Does a person need a visa to travel from France to Greece?
My future sis in law is in France but she is not a citizen of France. She wants to travel to Greece soon to attend my wedding to her brother and she doesn’t have a visa. Does she need one or just the passport?
She was born in Nigeria but has married a French Native and has lived in Paris for over 6 years.
Players Club Tours answers:
It depends on a couple of things.
If she is a legal resident of France and holds a residence permit then she can travel freely in the Schengen zone with this card and her passport combined.
I assume from the gact that you mention she is not a citizen of France that she does not have a French passport.
If she is currently on holiday in France and again it depends on her nationality.
- If she is American, Canadian, Australian or another nationality which is allowed to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, then she is free to travel to Greece so long as she will not stay in the Schengen area more than 90 days (out of any 180 days)
- if she is there on holiday with a Schengen visa, then it depends on her actual Schengen visa and how long she has been in Schengen zone. A Schengen visa MAY have restrictions (e.g. That she can only visit France or that she cannot visit Greece), and also it may state x days visit which is less than 90 days, and she will need to stick to this limit for the total visit (and not just the stay in France)
So it depends on her immigration situation and nationality which you do not mention.
It is true that there are no border controls in the Schengen area but there may be random checks on odd occasions and if travelling via an airport a passport is still required which will be verified.
EDIT – ok, based on your updated info, if she is legally residing in France with a residence permit (usually based on family reunification on the basis of her French husband) then she just needs this permit plus her passport and she can travel in the Schengen zone freely. Note: this is only for the case for the Schengen zone and not for the total EU.
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