|Documents to prepare||Health Formalities|
DOCUMENTS TO SHOW
Depending on your destination, you will need your boarding pass as well as a valid ID card or passport for all travellers, including infants. This measure applies to travel within France and to European Union countries or to those for which the Schengen Convention has entered into force.
As far as the French overseas departments and territories are concerned, a valid national identity card is sufficient for a French citizen to travel to an overseas department or community. However, it is desirable to hold a valid passport to leave the airport area of a foreign country in the event of an unforeseen stopover during the journey.
In some cases, a visa is also required. Also, before departure, take the precaution of checking carefully with the diplomatic or consular services of your destination country to find out what documents and formalities are required.
In order to avoid the influx of requests for renewal of identity cards (CNI) or passports leading to waiting periods incompatible with the dates of your trip, we advise you:
- check the expiry dates of ID or passports in your possession well in advance and to surrender,
- in the event that a renewal is necessary:
- to the town hall of your residence for an application for a ID.
or in one of the town halls equipped with biometric stations for a passport application*.
Please note that it is recommended that you always apply at least one month before the date of travel for which this document is required. Renewal may be requested within three months before the expiry date of the document.
For all passengers, the following substitutes for identity papers are not accepted: family booklets, residence cards, declarations of loss or theft of gendarmerie/police identity papers and driving licences.
TIGHTER BORDER CONTROLS
Since 7 April 2017, as part of the strengthening of external controls at the borders of the European Union, all travellers entering and leaving the Schengen area are now subject to systematic and thorough border controls.
This control includes :
- verification of the authenticity of the travel document presented in order to prevent any attempt at falsification or usurpation
- consultation of national, European and international databases to ensure that the person is not the subject of an alert form
In the event of accident or illness during a stay abroad, if you have not taken out special insurance, the costs of medical repatriation are your responsibility.
Before your departure, remember to take out insurance with an insurance company. In general, your travel agency will offer it for charter flights.
For certain destinations, the health authorities require you to consult your vaccination record before you can enter the country. This is the case for countries in Africa, Central and South America and Asia.
Practical: To find out about health formalities and complete, up-to-date information on the health status of your destination, consult the Medical Information Committee's website: www.cimed.org.
For any additional information, please contact an approved vaccination centre.
- Poitiers University Hospital
- Infectious Diseases Department
- Consultations and Vaccines Secretariat
Tel : +33 (0)5 49 44 38 26
If not, find out :
- with your doctor
- with your airline
- at the Direction Départementale aux Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales (Departmental Directorate of Health and Social Affairs) +33 (0)2 40 12 80 00
Please note: animals are also subject to certain health requirements. Think in particular of the anti-rabies vaccination of your dogs and cats.
REMEMBER THAT IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK IN ADVANCE THAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH FORMALITIES ARE IN ORDER.