Flying into France

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Flying into France


There are numerous airlines available to you according to your country of departure. The main airlines though are Air France KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa as well as the low cost carriers (EasyJet, Ryanair, Volare etc). Here are the air services between France and the United States:

Attention, it is important to note and to be aware of the fact that there is a black list of airlines that cannot serve as carriers in France and the EU (refer to the list of airlines subject to a ban of operations in the EU)

French airports

France is very well serviced with airports, both large and small. The largest are situated in the major cities and serve as international bases. That said, there are many smaller airports that are just as accessible (refer to the complete list of French airports)

The two main airports are obviously those which serve the capital:

  • Paris-Orly:  a tourist information and greeting point, situated at the exit of the International South Terminal, offers you information and advice on Paris and its region. You can also buy tickets to shows, public transport tickets, tourist products and they offer a hotel reservation service as well. This information point equally offers the business traveller up-to-date information on current corporate events in the area and access to the business services in the airport. They are open 7 days a week, from 7:15am until 9:40pm.
  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle (often called "Roissy"): offers you the same services and information as Orly, with the information desks located in Terminal 2C Door 5 (7:00am until 2:45pm), Terminal 2D Door 5 (8:00am until 10:30pm), Terminal 2E Arrivals Hall, Terminal 2F Arrivals Door 11 (7:00am until 9:3pm) and Terminal 1 Arrivals Door 4 (7:00am until 8:30pm).

There are two other airports that serve Paris, favoured by certain low-cost carriers, one is found at Beauvais-Tillé and the other at Vatry.

  • Beauvais-Tillé Airport is located north of Paris and it takes just over an hour to get there by shuttle bus from Porte Maillot, Paris (access via the Métro line 1, or RER C). When travelling via Beauvais Airport, be sure to verify shuttle bus times as they are scheduled to the arrival and departure for each flight to and from the airport. This must also be taken into consideration if you are thinking of transiting to another airport in Paris.
  • Paris-Vatry is situated 150km from Paris, in the Champagne region. The airport offers shuttle services allowing you to and from Paris, and even Disneyland.

To get to and from the main Parisian airports, passengers have several modes of transport available to them, both public and private. From buses to limousines, the RER, taxis or organised private transport, the options are plentiful.

To withdraw or exchange money, there are 21 ATMs and a bank available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (the bank is open 8:45am until 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, Terminal 2D-2F), as for Paris-Orly, there are 8 ATMs and a bank (open from 8:45am until 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, West Terminal). There are also 21 bureaux de change available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (open from 6:00am until 10:30pm or 6:30am until 11:30pm according to the terminal, and from 7:00am until 5:00pm after customs), and 2 at Paris-Orly (6:30am until 9:30pm in the South Terminal).

Baggage Clearance Regulations:

Your baggage can be searched at any airport in France.

For example: the baggage of passengers in Paris who are in transit to another country could be searched at Charles de Gaulle International or Orly International.

Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

Currency rules

Currently Import regulations
Same regulations as for export apply.

Currently Export regulations

There aren't any restrictions on both the local currency (Euro - EUR) and foreign currencies if you're tavelling between EU member states.

If you are arriving directly from, or travelling to, a country outside of the EU, then the following applies: amounts exceeding 10,000€ (or the equivalent in another currency and/or currencies, including bank cheques oh any kind) must be declared.

List of French international airports:





 Aéroport d'Agen - La Garenne


 Aix En Provence

 Aéroport d'Aix-En-Provence



 Aéroport de Campo Dell'Oro



 Aéroport d'Amiens



 Aéroport d'Angers



 Aéroport d'Angoulême



 Aéroport d'Annecy - Meythet



 Aéroport d'Auxerre Branches



 Aéroport de Caumon - Avignon



 Aéroport de Poretta - Bastia



 Aéroport de Tillé



 Aéroport de Bergerac - Roumanière



 Aéroport de Béziers Vias



 Aéroport de Biarritz - Anglet - Bayonne



 Aéroport de Bordeaux Mérignac



 Aéroport de Brest Guipavas



 Aéroport de Calvi - Saint Catherine



 Aéroport de Castres Mazamet



 Aéroport de Chambéry - Savoie


 Clermont Ferrand

 Aéroport de Clermont-Ferrand - Auvergne



 Aéroport de Figari - Sud Corse



 Aéroport de Grenoble - Isère


 La Rochelle

 Aéroport de la Rochelle



 Aéroport Côte de Granit - Lannion


 Le Havre

 Aéroport Le Havre - Octeville


 Le Mans

 Aéroport Le Mans - Arnage



 Aéroport de Lille - Lesquin



 Aéroport de Bellegarde - Limoges



 Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud



 Aéroport de Lyon Saint-Exupéry



 Aéroport de Marseille Provence



 Aéroport de Metz Nancy Lorraine



 Aéroport de Montpellier Fréjorgues



 Aéroport de Bale - Mulhouse - Freiburg



 Aéroport de Nantes - Atlantique



 Aéroport de Nice Côte d'Azur



 Aéroport Arles Camargue - Nîmes



 Aéroport d'Orly



 Aéroport Roissy - Charles de Gaulle



 Aéroport de Pau Pyrénées



 Aéroport de Rivesaltes



 Aéroport de Quimper Cornouaille



 Aéroport Rennes Saint-Jacques



 Aéroport de Rodez Marcillac



 Aéroport de Saint-Etienne Boutheon



 Aéroport International de Strasbourg - Entzheim



 Aéroport de Tarbes - Lourdes - Pyrénées



 Aéroport de Toulon - Hyères



 Aéroport de Toulouse - Blagnac