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Update on the Attestation d'accueil

Attestation D’accueil

On 29 May 2021 the British Embassy in Paris updated their travel advice to UK passport holders travelling to stay in France.

Notwithstanding travel restrictions related to Covid-19, which do not allow non-resident British citizens to enter France other than for essential reasons, the Embassy Facebook post says that those travelling to France to stay with family or friends can provide proof of sufficient funds in the absence of an Attestation d’accueil.

The post says that a traveller who does not have an accommodation booking will need to show they have funds of 120€ per day per traveller and that a traveller staying with family or friends and in possession of an attestation d’accueil, will need to show they have funds of 32.50€ per day per traveller.

You can view the Embassy post here (and the wording is replicated below)

It should be noted however that the French government ‘Visa Wizard’ website and the service public website continue to indicate that an attestation is needed for Third Country Nationals travelling to stay with family or friends. (Please see the French government websites linked above for details and exceptions)


From Monday 31 May, travel to France from the UK is permitted only for EU nationals, French residents, or those travelling for essential reasons. This applies to all air, car, ferry and train passengers. The French government strongly advises limiting international travel to a minimum.

France is on England’s amber list. The Government advises that you should not travel to amber list countries or territories and the FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of France based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

We have updated our travel advice concerning which types of documents visitors to France may be asked to provide at the French border as confirmation of accommodation.

France categorises possible accommodation arrangements for visitors as follows:

1. Staying with family, friends or third party

You may be asked to provide an ’attestation d’accueil’ (welcome invitation) from your host if you are staying with friends or family. The French resident hosting you will need to obtain this ‘attestation d’accueil’ from their local Mayor’s office, and send you the original attestation before you enter France. You should also be prepared to show proof of funds of at least €32.50 per day, for the duration of your stay. If you do not have an ‘attestation d’accueil’ you should be ready to fulfil the requirements of option 4 below. More information is available here:

2. You have a second home in France

You will need to be able to prove ownership or tenancy of your property e.g. a tax or utility bill.

3. You are staying in a hotel or other commercially provided accommodation

You may be asked for confirmation of your reservation when entering France. You should also be prepared to show proof of funds of at least €65 per day for the duration of your stay.

4. You do not have an ‘attestation d’accueil’ or any pre-booked accommodation

In this instance, you may be asked to prove you have sufficient funds to pay for your accommodation. You should also be prepared to show proof of funds of at least €120 per day for the duration of your stay.

There are separate requirements for those who are resident in France. If you are resident in France, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information for residents, see and our Living in France guide:

For further information on these requirements, visit the French government’s website on travel conditions for British citizens:

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