
You can also generate a pass sanitaire by scanning and saving the QR code from your NHS Covid Pass or equivalent, into France’s “TousAntiCovid” app .
For more details about travelling in France, go to the UK Foreign Office travel advice .
You can travel to Italy from the UK without having to self-isolate, as long as you can prove you were fully vaccinated, with the second dose less than 180 days (six months) ago.
If your second vaccine dose was earlier than this, you must also show proof of a booster jab, or proof that you have recovered from Covid in the past 180 days.
Italy (like all EU countries) accepts as proof the NHS Covid Pass , Scotland's NHS Covid Status Pass or Northern Ireland's COVIDCert NI app - these can be presented either in digital form on a phone, or printed (as long as it's dated after 1 November 2021).
You must also:
- take a PCR or LFT/antigen test within 48 hours before entering Italy, and show evidence of a negative result
If you are not fully vaccinated, you must also:
- show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before entering Italy or a negative LFT/antigen test taken within 24 hours
- notify the local health authority in the area where you are staying
- travel to your destination in Italy by private transport only
- remain in self-isolation for five days
- take another PCR or LFT/antigen test at the end of the five days’ self-isolation
Children under 18 do not have to self-isolate if they travel with a fully vaccinated adult and have a negative PCR or antigen test/LFT. Children aged five or under do not have to test.
All travellers must fill in a passenger locator form , which will generate a QR code. You may be asked to present this before travel or by the border police. A paper form can also be completed if you do not have an electronic device.
The Italian embassy in London has more information - or you can consult the Italian Government’s online questionnaire (both in English).
Covid rules in Italy
Until 31 March, everyone aged 12 and over needs a "Super Green Pass" to access restaurants, bars, hotels, museums, sports stadiums and many other transport services, venues and events.
The QR code from your NHS Covid Pass, NHS Covid Status Pass or Covidcert NI Pass will be accepted as a super green pass. You can also present a paper version, as long as it is dated after 1 November 2021.
If you have had a booster, or have had the first two jabs AND recovered from Covid, there is no expiry date on your Super Green Pass. If, however, you have simply had your first two jabs, your pass will only be valid for 180 days after your second dose.
If - for whatever reason - you are not eligible for a super green pass you will need a “green pass” to access many public spaces. The pass is also required to travel on most public transport between regions.
The green pass is a temporary pass, which lasts 48 hours. You can obtain one by testing negative with a rapid Covid test available from local pharmacies and test centres. The test provider will print the test results and email you a code. You will need these to access the government website which will generate the temporary green pass.
Under-18s in the UK who have only received one dose of vaccine are not considered fully vaccinated, and they also have to obtain a 48-hour green pass by means of a negative Covid test.
You have to wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces, and outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Children under the age of six do not need to wear a mask.
Social distancing of 1m (3ft) must be observed, and large gatherings should be avoided.
For more details about travelling in Italy go to the UK Foreign Office travel advice for Italy
Italy's official tourism website also has useful information
If you have been fully vaccinated:
- you can travel from the UK to the US as long as it is more than two weeks since you completed the full course of vaccination. You must have received a Covid-19 vaccine recognised in the US (this includes all the vaccines currently being given on the NHS). More details can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website .
- you must also take a PCR or LFT/antigen test no more than a day before flying to the US. You must use a private provider for this
- there is no need to self-isolate in the US, but you are recommended to take another Covid test 3-5 days after arrival
If you have not been fully vaccinated, you cannot travel to the US, although exceptions are granted, for instance for children under 18. The CDC has more details here. . If you qualify as an exception, you will need to:
- take a PCR or LFT/antigen test no more than one day before travel, or else present proof of having recovered from Covid-19 in the past three months
- self-quarantine for seven days after arrival in the US
- take another test within 3-5 days after arrival in the US
- become fully vaccinated if you are staying 60 days or longer, unless you have a medical condition or are too young to be vaccinated
Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated do not have to self-isolate when they enter the US, but they must take a test 3-5 days after arrival. They should self-isolate if any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
Covid rules in the US
It is now possible to travel to every state in the US if you are fully vaccinated.
Rules on social distancing and face coverings vary: check the relevant state government website before you arrive. Rules can also vary within individual states.
You need to wear a mask on aeroplanes, trains, buses and at airports, train stations and bus stations wherever you are in the US.
For more details about travelling in the US go to the UK Foreign Office travel advice for US
There is also more information on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website
All travellers to Ireland (including children) must fill in an online passenger locator form before departure. It will be checked by air or sea carriers and failure to complete it is an offence.
Individuals travelling from Great Britain to Ireland via Northern Ireland should also complete a Passenger Locator Form.
If you are fully vaccinated or can demonstrate you have recovered from Covid in the past year, you no longer need to take a pre-departure Covid test.
If more than 270 days (9 months) have passed since your second dose, you will need to have had a booster to be considered fully vaccinated.
Children aged 11 and under don't need to take a pre-departure test.
Some adults are also exempt because of their occupation or if they are receiving medical treatment. More details can be found on the Irish government website .
If you are not fully vaccinated, and have not recently recovered from Covid, you will need to show evidence of a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.
Ireland (like all EU countries) accepts the NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination and/or recovery from Covid, along with Scotland's NHS Covid Status Pass or Northern Ireland's COVIDCert NI app . These can be presented either in digital form on a phone, or printed (as long as it's dated after 1 November 2021).
If you are travelling to Ireland from Northern Ireland, you do not need to complete a passenger locator form, or provide any proof of vaccination, recovery status or negative tests as long as you have not visited any other countries in the last 14 days.
For more details about travelling in Ireland go to the UK Foreign Office travel advice for Ireland
Covid rules in Ireland
Face coverings remain compulsory for over-13s in shops, banks and post offices, in taxis, in bus and rail stations, in cinemas and theatres and on public transport. The Irish government website has more details about where they are still required .
Customers no longer need to show proof of Covid status to enter hospitality and entertainment venues.
Bars, restaurants and nightclubs have returned to their normal trading hours. You no longer need to wear a mask in sit-in restaurants or cafes.
There are no limits on the number of people who can attend indoor events such as weddings, or outdoor events, including sporting fixtures.
The Irish government website has more detailed information about the public health measures still in place.
If you’re travelling to the UK from Ireland, you do not need to complete a passenger locator form or take any Covid test either before departure or on arrival.
This is because Ireland is - along with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man - part of the UK's Common Travel Area.
You only need to follow extra steps if you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, and have been in another country in the 10 days before travelling from Ireland to the UK.
If this is the case you will need to:
- show proof of a negative Covid-19 test, taken in the two days before you travel to the UK
- book and pay for a PCR test , to be taken within two days of arrival in the UK. This must be booked with a private provider before you travel
Before departure, each household should complete a passenger locator form (in English) listing all travellers including children. This will generate a QR code which you should print or ensure you can show on your phone. You can be fined or denied entry if you cannot provide the code on arrival.
All passengers aged five or over must also provide one of the following:
- proof you are fully vaccinated. Booster doses have no expiry date, but if you have not had a booster, your second dose must have been given between 14 and nine months ago
- a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival
- a negative rapid LFT/antigen test, taken within 24 hours before arrival
- proof of recovery from Covid (a positive PCR or LFT/antigen test result issued between 14 and 180 days ago)
Children under five do not need to provide proof of their vaccination or test status.
Greece (like all EU countries) accepts the NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination and/or recovery from Covid, along with Scotland's NHS Covid Status Pass or Northern Ireland's COVIDCert NI app . These can be presented either in digital form on a phone, or printed (as long as it's dated after 1 November 2021).
You may be asked to take a rapid Covid test on arrival in Greece, and quarantine in a hotel for at least five days if positive.
You may also have to self-isolate if other passengers on your flight or ferry test positive.
The Greek government “strongly recommends” that travellers take either a certified LFT/antigen or PCR test on days two and four after arrival.
Covid rules in Greece
All restrictions remain under regular review. In areas where Covid case rates are particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
Everyone aged five or over must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece. In certain settings - such as in supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport - you must wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask.
Proof of vaccination and ID are required to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums. You should be prepared to demonstrate your proof of vaccination when asked. The NHS Covid Pass and other UK equivalents are accepted.
If you have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of recovery from Covid-19:
- you can only travel by aeroplane, train and bus if you can show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of your arrival time, or an LFT/antigen test taken within 48 hours of your arrival time
- you cannot enter nightclubs, restaurants (indoors), theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gyms and stadiums
- you must present a negative LFT/antigen test result taken within the previous 48 hours to visit other public spaces including shops and restaurants (outdoors)
Unvaccinated children (between the ages of four and 18) require a negative test to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums.
Vistors visting other areas of mainland Greece or the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina are advised to test before travel but is not mandatory.
Visitors aged 12 or over who wish to travel by air and sea to the rest of Greece must provide one of the following:
- proof of vaccination (at least 14 days since the second dose)
- a negative result from a PCR test carried out in the previous 72 hours
- a negative result from an LFT/antigen test carried out in the previous 48 hours
Children aged five to 11 can travel to these areas with a negative test result taken in the previous 24 hours.
Some restrictions vary from region to region - you may need to check local guidance (in English).
For more details about travelling in Greece go to the UK Foreign Office travel advice for Greece
All UK passengers travelling to Germany must fill in a pre-departure digital registration (in English) , regardless of their vaccination status.
Travellers aged six or over entering Germany from abroad must provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid or a negative LFT/antigen or PCR test result taken within the previous 48 hours prior to arrival.
Germany (like all EU countries) accepts the NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination and/or recovery from Covid, along with Scotland's NHS Covid Status Pass or Northern Ireland's COVIDCert NI app - these can be presented either in digital form on a phone, or printed (as long as it's dated after 1 November 2021).
If you have not been fully vaccinated, you may only enter Germany from the UK if:
- you are a German citizen, or their spouse, partner, or child under 18
- you are a German resident, or their spouse, partner, or child under 18
- you have an important role or an urgent reason for travel
You will have to self-isolate for 10 days in these circumstances, although the option to "test and release" is available after five days.
Unvaccinated travellers who do not qualify under one of the exemptions listed above may not currently enter Germany from the UK.
Unvaccinated children aged five or under can enter Germany as long as they are travelling with at least one fully vaccinated parent. They do not have to provide test results, but must quarantine on arrival unless they are entering Germany to visit first-degree relatives and have spent less than 72 hours in a high-risk area like the UK or will spend less than 72 hours in Germany. For all other children under six, quarantine ends automatically five days after arrival.
