Passport or Visa, formalities

Before going on a trip abroad,many formalities must be taken into account, especially those concerning the identity title.

Also essential, the purchase of your travel insurance before leaving, we can never say it enough but the unexpected that can ruin your trip or even worse does not only happen to others …

Regarding the right identity document to take with you, it depends on your holiday destination. For a European citizen, if you are travelling within the European Union you can travel with a national identity card or a valid passport. However, as soon as you leave the EU you need your passport or even an entry visa. Be aware that it can take several weeks to obtain one of these IDs. Therefore, it is important toanticipate and ask for them early enough before you leave. Validity, request, deadline, here is an article that will allow you to take stock.



1. Do you need a passport?

As a European citizen in the Schengen area, it is possible to cross the borders of one or more other EU countries without having to show their identity papers. However, it is still recommended to carry a national identity card or a valid passport in order to prove your identity in the event of a check.
The passport is an identity document, issued by the government of a state to its citizen, allowing its owner, by certifying his identity, to travel abroad. Therefore, for destinations outside the EU,the possession of a passport is usually required to certify your identity and nationality abroad.

2. Obtaining a passport

To obtain his passport, the applicant, must file his application in person with any town hall provided that it is equipped with a registration station. The application will be made on the spot using a form with the requested supporting documents that include: The ID card, a birth certificate, a proof of residence, tax stamps and two photos identity identity taken by a professional.
Beware, in some countries but especially for the United States, obtaining a biometric passport has become essential. These passports contain vital status data, digital photo ID and 2 fingerprints.

Useful information

The cost of issuing a passport is 86 euros for an adult, 42 euros for 15-18 year olds and 17 euros for under 15s. Passports that are not manufactured on site cannot be issued immediately. The time to obtain varies from two to three weeks depending on the place of filing and the period of application. The validity of a passport is 10 years for an adult and 5 years for a minor. The passport number is required when buying a plane ticket abroad.


1. What is a visa?

In addition to the passport,some countries require a visa allowing its owner to enter their territory. In this case, you should check with the consulate or embassy in France in your destination country to find out the required documents and the conditions for obtaining a possible visa.
The visa is a document certifying that you are allowed to travel to a foreign country, for a certain duration and for a specific purpose (work, tourism, studies, etc.). It comes in the form of a stamp or sticker,which is affixed to your passport.

2. Visa-free stay

Depending on their travel destination,the French are subject to entry visas or not. Visa-free stay is for Stays in Europe or for less than 3 months. In this case, only the French passport is required where, when you enter, a stamp and the maximum number of days before leaving the territory will be assigned to you.

3. Visa issued on arrival

For most countries, the application for a visa upon entry is not mandatory. For others, the visa will be made once you arrive at the destination and at the border of the country,the immigration officer will provide you with a visa on your passport. It should be noted that in some countries, obtaining this visa will be paid, between 15 and 50 euros depending on the country.

5. Mandatory visa to travel

When travelling to a foreign country, it is sometimes mandatory to havea visa before you arrive in the country in question. To do this, you must go to the embassy or consulate of the corresponding country with documents such as, passport, photo ID, itinerary of stay and air ticket. In case these establishments are not present in your city, it is possible to take the steps by mail but sometimes it is necessary to travel. For more information on obtaining visas, country by country, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
In many cases, it is necessary to have international health insurance in order to apply for a visa.

4. Renewal of tourist visa

The conditions for renewing a visa vary depending on the country in which you are located because of the different laws. To do so, you must go to an immigration office with the required proofs. After reviewing your file and interviewing, your renewal will be made. Note that in some cases, renewal may pay off.

Mondassur special tip

When travelling, consider making a photocopy of your passport and/or ID card when you go abroad. This will allow you, during outings or checks, to prove your identity without having the original pieces on you. In addition, in case of theft or loss, you will have the means to justify your identity. Also consider taking your insurance certificate with you!

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