What Changes for Travel to France in 2024/25: EES, ETIAS, €7 Visa fees?



What Changes for Travel to France in 2024/25: EES, ETIAS, €7 Visa fees?

The EU is set to introduce two new travel systems in 2024 and 2025 (initially proposed for 2023)  that will affect second-home owners and those travelling to France. Here’s what you need to know about the Entry and Exit System (EES) and the EU Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS).

What changes about travel to France in 2024/25?

Two new systems will come into use to help improve security and border controls at the EU’s external borders. The EES or Entry and Exit System (“Le système d’entrée-sortie” in French), is an electronic passport monitoring system designed to track visitors to the EU under the 90/180-day rule and eliminate the need for human passport checks and passport stamps. This will affect all travellers coming in and out of France, regardless of your visa or residency status.

The ETIAS or EU Travel Information & Authorisation System (‘Système européen d’autorisation et d’information concernant les voyages’ in French) is a new online visa application service that will become obligatory for all non-EU residents in order to travel to France using the 90/180-day rule. This will only affect non-EU citizens who do not have a long-stay visa or residency card for France.

What is the EES, and how will it affect travellers to France?

The EES was set to come into operation in May 2023, but is now expected to be introduced in late 2024, after the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics. While this won’t change anything in terms of the 90/180-day rule itself, it aims to make the whole process easier, more secure, and less vulnerable to mistakes. Currently, while electronic records are kept of passport movements, the 90/180-day rule is primarily policed using physical stamps in your passport – your passport should be stamped on entry into the Schengen area and on departure. However, with reports of some passports not being stamped or even stamped incorrectly (especially for EU residents who shouldn’t have their passports stamped), this system has inevitably led to difficulties for certain travellers.

The EES will replace the current system of physical passport checks and stamping by border guards with an electronic swipe-in/swipe-out system. These will be similar to the biometric passport scanners already in use at many airports, but they will register extra details such as your immigration status (for those resident in the EU or travelling with a long-stay visa) and how many days you have left of your 90/180-day allowance, as well as flagging any overstayed visas or other border/immigration offences.

These checks would only be in place at the external borders of the EU, so you wouldn’t need to swipe your passport when travelling between countries within the Schengen zone.

What about non-EU citizens resident in France?

The European Commission has stated that these scanners will only be required for non-residents. If you are resident in the EU, you will be able to use the in-person passport control desks and simply present your residency card as is already the procedure. More details on this will likely be released closer to the time.

How does EES affect the 90/180-day rule?

It’s important to note that the EES Entry and Exit System doesn’t in any way change the 90/180-day rule itself. It only changes the way in which your passport will be monitored upon entering and leaving the EU, reducing the risk of erroneous passport stamps.

For most travellers, this should be a welcome change, as many (especially UK travellers since Brexit) have reported issues with the stamp system over the past year. However, for anyone hoping to flout the rules or ‘get away’ with overstaying their 90-day allowance, this system will make it much harder (if not impossible) to do so.

What is the ETIAS, and how will it affect travellers to France?

*NOTE: As of Oct 2023, the EU Commission has now pushed back the introduction of the ETIAS until “mid-2025” – we will update this article when we learn more.

The ETIAS is set to come into operation in 2025 and will see a much larger change to the EU’s travel policy. ETIAS will affect all non-EU citizens, including travellers from the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, who intend to travel to France or another EU country under the 90/180-day rule.

It will not affect those travelling to France with a long-stay visa, EU citizens travelling to the EU, or anyone in possession of an EU residency card (such as a French Carte de Séjour or Titre de Séjour).

The 90/180-day rule itself will remain unchanged; however, the process will no longer be free from administration, and you will no longer simply be able to show up and be granted entry at the border. Instead, ETIAS will require an online application prior to travel, similar to the ESTA short-stay visa system in the United States. Travellers will fill out the online application and, once authorisation is granted, will be able to travel to and from the EU under the rules of the 90/180-day rule. Travellers are advised to apply within 72 hours of travel, but authorisation will generally be issued within minutes.

Further details of the system will likely be announced closer to the time.

Is France Going to Start Charging for 90-Day Tourist Visas?

Yes, there will be a €7 fee for each short-stay visa application made under the ETIAS system. The ETIAS application will be free for all travellers under the age of 18 or over the age of 70. However, this fee will not be charged for every trip – instead, one ETIAS authorisation will be valid for three years. Travellers will be able to travel to and from the EU as many times as they like within that three-year period, providing they stay within the limits of the 90/180-day rule. When it expires, a new application must be filed, and a further €7 fee will be charged.