More details about quarantine can be found on the Federal Interior Ministry website (in English).
For more details about travelling in Germany go to the UK Foreign Office travel advice for Germany
Covid rules in Germany
Wearing a medical-grade mask remains a legal requirement in retail outlets and on public transport.
You are also asked to maintain social distancing wherever possible in public.
Proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative test (up to 24 hours old for LFT/antigen testing or 48 hours old for PCR testing) is required for entry into various venues including:
- hotels (test on arrival and twice a week during the stay)
- indoor hospitality
- indoor venues such as fitness studios, swimming baths or sports halls
- barbers, hairdressers, or beauty salons
Additional local rules may also apply depending on the region you are visiting. More information can be found on the German Tourist Board’s website .
- Covid map: Where are cases the highest?
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France travel advice
Latest updates: Safety and security - bomb threats
Last updated: November 6, 2023 12:23 ET
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Exercise a high degree of caution in France due to the elevated threat of terrorism.
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"Attack emergency" alert
On October 13 2023, the Prime Minister of France raised the security threat level within the “Vigipirate” plan to “urgence attentat” (“attack emergency”). This is the highest level in the Vigipirate plan, a set of measures to prepare and protect the population and public places. The decision was made following an attack at a school in Arras.
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly alert during public gatherings and demonstrations.
If you are in France:
- expect enhanced security measures and an increased police presence at the border and in public places
- monitor local media for the most recent information
- follow the instructions of local authorities
Vigipirate plan – Government of France (in French)
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities.
Over the past few years in France, several opportunistic and premeditated attacks have occurred. These have resulted in many deaths and injuries. Further attacks are likely.
The Vigipirate plan is a set of measures established by the French government to prepare and protect the French population, infrastructure and institutions in the event of an attack. The aim is also to allow rapid deployment of intervention measures if necessary.
As part of this plan, the government maintains a 3-level public alert system for terrorism. Changes in the threat level are communicated online and through local and national media.
Operation Sentinelle allows the deployment of military brigades in public places to patrol and deter terrorist acts. Enhanced security measures have been deployed in various strategic locations, including:
- transport hubs
- public places
- tourist locations, especially in Paris
Expect an increased police or military presence in public places, including some tourist locations, particularly in Paris.
Attacks can occur anywhere. Terrorists may target:
- government buildings and those of local authorities
- places of worship
- places dedicated to culture, such as exhibition galleries, museums, concert halls and theatres
- airports, railway stations and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, monuments, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
While in France:
- always be aware of your surroundings when in public places
- be particularly vigilant if attending large gatherings such as sporting events and religious celebrations or other public celebrations
- Information on the terrorist threat in France - Ministry of the Interior (in French)
- How to react in case of a terrorist attack - Government of France (in French)
- Social media accounts of the Ministry of the Interior - Ministry of the Interior (in French)
Petty crimes, such as pickpocketing, and purse and mobile phone snatching are common.
Thieves are very skilled. They often act in groups and are often minors. They may use various techniques to divert your attention and steal your belongings.
Thieves are mainly active in large cities and busy places, such as:
- the main tourist sites
- department stores
- restaurants and patios
- hotel lobbies
- public transport, in particular the Paris metro and the Île-de-France regional express network (RER) lines linking the capital to its surroundings
Violent crimes are rarer, but still occur.
Tourists are sometimes victims of violent attacks by groups of young people who want to rob them. These attacks usually occur :
- around major tourist attractions
- near railway stations
- on trains of the Île-de-France regional express network (RER) connecting the capital to its surroundings
Assaults can also occur outside night-time establishments and in more isolated areas at night.
Residential break-ins occur, especially in large cities and coastal areas. Burglars sometimes target houses or holiday rental apartments.
- be vigilant, particularly when approached by strangers
- ensure that your belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times
- avoid showing signs of affluence and carrying large sums of cash
- limit the use of mobile phones on public transportation and in crowded areas to ensure you remain aware of your surroundings and to avoid attracting attention
- don’t keep your credit, debit cards and cash in the same place
- never leave your bags unsupervised
- choose well-secured accommodation and make sure you lock doors and windows at night and when you’re away
Parked vehicles and vehicles on the road
Vehicle break-ins are frequent. Theft of parked cars or their contents is particularly common on beach roads in the south of France and at highway rest stops throughout the country, especially during the summer, when there is a high number of travellers.
- Leave nothing in view in the vehicle
- Use secure parking facilities
- Be particularly vigilant when renting automobiles, as rented vehicles are a target of choice
Drivers are often tricked into stopping their cars by thieves who either obstruct the road or distract the driver by flashing their headlights. They may also pretend that you have a flat tire or even puncture a tire themselves. Once the vehicle is stopped, the thieves seize the opportunity to steal a bag or other valuable objects.
- Beware of any person who waves at you to stop on the highway
- Be especially vigilant when stopped at traffic lights, as bags are often snatched from the front passenger seat by thieves travelling on scooters
- Keep windows closed and doors locked at all times
Victims of crime
If you’re a victim of theft, go to the nearest police station to report the crime. Keep a copy of your theft report, as you will need it if you wish to make a claim to your insurer. If the incident takes place in the metro, a metro officer can direct you to the nearest police station.
You can complete an online pre-complaint for certain types of minor crime, such as property theft, before going to the police station. This may speed up the process once you get there.
- Prevention advice for tourists - Préfecture de police de Paris
- Online pre-complaint - Ministry of the Interior (in French)
Since October 2023, there have been a number of bomb threats sent to public places across France.
Bomb threats and hoaxes can target any location, including:
- tourist areas
- shopping centres
- transportation hubs
- government facilities
- religious institutions
If you are in an area targeted by a bomb threat, follow the instructions of local authorities including evacuation orders.
Credit card and ATM fraud
Credit card and ATM fraud occurs.
When using debit or credit cards:
- pay careful attention if other people are handling your cards
- use ATMs located in public areas or inside a bank or business
- avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
- cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
- check for any unauthorized transaction on your account statements
Cybercrime occurs. Perpetrators may compromise public Wi-Fi networks to steal credit card or personal information.
- Avoid using unsecured public Wi-Fi networks
- Avoid making purchases on unencrypted websites
- Be cautious when posting information on social media
- Be particularly vigilant when contacting or meeting individuals known over the internet
Demonstrations occur frequently. They are usually planned as permission from the local authorities is required. However, unauthorized and spontaneous demonstrations also take place.
Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
Radical activists and vandals have a history of using aggressive and violent tactics during demonstrations in order to cause damage and provoke a strong response from the police. They sometimes throw stones, smoke grenades, bottles and other debris at rallies. The police normally respond with tear gas to disperse the crowds.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Mass gatherings (large-scale events)
Strikes and pressure tactics occur regularly, particularly in key sectors such as transport. These strikes can sometimes complicate travel and disrupt public services.
- Consult local media to be aware of strikes that may affect your stay or travel plans
- In the event of a transport strike, plan extra time to get to your destination
Swimming, boating and water safety
Coastal waters can be dangerous. Always obey warning flags at beaches.
The main warning flags used in France are:
- Green: calm waters, swimming is allowed
- Yellow: agitated waters, swim with precautions
- Red: dangerous waters, swimming is prohibited
- Purple: contaminated waters or presence of dangerous aquatic species, swimming is prohibited
In autumn and winter, be cautious when walking on the shore, as waves can be unpredictable, breaking further than expected and causing strong undertows.
- Avoid visiting beaches or coastal areas during periods of severe weather warnings
- Look out for signs warning of cliff erosion and falling rocks
- Don’t dive into unknown waters, as hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death
- Exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities
If you are planning to go boating:
- know the capacity of your boat (people and weight) and don’t exceed it
- know the navigation rules
- follow safe practices for all activities on the water: personal watercraft, water-skiing and towed devices, diving or swimming, fishing, etc.
- equip your boat with a VHF marine radio that will generate your position in case of emergency
- be prepared for emergencies
Search and rescue missions in France are carried out by the Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Centres (CROSS). In case of emergency, contact the centre on VHF radio channel 16 or by dialling 196.
- Surveillance and rescue at sea - Ministry of the Sea (in French)
- Water safety abroad
Mountain activities, such as hiking, can be dangerous, especially if they are not well prepared. Trails are not always marked and weather conditions can change rapidly, even in summer.
In winter, heavy snowfall can make it difficult to reach some villages and ski centres. Roads may become impassable. There is also a risk of avalanches, some of which can be fatal.
If you intend to go hiking, mountaineering or skiing:
- never do so alone and do not part with your hiking companions
- buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
- ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
- do not venture off marked trails or slopes
- ensure that you’re adequately equipped
- stay informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
- inform a family member or friend of your itinerary
- know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
- obtain detailed information on your activity and on the environment in which you will be doing it before setting out
- Information on mountain conditions - Association nationale pour l'étude de la neige et des avalanches (ANENA) (in French)
- Specialised mountain units - Gendarmerie nationale (in French)
- Avalanche forecasts and warnings - European Avalanche Warning Service (EAWS)
French roads are well maintained.
Drive carefully and respect the Highway Code.
Urban and intercity public transportation is reliable. When using these types of transport, make sure you validate your ticket and keep it until the end of your journey. The authorities carry out regular random checks and you may be fined if you do not have a validated ticket.
There is a problem of illegal taxis in Paris airports and train stations. These scammers charge much higher rates than the official ones.
- Ignore direct solicitations when leaving the airport or train station
- Use only official taxis or a trusted ride-sharing app
- Don’t share a taxi with strangers
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Information about foreign domestic airlines
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the French authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with the Foreign Representatives in Canada .
- Schengen area
France is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.
If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.
- Foreign Representatives in Canada
Temporary border controls
The French government has reintroduced internal border controls at certain ports of entry. You may be required to pass through immigration controls when entering France, even if arriving from another Schengen area country.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Passport with “X” gender identifier
While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.
- Foreign Representatives in Canada
- Canadian passports
Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Long-stay or residency visa: required for stays longer than 90 days Work permit: required Student visa: required for stays longer than 90 days
More information on Visas - Government of France
Other entry requirements
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.
Children and travel
To leave France, any child under the age of 18 who normally resides in France must be accompanied by at least one parent. Children travelling without at least one parent must be in possession of:
- an authorization to leave the country signed by one of the parents
- a photocopy of the signing parent’s identification
- More information on the authorization to leave the country - French administration services
- More about travelling with children
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
Relevant Travel Health Notices
- Global Measles Notice - 31 August, 2023
- Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
- COVID-19 and International Travel - 31 August, 2023
This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.
Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.
Be sure that your routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.
Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Pre-travel vaccines and medications
You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary.
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
Tick-borne encephalitis is present in some areas of this country.
It is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
It is spread to humans by the bite of infected ticks or when you consume unpasteurized milk products.
Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to ticks during outdoor activities.
A vaccine against TBE does exist but is only available in countries where the disease is present.
Learn more on what you can do to prevent tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.
Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.
Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.
Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus. Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.
It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.
Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
In this destination, rabies may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal.
If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional.
Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife.
Safe food and water precautions
Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.
- Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
- Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
- Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs.
Insect bite prevention
Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:
- Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
- Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
- Minimize exposure to insects
- Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed
To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.
Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.
- In this country, risk of dengue is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
- Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
- The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
- Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Zika virus is a risk in this country.
Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects .
Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should visit a health care professional before travelling to discuss the potential risks of travelling to this country. Pregnant women may choose to avoid or postpone travel to this country.
- Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
- If you are pregnant, always use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact with anyone who has travelled to this country for the duration of your pregnancy.
- Women: Wait 2 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy. If your male partner travelled with you, wait 3 months after travel or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer).
- Men: Wait 3 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy.
For more travel recommendations, see the travel health notice: Zika virus: Advice for travellers
Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.
Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.
Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:
- washing your hands often
- avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
- avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.
Medical services and facilities
Health care is excellent and available throughout the country. Up-front payment may be required.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Travel health and safety
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .
Transfer to a Canadian prison
Canada and France are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and France authorities.
This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
- Drugs, alcohol and travel
You may be subject to identity checks during your stay in France.
Always carry valid identification such as a driver's licence, passport or a copy of it.
Keep photocopies or digital copies of the following documents, in case of loss or seizure:
- the identification page of your passport
- your birth certificate
- your Canadian citizenship card
- your driver’s licence
Keep originals and copies in separate safe locations.
Concealing your face in public places
In France, it’s illegal to cover your face in public places, including international airport arrivals areas.
Offenders risk a very high fine. There is no exemption for tourists or for religious reasons.
- Identity checks - French administration services
- Concealment of the face in public places - French administration services
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in France.
If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of France, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .
Travellers with dual citizenship
International Child Abduction
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and France.
If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in France, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the French court.
If you are in this situation:
- act as quickly as you can
- contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
- consult a lawyer in Canada and in France to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
- report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre
If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.
Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.
- List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
- International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
- Travelling with children
- The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
- Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
- Emergency Watch and Response Centre
You must be at least 18 years old to drive a car in France.
You should carry an International Driving Permit. You can drive with your Canadian licence for up to 1 year. If you stay in France, you will have to exchange your Canadian licence for a French licence.
Numerous roadside cameras have been installed to help enforce traffic regulations. You could receive heavy fines if you do not obey the speed limit or the Highway Code. Local authorities may also confiscate your driver’s licence.
Fines must generally be paid within 3 days. They may be increased in case of delay of payment.
A reflective vest and warning triangle are mandatory in all vehicles.
From November 1 to March 31, winter tires or chains are compulsory in some cities and regions in mountainous areas.
Priority to the right
The “priority to the right” system is in effect in France. Drivers must give way to vehicles approaching from the right at intersections, even on secondary roads. This is often a surprise to foreign drivers and results in accidents.
In general, traffic in a roundabout has priority over vehicles trying to enter it. Priority switches to vehicles from the left.
Some cities and territories have put in place low emission zones to reduce air pollution.
Access to these zones is restricted to vehicles that meet certain environmental standards. You may need to get a permit to drive in these areas.
- More information about road travel in France - European Commission
- Obligations to equip vehicles in winter - French administration services (in French)
- Air quality certificates: Crit'Air - Ministry of Ecological Transition (in French)
The currency of France is the euro (EUR).
If you are carrying €10,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs when you enter or leave the European Union. It includes sums in:
- banknotes and coins
- bearer negotiable instruments such as cheques, travellers’ cheques, promissory notes and money orders
- bonds, shares
- gold coins with a gold content of at least 90 %
- gold bars, nuggets or clumps with a gold content of at least 99.5 %
- any other convertible asset
This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.
EU cash controls - European Commission
There is a risk of avalanches in mountainous areas, which can cause fatal accidents. If you intend to ski or climb, find out about the weather and safety conditions and follow the advice given.
- Familiarise yourself with the avalanche risk levels - French administration services
There is a risk of seasonal flooding, particularly in areas along major rivers and streams. Flooding can hamper overland travel and the provision of essential services.
The French government has a flood forecasting service called Vigicrues.
- Exercise caution
- Stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
Flooding risk - Vigicrues
Forest and maquis fires
Forest and maquis fires often occur in summer, particularly on the Mediterranean coast and in Corsica.
The air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke.
There is a ban on smoking in woods and forests during high forest fire risk periods as defined by the prefecture. This ban applies equally to areas situated within 200m of wooded areas.
In case of a major fire:
- stay away from affected areas, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments
- follow the advice of local authorities
- monitor local media for up-to-date information on the situation
Forest weather – Météo France (in French)
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
Dial 17 to connect to the police.
Consular assistance - France
Please call the consulates before visiting them.
For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in France and follow the instructions
Consular assistance - Wallis and Futuna
For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand and follow the instructions.
French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, La Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna
At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services .
take normal security precautions.
Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.
Exercise a high degree of caution
There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.
IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.
Avoid non-essential travel
Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.
Avoid all travel
You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.
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The OceanReady® Process
Get ready for your Princess Cruise with the OceanReady® steps
Princess® MedallionClass makes cruising effortless. It all begins with the Medallion®, a quarter-sized device that never needs to be turned on or off. Download the Princess® app to complete the OceanReady® steps before you sail. You'll want to complete the following steps to ensure access to the Green Lane in the terminal for faster check-in with less waiting:
- Order and Customize your Medallion*
- Personal Information & Travel Docs
- Payment Information
- Security & Profile Photos
- Emergency Information
*Currently, only available for shipping to addresses within the United States and Puerto Rico. Medallions will be available for pick-up at the terminal if one was not mailed to you.
Guests who don't complete all of the above steps in the app will access the Blue Lane for check-in, where our Navigators will help ensure all steps are complete and issue guest Medallions.
Visit Cruise Personalizer® to book flights and transfers, reserve shore excursions and make spa appointments, and purchase any packages if they are not already included in your booking. Before you leave for your cruise, you can print your luggage tags from Cruise Personalizer.
When you enter your personal information and upload your travel documents in the app make sure your name appears in your OceanReady® Profile exactly as entered in your passport. If the name does not match, it's important you contact your Travel Advisor or the Princess Reservations Department at 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237) to correct this information. Also, verify that your passport details and emergency contact information are complete and correct.
Princess Future Cruise Packages and Princess Promotions
- What are Princess Future Cruise Packages? Princess Future Cruise Packages are the newest, most flexible way to bundle your next Princess cruise, even if you aren’t sure when or where you want to go! Each Princess Future Cruise Package includes a fixed amount of Future Cruise Credits (FCCs) to use when you are ready to book your future Princess Cruise, pre/post hotel certificates when you cruise, Onboard Credits (OBCs), 5- to 7-night land vacation certificates, and more.
- What are the Future Cruise Credits (FCC) included in the Princess Future Cruise Packages? The Future Cruise Credits you receive in your Princess Future Cruise Package allow you to purchase your Princess cruise(s) once you are ready to book. Each FCC is worth $1, can be used toward any future cruise booking with Princess, and may be applied to one cruise or multiple cruises.
- How do I redeem the Future Cruise Credits (FCC) I received with my Princess Future Cruise Package? Your FCC balance can be found in your My Princess account and may be redeemed directly on our website or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS. If you have a travel advisor or Cruise Vacation Planner, you can contact them directly to use your Future Cruise Credits.
- What is Princess Promotions? At Princess, we are always looking for ways to provide our guests with the best value while creating new and innovative cruise products, experiences, and programs. Princess Promotions is a new program that offers guests access to products that add value to your Princess vacation and complementary products like pre- and post-hotel stays, Onboard Credits, and more!
- How do I redeem my Princess Future Cruise Package Stays Certificates and Hotel Credits? Once you purchase a Princess Future Cruise Package, you can redeem your certificates and Hotel Credits by calling 1-800-PRINCESS and choosing option 5.
- Do my Future Cruise Credits (FCC) and Stay Certificates expire? FCCs and Stay Certificates purchased as part of a Princess Future Cruise Package must be booked within 18 months of the package purchase date. However, you can travel up to 24 months from when you purchased the package.
- What are Princess Future Cruise Packages Hotel Credits? Hotel Credits are the easiest way to save on all your hotel stays. Each Hotel Credit is equal to $1 and can be redeemed for significant savings on hotel rooms booked on our hotel booking engine or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS. Choose from thousands of hotels worldwide with exclusive savings available only through Princess.
- Can I cancel my Future Princess Promotions Package? You have seven (7) business days after the purchase of the package to cancel (Florida residents have thirty (30) business days to cancel the package). Cancellations can be made by calling 1-800-PRINCESS and choosing option 5.
- Princess Vacation Protection
Enjoy some peace of mind with Princess Vacation Protection, which provides both a cancellation fee waiver and travel insurance benefits as a simple way to ease your worries before setting sail.
For guests that have Future Cruise Credits, visit our Princess® Cruise Credits page to learn about how to use them.
For the latest updates regarding cancelled cruises, view the Impacted & Cancelled Cruises page for more information.
Visa requirements for U.S. and Canadian citizens are listed on the guest's Travel Summary under "Notices," if applicable. All other nationalities, including those with U.S. or Canadian resident status, are responsible for verifying visa requirements for each port visited during the cruise.
Visas may be obtained directly from the consulate of the countries visited. Some visas are available to be obtained on board. Passport holders of the United States, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom may obtain visas through CIBTvisas . Australian and New Zealand passport holders, please use http://visalink.com.au .
IMPORTANT: Visa and documentation requirements vary by destination and change from time to time without prior notice. Guests should check with the consulate of each country they will visit or a visa service to verify current regulations. It is the guest's responsibility to have proper travel documentation. They should reconfirm visa requirements with the consulate 14 to 30 days prior to the cruise.
The following information is provided as general guidance for U.S. and Canadian passport holders. Because governmental travel requirements change periodically, you must check with your Travel Advisor or the government authorities for all countries you will visit to determine or verify the actual requirements at the time of sailing. Princess assumes no responsibility for advising guests of such requirements.
