For flights bound for France or a country in the European Union (E.U.), you can travel with a valid national identity card (or a passport).
For a flight or a holiday outside the European Union, a passport is required. Certain States demand a passport with a minimum validity (sometimes up to several months after the planned return date to France).
Please note that driving licences are not recognised by the airlines as valid identity documents.
If the trip has been organised by a tour operator, you can in some cases travel outside the European Union with a national identity card (subject to flight+ accommodation being booked with the Tour Operator); please ask your travel agency or tour operator.
Check the required travel documents (national Identity card, passport, visa) for entering and staying in your destination country with this country's embassy and consulate in France.
For further information, you can consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: Click here.
For trips within the European Union, the tourist visa is not required.
For countries requiring a visa (consult your destination's file for further information), visas are requested from the consulate of the country in question, in the Nord -Pas de Calais region or failing that, Paris.
For organised trips, some tour operators deal with your holiday visa request for you; ask your travel agent or tour operator.
Whatever your destination, it is recommended that you make sure your "universal" vaccinations are up-to-date: tetanus, polio, diphtheria and hepatitis B.
Depending on the destination country and/or the time you are travelling, specific vaccinations are recommended and even compulsory for entering the territory.
To find out which vaccinations to have according to your destination, you can consult the Lille Institut Pasteur website: Click here.
The Lille Institut Pasteur also publishes a fact sheet on Health Advice for Travelling by Plane: Click here.
BEFORE YOUR RETURN TO LILLE:
When you arrive in France, customs and tax allowances in quantity and value are applicable according to the categories of goods you are carrying, if you bought them:
You can be checked by the customs services at the borders, and also throughout the national territory and community customs territory.
Passengers must voluntarily declare goods obtained abroad by presenting themselves at Customs in order to pay the corresponding fees and duties. Not declaring them risks having the goods confiscated and a customs fine.
However, passengers can import goods in their personal baggage up to the value of 430 Euros.
Passengers under 15 years of age have an allowance of up to 150 Euros.
Be warned that some goods are subject to quantity allowances, such as tobacco and alcohol:
ON THE DAY OF YOUR DEPARTURE FROM LILLE TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY:
As well as the formalities for entering and staying in your destination country, it is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the country's Customs and health formalities too.
Before your departure, we suggest you find out about the formalities for entering and staying at the destination country's embassy and consulate.
You can consult the Advice to Travellers put together by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Consult the France Diplomatie website: Click here.
For further information about Customs, please consult:
Customs Service website
"Customs Info Service" call-centre
0811 20 44 44 From France
+ 33 172 40 78 50
The Customs mobile app available from all major mobile platforms
Duty-free sales are on offer from shops in the Customs-controlled area of the airport, only if you are bound for countries outside the European Union or an overseas territory.
You are not eligible on domestic flights, including to overseas departments. The same applies for flights bound for a member State of the European Union.
For the quantity and value allowances you are entitled to when purchasing duty-free goods on extra-Community trips, please see the Customs section.