Whether you’re planning on just visiting for a vacation or moving to France, it’s important to know what you can and can’t bring into the country, as well as what paperwork you’ll need. This section introduces you the French customs, residency permit, and visa processes.
For nationals of an EU member state, the European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland, relocating to France is fairly straightforward: you won't need a visa, but will need to register with the local préfecture once you arrive. Expats from these areas also enjoy generous customs allowances for tobacco, alcohol, and animal products, and will be able to import a shipment of household goods without paying duty. If you're not from one of the above countries, it'll take a bit more paperwork and persistence to call France home.