Visa fees and requirements are subject to change without notice
Travel Document Requirements
Travel Document Requirements*
Nothing gets in the way of a good trip like paperwork issues. So we want to make sure you know you’re responsible for meeting all the documentation and proof-of-citizenship requirements for your travel. Check out the guidelines below, as the last thing we want is for you to be denied boarding.
In many cases, you’ll need a valid passport, but even if you don’t, we really recommend traveling with one. You never know when the unexpected might happen – like leaving your ship before the end of your cruise – and it’s always better to be prepared.
Make sure the name on your booking matches the name on your travel document exactly. If the names do not match, contact your Travel Advisor (for bookings through a travel agency) or the Princess Cruises Reservations Department (for direct bookings) at 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237). To avoid check-in delays or even denied boarding, please provide Princess Cruises with this information at least 45 days before your cruise.
For non-U.S. passport holders or non-U.S. permanent residents disembarking in a U.S. Port, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that before your cruise, you provide the address at which you will be staying in the U.S., post-cruise.
Travel document requirements vary by destination and citizenship. Below are document guidelines for both domestic and international voyages. Once a booking is made, you may view voyage-specific requirements on the Cruise Personalizer.
Document Requirements for U.S. and Canadian Citizens/Nationals
A valid passport book is required for all international itineraries including:
- Australia & New Zealand
- Central and South America
- Panama Canal (partial and full transit)
- Caribbean (any sailings that visit Martinique or Guadeloupe)
- South Pacific & Tahiti
- World Cruises
If your cruise involves international air travel (including flights between the U.S. and Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda or Mexico) you will be required to present a valid passport when departing from or returning to the U.S. by air.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) governs acceptable travel documents for entry into the U.S. by sea from Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico or within the United States. We highly recommend a passport. We also require a passport for all guests in a travel party when minors are traveling with only one adult (21 years and older). † However, for U.S. and Canadian citizens/nationals on select itineraries a passport is not always required. In lieu of a passport book, these individuals must present one of the following valid WHTI-compliant travel documents at cruise check-in:
- U.S. Passport Card
- U.S. or Canadian Issued Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) (A REAL ID is not the same and doesn’t fulfill this requirement.)
- U.S. or Canadian Issued Identification Card (issued to minors and non-drivers)
- NEXUS Card Air travel is limited to participating airports (for entry to Canada)
- SENTRI (for entry to Mexico) and FAST cards
- I-872 American Indian Card or Enhanced Tribal ID Card (ETC)
†We have implemented this requirement because we want to ensure that your party remains together should an emergency arise that requires one or more members to be disembarked in a non-U.S. port. We cannot guarantee that all members of your party will be allowed to disembark with just a WHTI-compliant document or birth certificate. Failure to present a valid passport for all guests traveling together will result in denial of boarding without refund of the cruise or cruisetour fare.
On select U.S. roundtrip (sometimes called “closed-loop”) voyages, U.S. citizens ages 16 and above may also travel with an original or certified copy U.S. birth certificate (or U.S. Certificate of Naturalization if foreign born) presented together with a valid U.S. government-issued photo identification . U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 15 and younger may travel with a birth certificate.
- Alaska roundtrip from San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle (roundtrip Seattle cruisetours excluded)
- Canada/New England roundtrip from New York
- Caribbean roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale^, Galveston^ or New York (voyages that do not call to Martinque or Guadeloupe only)
- Hawaii roundtrip from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, or Seattle
- Mexico roundtrip from Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego
^Voyages that call to Central or South America are excluded and only passports are accepted. All voyages that call to Martinique or Guadeloupe require a passport.
For information regarding WHTI-compliant documents, visit the US Customs and Border Protection website .
U.S. Permanent Residents are required to present one of the following at cruise check-in:
- Permanent Resident Card (ARC/I-55 card)
- Temporary ARC/I-55 card and valid government-issued photo identification
- Expired ARC/I-55 card and form I-797 and valid government-issued photo identification
- Passport with “ARC” stamp
Canadian Permanent Residents are required to present a valid passport and Landed Permanent Resident Card at cruise check-in.
Non-U.S./Non-Canadian Passport Holders: A valid passport is required for all non-U.S. and non-Canadian citizens for all itineraries.
Many countries require passports be valid for six months after the completion of your travel. Check your passport to verify it will be valid for this period of time. Additionally, make certain that your passport contains blank pages for entry and exit endorsements and any visas that may be required. If necessary, allow sufficient time to renew your passport and/or obtain additional pages. (It may take longer than you think it will!) U.S. and Canadian passport holders sailing on a domestic cruise should ensure passports or other travel documents are valid through the completion of travel. There may be occasions where we retain your passport at check-in. This is to ensure that you are not inconvenienced by immigration clearance during your cruise and where face-to-face inspection is not required. We recommend you bring a second government-issued photo ID if you want to have one with you while in port.
There are over 7,000 Passport Application Acceptance locations in the U.S. You may locate the one closest to you by going to the U.S. Department of State website . The United States Postal Service also provides passport services. Visit the U.S. Postal website to find a post office location, get a list of fees and download a passport application .
For information regarding passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State travel website or call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 (M-F, 5 a.m.–5 p.m. PST).
*This information is provided as general guidance. Because governmental travel requirements change periodically, you must check with your Travel Advisor or the government authorities for all countries you will visit to determine or verify the actual requirements at the time of sailing. Princess assumes no responsibility for advising guests of such requirements.
Guests are advised not to bring any prohibited items to the ship. Prohibited items will not be allowed or stored on board the vessel with no exceptions. Guests are fully responsible for either storing these items ashore or disposing of them prior to embarkation.
The following items will not be allowed on board without a valid lawful reason:
- All firearms including non-firing weapons. An exception to this rule is law enforcement agents acting in an official capacity and certified armed security guards acting in an official capacity (with full permission of the ship’s Master).
- All forms of ammunition, explosive materials and propellants, projectiles of all kinds, cartridges.
- All imitation or replica weapons including de-commissioned weapons, those not capable of being fired and realistic imitation/toy weapons.
- Air/Pellet guns or any other variety of projectile firing weapon.
- Stun Guns, Tasers or any other electroshock device.
- All explosives and explosive device components including but not limited to military, civilian and safety devices, detonators, detonation cords, blasting caps, smoke cartridges, grenades, mines, imitation explosives/devices.
- Fireworks, Flares and Pyrotechnics
- Knives (with a blade over 6.35 cm (2 ½ inches), or 1.25 cm (½ inch) at widest point). bladed weapons, sharp pointed weapons, daggers, sabers, swords, axes, ice axes, hatchets, straight razors (shaving safety razors are allowed), razor blades not in a cartridge, box cutters, ice picks, meat cleavers, and utility knives, (unless specifically authorized for personnel who in the normal course of their duties on board the ship require to be in possession of a knife with a more substantial blade i.e. Galley Staff and Deck Ratings).
- Flick knives, gravity knives, switchblades or lock knives. Small locking pocket-knife with blade lengths less than 6.35 cm (2 ½ inches) and widths ½ inch or less are allowed.
- Concealed bladed weapons such as belt buckles knives, cane and umbrella knives/swords, pen knives and credit card knives.
- Recreational Diver’s Knives unless accompanied by other diving/snorkeling equipment and a valid diving ID card/license (must be held in the custody of the Security Officer). Dive knives may be checked out/in by the owner for dive excursions during the cruise whereby 24 hours’ notice is provided.
- Diver’s spears and spear guns/slings.
- Ceremonial knives/swords as well as entertainment props are at times permitted with prior notification from the Fleet Security Department (must be held on-board in the same manner as dive knives).
- Scissors with blades longer than 4 inches.
- Telescopic or regular truncheons/batons/clubs/coshes/nightsticks/billy clubs/blow pipes/ASPs and or any other item made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon.
- Archery equipment including crossbows and bolts.
- Martial Arts Equipment including flails, throwing stars, nunchakus/nunchucks, kubatons, bostaff, etc.
- Knuckle Dusters, brass knuckles, or any other item constructed for use as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat.
- Items containing Incapacitating Substances such as gas guns, tear gas sprays, pepper/mace cartridges, phosphorus, acid and other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable.
- Flammable Liquids and hazardous chemicals/substances including gasoline/petrol, cooking fuel, acid, spill able batteries (except those in wheelchairs), phosphorous, oil, lighter fluid (common lighters are permitted), methylated spirits, paint thinners, acid, turpentine, spray paint, chlorine, bleach, spray paint and any other dangerous chemicals that could burn, maim, incapacitate or disable.
- Compressed gas bottles/cylinders including propane tanks and aerosol cans (except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities). Dive Tanks are not permitted, empty or full. Medical gas bottles are allowed in connection with a certified medical condition but cannot be packed in baggage. Oxygen cylinders must be delivered to Guest Services and stored in a designated safe area. Oxygen cylinders are not x-rayed.
- Drones also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPA), and any other remote-controlled aerial devices/toys. (The exception is when permitted for company sponsored events when approved in advance by Fleet Security).
- Any other item made, adapted or intended for use as a weapon.
- Hookah and Water Hookah Pipes, candles and incense, strike-anywhere matches.
- Items brought on board the vessel and not supplied by the Company containing any kind of heating element, such as but not limited to: immersion heaters, heating blankets, flat irons, water heaters, coffee machines with heating / hot plates, etc.
- Alcohol in violation of the company alcohol policy.
- All illegal drugs, including medications without proper prescriptions.This includes legal intoxicant synthetic or “designer” drugs also known as “Legal Highs” such as Lysergamides, Opioids, Methoxetamine, Synthetic Cannabis, Betel Nuts or Kava (Cava).
- Medical Marijuana
- Noxious Items
- Baseball bats, hockey sticks, cricket bats, lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, and skateboards.
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Ham radios, transformers, lasers, laser pointers.
- Bicycles, including electric bicycles
- Tools of trade/hobby including any type of hand or power tool. This includes hammers, drills, drill bits, crow bars, saws, power saws, chef/cooking knives/utensils, tools greater than 7 inches in length such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers (unless prior authorization is provided by Corporate Headquarters and strict controls are maintained on-board).
- Surfboards – (Boogie boards no longer than 42 inches in length are allowed).
- Coolers - only coolers approximately 12 x 12 x 12 in size (holds 6-12 cans of non-alcoholic beverages) are allowed. Guests carrying larger sizes will be directed to return them to their vehicle. If the guest is without a vehicle, the cooler will be destroyed in the same manner as other prohibited items. Exception: if the cooler is larger and contains baby food/formula, kosher food/special dietary food or medication - these must be hand-carried. Coolers cannot be accepted as checked baggage. Whenever there is doubt an embarkation supervisor or shipboard personnel can be contacted to make the decision.