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    2024-04-26 11:57:44
    I am 80 and have a 32year relationship with a French woman almost 90 and housebound living alone I visit for 30 days return to UK for 30 days and repeat I divide 180 days into 3 x 30 day stays and repeat A total of 6 stays in a year IS THIS A CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF THE 90/180 DAY RULE? What happens if transport strike delays departure ? At our age death can occur at any time We have arranged to be buried together Can 90/180 day rule allow for death?


    2024-01-28 11:35:40
    As a second home owner in France I have had to apply every year for a six month temporary long stay visa through TLS Manchester. This process has been tortuous in the extreme. I would like to know why it is necessary that my fingerprints and biometric details plus paper evidence of second home ownership and proof of income etc is required each time I apply for a long stay visa. This is simply duplication of data which TLS already have taken. Surely taking these details over and over again is unnecessary. Surely TLS and the French Visa Department could make application easier and more streamlined if these requirements were not needed on each application.


  •  Property for sale Marlborough Sounds
    2023-04-27 07:43:17
    Property for sale Marlborough Sounds
    Great article on the upcoming changes for travel to France in 2023! The introduction of the EES, ETIAS and E7 visa fees will no doubt affect many travelers, and it's helpful to have all the information laid out so clearly. It's great to see that the French government is taking steps to ensure the safety and security of visitors, and I'm looking forward to seeing how these changes will be implemented.


  • Robinson
    2023-04-02 05:34:42
    Hi there! Thank you for sharing this insightful article about the changes for travel to France in 2023. As an AI language model, I don't get to travel much, but I always enjoy reading about travel-related news and updates. It's interesting to see how the requirements for traveling to France are changing in the near future. The introduction of the EES and ETIAS systems and the E7 visa will certainly make the travel process more streamlined and secure. It's great to know that these changes will benefit not only the travelers but also the French authorities in terms of better border control and security measures. I was also intrigued by the information about the increased visa fees, especially for the long-stay visa. While it may seem like a significant expense for travelers, I can see how it would help cover the costs of the new systems being implemented. However, I do hope that the French authorities will provide clear information and guidance to travelers about the visa application process, including any additional documents required, to avoid any confusion or delays. Overall, this article provides valuable information for anyone planning to travel to France in the near future. Thank you for sharing these updates and keeping us informed about the changes in the travel industry.


  •  Waikonini Homestead
    2023-03-06 03:20:07
    Waikonini Homestead
    The article discusses the changes that travelers can expect when visiting France in 2023. The article provides information about the new EES and ETIAS requirements, as well as the new E7 visa. The article is helpful for those planning to visit France and want to ensure they have all the necessary documentation.


  •  Jet Skiing Dubai
    2023-03-02 05:11:16
    Jet Skiing Dubai
    This article provides up-to-date information on the new visa criteria and fees for visiting. This article has done its homework and gives lots of specifics about the alterations. However, readers who have no immediate plans to visit France may find the article to be of little use. Overall, this article is helpful if you're thinking about visiting.


  •  Anthony
    2022-12-13 02:32:33
    Will the modifications have an effect on the French overseas territories? Will I still have my passport stamped when I journey to Tahiti or Bora Bora?


    • Zoë Smith
      2022-12-13 15:28:02
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Anthony, We don't have all the details of the new system yet, we will keep you updated as we learn more. However, as I understand it, the idea is to do away with passport stamps related to the 90/180 day rule altogether and have this information be registered automatically. Best regards, Zoe


  •  Metford Briggs
    2022-11-23 09:45:10
    Metford Briggs
    We have had gites in France for 24 Years, and because of Brexit are now restricted to a very short letting season (90 day total stay , instead of our normal 180 days .) Would we be able to apply for a V L S - T visiteur. If so when would we be allowed to apply for it . ? Thanks Metford and Angela Briggs.


  •  David Turner
    2022-11-17 06:28:07
    David Turner
    What is a long stay visa and what length of stay covered ?How do you apply ?


  •  Mark Eagers
    2022-11-16 12:06:23
    Mark Eagers
    Dear Zoe, Thank you for this helpful article. As ever I find your magazine very helpful and it keeps me calmer following Brexit. Do you whether it is possible to get a visa that enables us to stay in France for more than 90/180 days as we want to stay in our house for longer during the summer months. It would not affect the 180 days for tax purposes regulation over a year. Best wishes and keep up the good work, Mark Eagers


  •  Tony Holmes
    2022-11-16 03:20:45
    Tony Holmes
    This is a useful article. But - it assumes people know what the 90/180 rule is?!


  • Peter Stonehouse
    2022-11-15 10:31:24
    Peter Stonehouse
    I’ve heard that a spouse of an EU passport holder doesn’t need to have their passport stamped on entry and exit whilst travelling together; ie are exempt from the 90/180 day rule; is this correct, and if so how to pass border control?