French passport

French passport

French passports are issued to nationals of the French Republic for the purpose of international travel. Besides serving as indication of French citizenship (but not proof; the possession of a French passport only establishes the presumption of French citizenship according to French law), they facilitate the process of securing assistance from French consular officials abroad or other EU-members in case a French consular is absent, if needed. French passports are valid for ten years.

Physical Appearance

French passports are Bordeaux-red, with the French Coat of arms emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The word "PASSEPORT" (English: "Passport") is inscribed below the coat of arms and "Union européenne" (English: "European Union"), "République française" (English: "French Republic") above. The “e-passport” cover has the biometric symbol at the bottom. French passports use the standard EU design, with the standard passport containing 36 pages.

Identity Information Page

The French Passport includes the following data:

* Photo of Passport Holder
* Type (P)
* Code (FRA)
* Passport No.
* Surname (1)
* Given Names (2)
* Nationality (3)
* Date of Birth (4)
* Sex (5)
* Place of Birth (6)
* Date of Issue (7)
* Date of Expiry (8)
* Authority (9)
* Holder's Signature (10)
* Height (12)
* Colour of Eyes (13)
* Residence (15) - Page 36

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.


The data page is printed in English and French.

Visa-free Travel

According to a study done by Henley & Partners, France has a Henley Visa Restrictions Index of 128, which means that French citizens enjoy visa-free access to 128 countries and territories for short-term tourism visits. France is ranked 3rd in the study in terms of international travel freedom.


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A valid passport valid 6 month after day of departure is often required1RT = Return TicketM = Money covering the stayI = Invitation letterP = PhotoA = Accommodation confirmationTI = Travel insuranceIV = International Vaccination Record
* Passport without Israeli stamp/visa

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