- Scooters (only permitted if used for mobility), boats/canoes/kayaks, Segways (only permitted ashore if used for mobility limitations – cannot be used on board the ship), Heely Shoes, Hoverboards/self-balancing scooters.
The above list is not exhaustive. The Ship Security Officer and Staff Captain are authorized to make a professional judgment as to the legality of any item, declared, detected or discovered.
*Electrical devices such as small fans, multi plug box outlets/adaptors, power strips/extension cords without surge protectors and electric extension cords with surge protectors are allowed onboard when used with proper caution and following inspection/tests from the onboard electrical department. However, if such devices are determined to pose a hazard then they will be removed and returned the last day of the cruise prior to debark.
As our guest, please follow the above precautions while traveling on any of our ships, and please refrain from taking these devices with you on board.
One of the best things about cruising with Princess is the convenience of being able to charge all your onboard expenses to your stateroom.
You will receive your OceanMedallion before you board. Guests will either receive it in the mail or pick it up in the terminal during the check-in process. The Medallion allows you to make TrulyTouchless™ purchases on board and is linked to your personal shipboard account where all purchases are charged.
Guests who have a credit card on file for their shipboard account, an authorization hold of $100 is placed on the credit card to ensure validity of the account. While you are on board, your daily charges will be authorized at close of business each day with your card provider. These authorizations can remain on your card for up to 30 days. Due to this, on extended voyages (in excess of 30 days) your credit card on file will need to be settled at or before the 30-day mark as a result of this authorization timing limit. Following this mid-voyage settlement, a new authorization will be placed on your credit card on file and be settled again at the end of your voyage. 3rd party credit cards will not be accepted for charges on board since the cardholder needs to sign for the charges.
Card must be valid for the length of the cruise. This information will be kept confidential. Princess Cruises use a “pre-authorization” system to charge credit and debit cards for onboard spend. This is standard hotel practice and places a “hold” on your credit or debit card, although your bank does not actually release any money to us. At the end of your cruise, your onboard spend will be charged in one transaction, and the holds will then be released by your issuing bank. Please note, some banks hold pre-authorized funds for up to 30 days limiting the funds available in your debit or credit account. We strongly recommend you check your bank’s pre-authorization process if you have any concerns about this system. To avoid your bank or credit card company blocking onboard transactions, please alert them of your travel plans ahead of time.
An itemized statement will be emailed to you post cruise. By providing your credit card in advance, you are automatically registered for Express Check-Out. There is no need to visit the Guest Services Desk to settle your account. We accept all major credit cards in most currencies. Those paying by traveler's checks or cash will be required to leave a cash deposit with the Guest Services staff at the beginning of the cruise.
Onboard charges are in United States Dollars (USD) with the following exceptions: for guests on sailings operating roundtrip from Australia, all onboard charges are in Australian Dollars (AUD)
If you are using a credit card to pay for your onboard charges on an AUD currency sailing, a surcharge fee of 1.1% will be applied (regardless of cardholder nationality). Debit cards do not incur a surcharge.
Princess EZpay Cruise Payment Plan
The Princess EZpay Cruise Payment Plan allows you to spread out the cost of your cruise with monthly installments and budget your vacation the easy way – with no extra fees! It’s easy to enroll in and easy to use; Princess EZpay simply charges the credit card on file every month until final payment is due – you can set it and forget it.
Charges for obtaining chips and tokens in the casino are limited to $3,000 USD per day, up to a total limit of $21,000 USD per person, per cruise and are only available if you have pre-registered a credit card with the Guest Service Desk for Express Check-Out.
Guests requiring extensions to daily or cruises limits should contact our Casino Department on 1-888-772-6697 prior to cruising for further details. Information and application forms for a casino credit line can be found at Ocean Players Club website under 'VIP Services'.
The minimum age for gambling on board is 18* years old.
*20 years old in Japan
Princess Luggage Valet delivers your bags from your home to your stateroom, and then back home again. The service is offered in partnership with Luggage Forward® in order to make your travel experience easier. No more hauling baggage through the airport, no more long check-in lines or waiting for your luggage to arrive at baggage claim, and no more risk of being held up in lengthy bag inspections at Customs. With Princess Luggage Valet you can enjoy the ultimate in ease and convenience when you travel. Make it a carefree escape with the new Princess Luggage Valet Service.
Luggage Valet includes:
- Worldwide service to and from more than 170 ports
- All-inclusive rates charged at the time of booking, no hidden fees
- On-time arrival with a full money-back plus $500 guarantee
To book, visit the Luggage Forward web site . Inquiries can be sent via email to [email protected] or you can call Luggage Forward directly at: 1-860-866-4172.
Please review our Passage Contract for full details. You’ll need to accept the terms and conditions of the Passage Contract before your cruise.
Pre-/Post-Cruise Hotel Packages
Pre- or post-cruise packages offer hotels chosen for their excellent service and prime location, close to major attractions — and near to your embarkation port so you’ll be sure to board your ship on time.
You’ll be met by a Princess® representative who ensures all transfers and baggage handling are taken care of. You can also choose to stay on after your voyage to do some sightseeing. Either way, it’s a great option for extending your vacation with the peace of mind that Princess has handled all the details.
See your Travel Advisor, contact Princess , or visit Cruise Personalizer for details.
Health & Accessibility
Spend your time onboard focused on relaxing, experiencing all the benefits of MedallionClass® cruising and creating lasting memories with your family and friends. The following information and resources are available to help you plan for your Princess vacation.
Our ships offer accessible staterooms designed for wheelchair maneuverability and feature wider doorways than a standard stateroom in both the stateroom and the bathroom. Bathrooms are equipped with a roll-in shower with a fold-down bench seat, a distress alarm, handheld shower head and grab bars. The stateroom also has an easy access closet and writing desk with wheelchair access. Additionally, all staterooms feature Medallion touchless entry, which unlocks the door as you approach.
We can help you with your accessible stateroom request by calling us at:
United States: 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237) Canada : 1-800-LOVEBOAT (1-800-568-3262) United Kingdom: 0344 3388 674 Australia: 13 24 88 New Zealand: 0800 780 717
Or contact your Travel Advisor.
Tip: Additional amenities can be requested for standard non-accessible staterooms including handheld shower heads, shower stools and raised toilet seats. For your convenience, these can be requested directly in the MedallionClass app under Preferences.
- Onboard Experience
Access-friendly design across our fleet makes it easy to enjoy each vessel's restaurants, theaters, spas, lounges, and open deck space. Elevators have 36- to 42-inch doorways, and wheelchair seating is available in show lounges and other public spaces. Onboard, make reservations and requests using the MedallionClass app on your personal electronic device or interactive in-stateroom TV.
We have a designated computer terminal equipped with JAWS Professional software equipped with a reader program available in the available in the Internet Café. A headset is available upon request. For assistance, contact the Internet Café team once onboard.
Braille/tactile signage is available on all ships. Large print, braille, and electronic menus are available upon request with 60 days advance notice. If you prefer to have items read to you, please do not hesitate to ask a team member onboard, who will gladly assist.
Tip: View our ship overview pages for accessibility guides and deck plans.
With advance request to our Access team, we provide “all-in-one kits” with TTY that can be used in guest staterooms. When requested for an Alaska Cruisetour, TTY kits will also be provided for your stay at our Alaska Wilderness Lodges.
Televisions on board have closed captioning capabilities. Onboard theaters have assistive listening devices. Requests for interpreting services should be made at the time of booking through the Access team and are subject to the availability of qualified interpreters. If there are other guests onboard who also require the assistance of interpreters, they are shared. American Sign Language interpreting services may be requested in advance for guests traveling on itineraries that visit at least one port in the USA. Australian Sign Language interpreting services may be requested in advance for guests traveling on itineraries that visit at least one port in Australia.
Mobility Equipment Guidance
Here are some important things to know about bringing a mobility device onboard.
If you will be using a mobility device or have special needs, we strongly recommend you travel with a person physically fit to assist with your needs both onboard and ashore.
Although we do not offer mobility devices onboard for personal use, you are welcome to bring your own device. Alternatively, we do partner with the following companies who provide wheelchairs and other medical equipment for rent, and they can deliver directly to the ship. If a rental is a better solution for you, please do contact them directly.
- Special Needs at Sea: 800-513-4515 or 954-585-0575, or visit the Special Needs at Sea website
- Scootaround: 888-441-7575 or 204-982-0657, or visit the Scootaround website
Please ensure that your mobility device meets the following specifications:
- Maximum device width: 22” for standard staterooms, 31” for wheelchair-accessible staterooms
- Maximum combined weight of the wheelchair, including guest: 600 pounds (weight may vary outside the United States)
Your mobility device must be securely stored in your stateroom when not in use. This will ensure that hallways and other public areas are clear for other guests and crew to safely move throughout the ship. We do not offer alternate locations for mobility device storage onboard. For assistance onboard with charging your equipment in your stateroom, please contact your stateroom attendant.
If you are bringing other mobility equipment onboard or if you have booked Princess transfers, pre or post hotel stays, Cruisetours or shore excursions you must complete our Mobility Questionnaire (PDF) and return it to us at least 60 days prior to sailing.
Please be advised that filing out the Mobility Questionnaire is to ensure that our Access team can properly assist you with your accessibility and mobility needs. It is not an approval or confirmation of any request, nor does it guarantee being booked into or moved to an accessible cabin. Please ensure that you discuss your cabin needs with your Travel Advisor or our Reservations department.
Princess welcomes service animals that are trained to perform tasks including the support of vision, hearing or other specific needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Note that emotional support animals are not permitted on Princess ships.
Here are some important things to know about travelling with your service animal.
- Travel Documents. Entry regulations for service animals vary by port. The regulations concerning the entry of service animals to the ports you visit vary and there are some ports where animals may not be allowed ashore. You will need to check with each country visited and obtain the necessary documents to travel. These may include vaccination records, medical certificates and other travel documents.
- You will need to bring food, equipment and supplies.
- We will provide a relief area with material onboard. The types of litter material are limited and may vary by ship.
To begin your request, write to us at [email protected] . Include your booking number, ship, sailing date with a brief description of the service animal, including the specific work or task the animal has been trained to provide.
Let’s chat about what you can expect as your plan your experiences ashore. There are varying levels of accessibility around the world. Some ports are more accessible than others, and accessible vehicles may be limited. We are here to help you navigate and deliver the best possible adventure ashore.
Getting to the ship: If you have purchased a Princess pre- or post-cruise hotel package or transfers, we will assist with arranging accessible transportation. Accessible transportation may be limited or not available in some foreign ports of call. Please be sure to submit a Mobility Questionnaire (PDF) so that we can make the appropriate arrangements for you.
Going ashore: Most ports provide easy access ashore via gangways. Due to various conditions including the steepness of the gangway, weather, shore-side facilities, tidal and sea conditions, guests using mobility devices may be required to transfer to a stair climber. Our team will guide you based on local conditions to assure your safety. For the safety of our team, crew members are only able to physically lift up to 50 pounds (22 kg).
In some ports, the ship anchors offshore and guests transfer to shore by water shuttles. When a water shuttle is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the water shuttle, if lifting in excess of the above limitation is required. Many water shuttle ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the water shuttle, they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again, the shore-side facilities, movement of the water shuttle, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude the use of the water shuttle.
The final decision to allow any guest to board a water shuttle or disembark the ship will be made by the Captain on the basis of the safety and welfare of all involved.
Water Shuttle Ports:
- Airlie Beach, Australia
- Akaroa, New Zealand
- Alta, Norway
- Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
- Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
- Bar Harbor, United States
- Bay of Islands, New Zealand
- Belize City, Belize
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Boracay, Philippines
- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Cannes, France
- Catalina Island, United States
- Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
- Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea
- Cornwall (Falmouth), United Kingdom
- Crete (Aghios Nikolaos), Greece
- Dravuni Island, Fiji
- Dublin (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland
- Easter Island, Chile
- Edinburgh (South Queensferry), United Kingdom
- Elba (Portoferraio), Italy
- Exmouth, Australia
- Falkland Islands (Stanley), Falkland Islands
- Fuerte Amador, Panama
- Geiranger, Norway
- Geraldton, Australia
- Giardini Naxos, Italy
- Gizo Island, Solomon Islands
- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Grundarfjordur, Iceland
- Guernsey (St. Peter Port), United Kingdom
- Gythion (for Sparta), Greece
- Hellesylt, Norway
- Helsingborg, Sweden
- Huahine, French Polynesia
- Ilhabela, Brazil
- Isafjordur, Iceland
- Ishigaki, Japan
- Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
- Juneau, United States
- Kaikoura, New Zealand
- Kangaroo Island, Australia
- Ketchikan, United States
- Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea
- Kitava, Papua New Guinea
- Ko Samui, Thailand
- Komodo Island, Indonesia
- Kona, United States
- Korsakov, Russian Federation
- Kotor, Montenegro
- Kumano, Japan
- Lifou, New Caledonia
- Lofoten Islands (Gravdal), Norway
- Lombok, Indonesia
- Loreto, Mexico
- Maldives (Male), Maldives
- Mare, New Caledonia
- Margaret River (Busselton), Australia
- Maui (Lahaina), United States
- Mayotte, France
- Mayreau (Saline Bay), St. Vincent / Grenadines
- Miyakojima, Japan
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Monterey, United States
- Moorea, French Polynesia
- Mystery Island, Vanuatu
- Nanortalik, Greenland
- Newport, United States
- Nha Trang, Vietnam
- Nosy Be, Madagascar
- Olden, Norway
- Phillip Island, Australia
- Phuket, Thailand
- Port Arthur, Australia
- Port Douglas, Australia
- Portofino, Italy
- Princess Cays, Bahamas
- Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
- Puerto Montt, Chile
- Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica
- Punta Arenas, Chile
- Qaqortoq, Greenland
- Rangiroa, French Polynesia
- Red Bay, Canada
- Saint Helena, United Kingdom
- San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
- Santa Barbara, United States
- Santorini, Greece
- Sardinia (Alghero), Italy
- Savusavu, Fiji
- Seychelles Islands (Praslin), Seychelles
- Seydisfjordur, Iceland
- Shetland Islands (Lerwick), United Kingdom
- Sibenik, Croatia
- Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Sitka, United States
- Sorrento, Italy
- St. Barthelemy, French Overseas Territories
- St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands
- Stewart Island, New Zealand
- Toba, Japan
- Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
- Wewak, Papua New Guinea
- Willis Island, Australia
- Yorkeys Knob (Cairns), Australia
- Zanzibar, Tanzania
Shore Excursions: As your destination experts, we offer a variety of experiences ashore. We recommend you review our shore excursion offerings and make your selections. Each excursion is noted with the level of mobility. Accessible shore excursions may not be available in some international ports, and not all port facilities are designed with accessible features. Do contact us in advance with any questions or for assistance with your accessible shore excursions. A completed Mobility Questionnaire will help guide us with these arrangements. Once onboard, our shore excursion team is available to assist with your adventures ashore.
For general questions about your cruise vacation, visit our Contact Us page .
Send Mobility Questionnaire (PDF) , requests for Sign Language Interpreters, Accessible Transfers and Shore Excursions to our Access Office. Email: [email protected]
In the event of unexpected travel delays and emergencies, please remember to bring additional prescription medication for at least 2 weeks beyond the length of the cruise. Also bring a list of the names, strengths and dosages of all medications in case refills are required.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting diarrhea. You can get norovirus from having direct contact with an infected person, consuming contaminated food or water, or touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth. There are several measures which have been placed to prevent and contain illnesses on our ships that meet or exceed standards set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The simplest way for you to stay healthy is to frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet. You’ll also find hand sanitizers located throughout the ship for your use after washing your hands. If you feel ill during your voyage, please immediately the ship’s medical team. For more information on Norovirus, visit the CDC’s website .
Information regarding required vaccinations for your cruise or cruisetour is listed on your Travel Summary (if applicable).
We recommend seasonal influenza vaccinations for all guests. Furthermore, you are strongly urged to seek advice from your healthcare provider or an approved public health advisory service to identify any specific vaccination or health precautions required for each port of call. For example, you may wish to reference the World Health Organization (WHO) or the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . Some countries strictly enforce certain health requirements, in which case you may be required to present a completed and original vaccination certificate. Failure to present appropriate vaccination documentation at embarkation will result in guests being denied boarding.
IMPORTANT: Vaccination requirements vary by destination and do change from time to time. Guests should check with their Travel Advisor or contact the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to verify current regulations.
COVID-19 vaccination may be required for your cruise during, and after the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please refer to the latest local public health authority guidelines.
*This information is provided as general guidance. Because governmental and medical vaccination requirements and recommendations change periodically you must check with your Travel Advisor, government authorities for the countries you will visit and/or medical professionals to determine or verify the actual requirements and recommendations at the time of sailing. Princess assumes no liability for the guest's failure to do so.
Guests undergoing dialysis should be aware that our ships’ medical facilities are similar to those of an urgent care center. While we do have trained medical professionals on board, they are not equipped to provide specialized care for dialysis patients. Should an emergency situation arise during your cruise, it is recommended that you be prepared to provide a complete list of medical conditions, medications, and allergies to the medical center.
Although we strongly recommend against undertaking the risks involved, Princess Cruises will allow a guest requiring peritoneal or hemodialysis to travel on our ships at the guest’s own risk . It is recommended that a guest requiring dialysis consults with his or her nephrologist prior to making travel arrangements. You should be stable on your dialysis treatments for a period of at least 12 months prior to sailing.
- Among the many recognized risks to dialysis patients are:
- Cardiac tamponade
- Congestive heart failure
Recognized risks associated with hemodialysis used in the treatment of kidney failure include but are not limited to:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Clotting of the vascular access
- Muscle cramps
Before booking a cruise, the treating nephrologist should consider carefully the following:
- There is no nephrologist available on any of the Princess cruise ships for dialysis patients.
- Ships are not equipped with back-up battery support for dialysis related equipment.
- A guest may be at sea for several days without any immediate hospital and/or specialist back up, and if the itinerary is not within the U.S., the availability of specialized shore side facilities can be extremely limited.
The risks to the guest who misses an appointed treatment are very serious, with little recourse available while at sea. The guest assumes these risks when a ship is prevented from entering a planned port of call for any reason.
Guests are expected to make all arrangements regarding dialysis, whether self-administered on board or at a shoreside facility. Environmental Officers can assure that dialysis waste disposal policies are followed, including providing the stateroom with a closed lid waste receptacle lined with a bio-hazardous bag for care of bags or pouches of bio-hazardous waste.
Finally, you should be aware that there are charges associated with being treated in the medical facility during your cruise, and that ordinary trip travel interruption insurance does not generally cover such treatment costs if you require medical consultation or treatment. An itemized bill will be provided which can be submitted to the guest’s health insurance company after the required treatment is charged to the onboard account.
If you will require oxygen supplementation during your sailing, please contact our Health Services Team by emailing [email protected] . You will be asked to send a letter or prescription from your doctor. You will also be required to let us know the type of equipment you will be using and whether you will be bringing your own supplies or if you will be having the equipment delivered to the ship.
Pregnant women are not allowed to sail if they are entering the 24th week of their pregnancy by the last day of the cruise.
All pregnant women are required to produce a physician’s letter stating that mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel and the pregnancy is not high risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery (EDD) calculated from both Last Menstrual Period (LMP) and ultrasound (if performed).
Please ensure you have your doctor’s letter with you when you embark.
Restrictions or precautions may apply to pregnant guests, during the COVID-19 Pandemic – please review the COVID-19 section.
If you will be using sharps of any kind, including needles, lancets, or blades, for your safety and the safety of others you must utilize a sharps container . To dispose of sharps while on board, request a sharps container from your stateroom steward.
Before You Leave for Your Cruise
Complete the pre-boarding OceanReady® steps and access Cruise Personalizer to book shore excursions, onboard reservations such as Lotus Spa and much more!
OceanReady® QR code and Luggage Tags
If you’ve completed the required OceanReady® steps and have your Medallion® device, you can expect a streamlined embarkation.
If you have not received your Medallion wearable ahead of time, you will be asked to show your OceanReady QR code to terminal personnel during the health screening process and once again at check-in. This code can be accessed through the MedallionClass® app on your smart device. To streamline the check-in process, we ask that you print your OceanReady QR code. Your OceanReady QR code only becomes available once you complete your health questionnaire and accept passage contract and acceptances.
Please remember to have your Medallion device, mobile device with the MedallionClass® app downloaded, and your luggage tags when you get to the terminal.
Printing your luggage tags is fast and easy! Beginning 75 days prior to sailing, you can print your luggage tags once the booking is paid in full and we’ve been provided with all your guest immigration information and credit card registration.
Simply log-in to Cruise Personalizer® to access and print this information!
Age Requirements/Traveling with Children
Age requirements Guests under the age of 21 years must travel in a stateroom with a guest 21 years or older who shall assume responsibility for their care during the cruise. For family groups booking multiple staterooms, the minimum age for each stateroom is 16 years of age, provided they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian. We are unable to accept group reservations for student or youth groups that do not conform to our minimum age requirements. Each guest agrees and warrants that he/she will supervise any guest in his/her care at all times to ensure all policies, along with all other rules of the Carrier and ship, are strictly adhered to by all guests under their supervision.
Passport requirement when minors travel with one adult on voyages governed by the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (includes travel within Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico & United States)
When minors (any guest under the age of 18) are traveling with only one adult 21 years of age or older, Princess requires that all guests possess a valid passport. Carrier has implemented this requirement so that your party remains together should an emergency arise that requires one or more in your party to disembark in a non-U.S. port. Carrier cannot guarantee that all members of your party are allowed to disembark with just a WHTI-compliant document or birth certificate. Failure to present a valid passport for all guests traveling together results in denial of boarding without refund of the of the cruise or cruisetour fare.
Minimum Age Requirements: Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail. Children must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail on trans-ocean crossings and remote itineraries, where there are more than 2 consecutive sea days.
Cruisetours: The minimum age for escorted cruisetours is 5 years.
Car seats US and Canadian regulations require that children up to the age of 8 years old may be required to travel in a car seat, booster seat or other child restraint system. When being transported by car, taxi, limo, van or shuttle, it is your responsibility to know the regulations and provide the applicable child restraint system.
Infants/Young Children and Swimming Pools Parents/guardians are reminded to bring their children dressed in appropriate attire with towel and sunscreen. Youth staff will not conduct children's activities in the adult or splash pools. Parents must supervise their children at all times when using the pools. Infants and young children in diapers and/or swim diapers, and children who are not toilet trained are NOT permitted in any of the pools or spas due to public health concerns.
Our policy is strictly observed on board and is intended for the public health safety of all guests.
Documents for guests under the age of 18 Several countries require special documentation for children traveling with only one parent or with neither parent; these requirements are subject to change without notice. Many foreign countries require any single parent or guardian to bring a permission slip for the minor to travel abroad. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the proper documents for all of the countries that you will visit. Please verify requirements with the consulates of the countries visited prior to your cruise.
For guests under 21 years of age or those who are traveling with children, please note:
- Entry into the disco after 10 p.m. is limited to guests 18 years and over. Be sure to check with the Youth and Teen Centers for special dance parties designed for kids and teens.
- Children who are toilet-trained and accompanied by a parent or guardian are permitted in the sauna and hot tub(s) unless otherwise specified.
- Guests under the age of 13 are allowed in the evening entertainment show lounges if they are with their parent or guardian.
- In line with domestic U.S. age limits, as well as our company policy, the casino, cash prize bingo and horse racing are reserved for guests 18 years and older. Picture identification may be requested.
- Guests under the age of 18 are prohibited from purchasing cigarettes or tobacco products while on board.
Youth programs Princess offers our Camp Discovery Youth Program, where your little ones will have engaging, supervised activities designed specifically for them. The Treehouse (for ages 3-7) and The Lodge (for ages 8-12) give kids the chance to enjoy everything from arts and crafts, game tables, movies, and more.
Children are welcome on all Princess ships, facilities vary.
Don’t miss the orientation and registration meeting on the first night of your cruise. You and your children can meet the Youth and Teen staff and learn more about our exciting shipboard programs. Parents are always welcome to join their children in the Youth and Teen Centers.
ADDITIONAL REMINDERS Children under 3 are not permitted in the Youth Center unless accompanied by a parent at all times. Youth counselors cannot administer medication, bottle-feed, change diapers, or provide meal service. Private in-cabin babysitting is not available on any Princess ship. All children participating in the Youth Program must be potty-trained. Children who are not potty-trained are not permitted in hot tub or pool facilities.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Princess welcomes all children and teens ages 3-17 to participate in our programs. Let our counselors know of all medical and/or special needs for your children. We will make every effort to accommodate them. Please be advised that Princess Youth counselors do not offer individual one-on-one supervision.
JUST FOR TEENS And for cruisers age 13-17, we have The Beach House, a contemporary surf-themed lounge just for teens. The Beach House offers teens a range of activities including teen only dance parties, sports tournaments and talent shows. Or, have fun meeting other teens with the Dating Game. Those seeking a creative retreat will enjoy hip-hop dance classes, T-shirt painting, casino nights, mocktails, pizza parties or special teen-only dinners.
During voyages with a high number of families on board, we will make all efforts to accommodate interested parties. However, participation in our program cannot be guaranteed. Hours of operation may change to better serve our guests.
Pre-pay your Crew Appreciation
For your convenience, if your fare did not include pre-paid crew appreciation, we're pleased to offer you the ability to pre-pay the crew appreciation that is included in your folio on board at the end of your cruise. You can also utilize this service as a gift for someone else who may be cruising.
To simplify the tipping process for our guests, a discretionary crew appreciation of $16.50 per guest for suites, $15.50 per guest for mini-suites and $14.50 per guest (including children) in all other staterooms, per day, is automatically added to your shipboard account on a daily basis. The crew appreciation is a daily (adjustable) amount added to your onboard account and pooled in order to recognize the many crew members in the Bar, Dining, Entertainment, Housekeeping, Guest Services, Galley and Onboard Revenue areas and entertainment areas throughout our fleet who contribute to the guest experience.
To take advantage of this service, login to Cruise Personalizer to pre-pay online , or simply call 0344 338 8663 and reference Special Service Item #0591. Pre-payment is available up to 2 days prior to departure.
Pre-pay Beverage Packages
Pre-paying beverage packages offer a great way to save time at embarkation, if one was not included in your fare. From a bottle of wine to beer specials to our Plus Beverage Package* option that features cocktails, fountain sodas and bottled water, there's a beverage package to quench every thirst.
To take advantage of pre-payment, login to Cruise Personalizer to pre-pay online , or simply call 1-855-500-7690. Pre-payment is available up to 3 days prior to departure.
*Please note: Beverage Packages are calculated based on the total number of days of your cruise. Plus Beverage Package does not include bottles of wine; however, wine is available at a 25% discount from the menu price when purchased from bar or dining room locations by guests with a Plus Beverage Package.
Package is NOT available for purchase within 3 days of sailing and is NOT available for voyages 2 nights or fewer. Package must be purchased for full length of voyage, cannot be shared, is non-transferable, and is non-refundable within 3 days of sailing. Alcoholic drinks are limited to 15 beverages per 24 hour period (non-alcoholic beverages do not have this limitation).
Pre-reserving Lotus Spa Appointments
The Lotus Spa offers a tranquil environment where you can renew your mind and body with restorative spa therapies from around the world.
To help you unwind, the Lotus Spa offers a full range of personalized spa treatments, including hair and beauty services, massage, sensuous wraps, aroma therapies and even teeth whitening.
Spa advance reservations are accepted between 120 to 7 days prior to departure. Guests must be 18 years or older to indulge in any body treatments and at least 16 years of age to utilize the fitness facilities. Other Spa services are available to guests 13 years and older when accompanied by an adult.
Booking Shore Excursions
Book a shore excursion with Princess® to make the most of your time ashore in your destination. Princess offers a variety of experiences perfect for those visiting a port for the first time, experienced cruisers, families, and more. We offer excursions focused on sightseeing, culture & history activities & adventure, and nature & wildlife – many endorsed by our partners, Discovery and Animal Planet. You can book your shore excursion online with Cruise Personalizer® when you book your cruise and up to 5 days before you depart. Please note, unless otherwise specified, shore excursions are advertised and booked in US Dollars. Learn more about our ports and excursions .
Guests with disabilities should email the Access Office for assistance with accessible shore excursions. The Access Office works in partnership with our Shore Excursion department who will assist and advise you directly of your options. Please be advised that accessible shore excursions may not be available in some international ports.
Ship Deck Plans
We make it easy for you to get to know your ship, so that you can start your vacation on the right foot. With interactive deck plans and virtual tours, you’ll be able to see your ship before you board.
Port Driving Directions
Visit our Cruise Ports & Hotels page for general port information (including driving directions to the port) and hotel packages.
- Travel & Transportation
Before you board, make your vacation as seamless as possible with some helpful details on booking flights, transfers and port driving directions.
If you purchase a Princess airport-to-ship transfer, you’ll be met by a uniformed Princess representative at the embarkation port airport.
For domestic U.S. flights, you’ll be met near the luggage claim area. For international flights, you’ll be met as you exit the secure customs area. Make sure you claim all your luggage prior to exiting the luggage claim area.
From the airport, you’ll be transferred to your ship or hotel. But if you haven’t purchased your air travel arrangements from Princess, you must provide us with flight details prior to purchasing your transfer.
And if you require special assistance, be aware that lift-equipped transportation may not be available in your port of embarkation or disembarkation. Arrangements must be secured in advance to accommodate your needs.
For transfer arrangement details, please contact your travel agent, call 1-800-PRINCESS or visit Cruise Personalizer® .
For the latest information regarding what to bring, what to leave at home, and what to generally expect while traveling, please visit the Transportation Security Administration website .
For current travel warnings issued by the State Department for countries Americans should avoid, please visit the U.S. Department of State website .
For general travel information issued by the State Department, please visit the U.S. Department of State website .
Book Air Travel
We are pleased to offer Princess EZair℠ program, featuring low prices with flexible fares that can be changed up to 45 days prior to departure with no fee. † Princess EZair offers real-time, competitively-priced flights that are customized to when and where you sail. It also offers Late Arrival Protection – something not offered by other major air booking websites.
- Flights That Fit Your Cruise – Get personalized suggestions based on when and where you sail.
- Low Fares on Flights – Access fares lower than most public prices. We pass the exclusive savings we enjoy because of the high volume of flights we sell on to you. See for yourself!
- Flexibility to Change Flights – Cancel flexible airfare up to 45 days prior to departure with no fees. Plus, book flights now with no amount due until cruise final payment.
- Same Day Late Arrival Protection – Rest easy that you'll make your cruise if flights are delayed or canceled on the day of travel and get home if you miss flights because of your cruise or transfer.
- Getting flight quotes is simple – Visit princess.com (1. Find a Cruise 2. Select "View Details" 3. Select "Flight Quotes"), contact us or ask your Travel Advisor about Princess EZair.
If you have not booked a cruise yet, search for cruises and airfare.
†No charge penalty until 45 days prior to departure for Flexible fares only. Restricted fares are non-refundable and must be paid in full at the time of booking.
Seat assignments are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice due to schedule changes, equipment changes or other unforeseen circumstances. Princess has no control over seat assignments, and any changes are at the discretion of the airline. We recommend that guests contact the airline(s) directly, once you receive your air notification, to request specific seats.
Flight Guidelines for Non Princess Flight Guests
Princess Cruises has established the following air flight guidelines for guests who choose to purchase air from a source other than Princess. Please select the port(s) of embarkation and/or disembarkation from the list below to view the air flight guidelines.
The times listed below are subject to change.
- Beijing (for Tianjin)
- Buenos Aires
- Ft. Lauderdale
- Keelung (Taipei)
- Kobe, Japan
- Le Havre (CDG Airport)
- London (Dover)
- London (Southampton)
- Los Angeles
- Nagoya, Japan
- New York City
- Osaka, Japan
- Perth (Fremantle)
- Quebec City
- Rio de Janeiro
- Rome (Civitavecchia)
- San Francisco
- Santiago (Valparaiso/San Antonio)
- St. Petersburg, Russia
- Warnemunde, Germany
- Yokohama, Japan
Flight or Weather Delays Contact Numbers
If you encounter unforeseen flight or weather-related delays, you’ll need to advise accordingly:
- If you have booked EZair, please contact the Princess En Route Desk for assistance with rebooking options.
- If you have made independent flight arrangements and have not booked Princess Vacation Protection, please contact the Princess En Route Desk so they can inform the ship of your delays.
Princess En Route Desk Contact Info:
- Within the U.S. or Canada, please call 1-800-545-0008.
- Outside of the U.S. or Canada, please call 1-661-284-4410.
- Within Australia, please call 13 24 88.
If you have booked Princess Vacation Protection and have made independent flight arrangements (have not booked EZair) call the travel assistance provider under the plan:
- Within the U.S. or Canada: 1-877-303-5909.
- Outside of the U.S. or Canada, call collect: 1-516-342-4594.
- What To Pack for a Cruise
Items you may need to pack to make your time with Princess the best vacation ever!
You should dress for a cruise with Princess the same way you would for any stylish land-based resort.
Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants, sundresses, will keep you feeling fresh and looking your best while at sea and ashore in hotter climates.
We recommend you bring a sweater, a jacket or an all-weather coat for cool evenings, and for shore excursions, depending on your destination. Due to unpredictable weather, don't forget a hat or visor and a collapsible umbrella. Please be sure to bring proper clothing for visits to religious sites. You'll also want low-heeled, rubbersoled shoes for strolling on deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals to wear.
Princess makes it easy to know what to pack and what to wear when you’re dining on board our spectacular ships. There are two designations for dress codes: Smart Casual and Formal.
Smart Casual Guest attire should be in keeping with what they would wear to a nice restaurant at home.
- Skirts/dresses, slacks, blouses, and sweaters for women
- Pants and collared or dress shirts for men
Pool or beach attire, shorts, ball caps or jeans with fraying and/or holes are not welcomed in the dining room. Shoes must be worn.
Formal When formal nights are held, please observe the dress code in the dining venues for the enjoyment of all our guests.
- Evening gown, cocktail dress or elegant pant suit for women
- Tuxedo, dark suit or dinner jacket and slacks for men
Packing for Your Cruise
Follow these important luggage reminders:
- Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
- Many domestic airline carriers now impose excess baggage fees for one or more bags and bags weighing over 50 lbs., so check with your carrier regarding weight restrictions.
- Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
- All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
- On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
- Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
As provided in the Passage Contract, on the day of embarkation, guests are permitted to bring one 750ml bottle of wine or champagne on board per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in your stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a US$20/AU$30 (depending on shipboard currency) corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Liquor, spirits, or beers are not permitted. Please remember that luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded.*
Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from The Shops of Princess, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the guest's stateroom on the last day of the cruise. A member of the ship's staff will be at the gangway to assist guests with the storage of their shoreside alcoholic purchases while The Shops of Princess staff will assist guests with shipboard alcoholic purchases.
*Princess is not responsible for any alcoholic beverages removed and discarded by shoreside security staff. Such items are not eligible for monetary refund or replacement. Guests found with prohibited items, including alcohol outside of the policy, may need to collect their luggage at a security checkpoint on board.
We strongly recommend you hand-carry all valuables and breakables, including jewelry, electronics and cameras as well as any medications. Please read the Passage Contract for limitations and responsibilities for lost items and baggage.
- Shore Excursions
Exploring destinations around the world is one of the highlights of your vacation, and the best way to do this is on a Princess Cruises Shore Excursion.
Our primary concern at Princess is your health, safety and security. We are in continuous contact with authorities concerning any travel advisories that might impact our cruises.
If the U.S. State Department advises against travel to specific locations we visit, we would make the necessary changes to the published itinerary. Although such itinerary changes occur infrequently, please understand that these changes are for your own safety and security and are beyond our control.
We remind all of our guests that they must ultimately assume responsibility for their actions while ashore. In this regard, we would like to remind you of some common sense precautions when visiting ports-of-call:
- Stay in the normal tourist areas and don’t travel to out-of-the-way places without the benefit of a guided tour.
- Do not leave any of your belongings unattended in public areas.
- Be generally aware of people and activities around you.
- Do not accept packages from anyone you don’t know personally.
- Keep a low profile–dress and behave conservatively.
- Be careful when eating and drinking ashore.
We will always adhere to local guidelines and protocols regarding the health and safety of our guests and crew.
We thank you in advance for following these recommendations, which we believe will enhance the enjoyment of your cruise.
Cancellation of Pre-Paid Shore Excursions:
If you have pre-paid a shore excursion and wish to cancel, the following shall also apply:
If a pre-paid shore excursion is cancelled five (5) days or more prior to sailing a refund of the pre-paid amount will be made in one of the following ways:
If there is a shore excursion balance for the guest named on the reservation being cancelled then the pre-paid amount shall be applied to this balance.
- If there is no shore excursion balance for the guest named on the reservation being cancelled then the pre-paid amount will be refunded to the credit card used to pre-pay the shore excursion. All refunds will be processed in due course, but delays should be anticipated. Please allow sufficient time for us to manage this process and know we are doing everything in our power to expedite where possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
If a pre-paid shore excursion is not cancelled within the above time frame or is cancelled during the voyage prior to the "Closing Time for Cancellation" listed for the particular excursion you wish to cancel, then the pre-paid amount will be refunded to the guest named on the pre-paid reservation as a shipboard credit on this guest's shipboard folio. Please note this is done regardless of which guest pre-paid for the shore excursion.
Cancellation of Pre-Reserved Shore Excursions
Due to the nature of excursions involving hotel accommodations, flights and private vehicles, these excursions are not refundable after the closing date, which is 30 days prior to sailing.
Due to the limited capacity and high demand for helicopter flights, any excursion involving a helicopter flight is not refundable unless cancelled no later than 12:00pm on the day after embarkation.
For other excursions in each port of call, a "Closing Time for Cancellations" is listed on the Shore Excursion Order Form found in your stateroom. This is the time when the bookings for the excursions in that port close and we notify the local operators of the final excursion requirements. You may cancel an excursion if it is prior to the closing time whether you reserve an excursion in advance of the cruise or book on board. However, we cannot cancel an excursion if it is past this closing time, nor will we refund an excursion on which you have reserved but do not to attend.
Cancellation of Alaska Land Excursions
Alaska Land Excursions, purchased through the Cruise Personalizer, may be cancelled up to three days prior to travel without any cancellation fees. Land Excursions cancelled prior to the cancellation deadline will be refunded to the credit card that you provided in the Cruise Personalizer to purchase your tours. Excursions cancelled within three (3) days prior travel are subject to a 100% cancellation fee, unless the operator, at their sole discretion, is unable to operate the program due to unforeseen circumstances. All sales of tours booked while on your land tour are considered final at the time of purchase and are 100% non-refundable except in the case of an operator approved cancellation.
Multiple Excursions in One Port
If you choose to book more than one excursion in a single day, please allow at least 60 minutes between each excursion. All excursions depart from, and return to, the cruise ship pier. By scheduling in this manner, you will have sufficient time to take multiple excursions.
Tipping on Excursions
Tipping is a discretionary matter. It is, however, customary around the world, if one is pleased with their excursion, to tip the guide.
Here are suggested ranges (in U.S. dollars) to assist you in determining what amount is appropriate:
Please extend any tips on an individual basis, not as a group.
One very important feature of taking an excursion organized by Princess is that we closely monitor the departures and returns of all excursions. Therefore, our ships do not sail until all of our organized excursion transportation has returned, so you can be assured that you won't miss the ship. Please keep in mind that when you make your own arrangements in port, or if you leave an organized excursion, we will no longer be aware of your whereabouts; so be sure to schedule yourself with ample time to return to the ship before it sails.
All excursions are operated by local, independent companies and not by Princess. We selected only the most reputable companies available to provide your excursions. The companies providing your excursions are selected by Princess based on their excellent reputation for service and safety.
Children’s Excursion Pricing
Select excursions offer child pricing. Our reservation system will automatically apply a child rate if one is available on eligible tours when you make your reservation. Once on board, check your excursion tickets to ensure you have received the correct number of child tickets. If you have received the incorrect number of child tickets, visit the Shore Excursion Desk as soon as possible to make any necessary adjustments. Child prices are not available for excursions involving flights or hotel stays. Toddlers aged 2 and younger sitting on a parent's lap (not occupying a seat), are not charged for most excursions. If a parent would like their infant to occupy a seat or would like to utilize a safety seat, the parent must purchase an excursion ticket for the infant at the published excursion price. Parents are also responsible for bringing a safety seat for their child.
Excursion Age Restrictions
For most excursions, there is no minimum age for children as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guests under the age of 18 years cannot participate without a parent or guardian. A few operators may allow an unaccompanied minor on an excursion if a waiver is signed by the parent or guardian in the operator’s presence.
All excursions include local English-speaking guides except for "On Your Own" excursions and where otherwise noted.
Where possible, time for shopping has been allowed within the framework of some excursions. However, excursions are not primarily designed for shopping, and time allowed for this purpose may be limited.
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