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What do you need to drive in France in 2023?

What do you need to drive in France in 2023?

It’s safe to say that many Brits will be among those taking the opportunity to journey to France this year – in fact, it’s set to be the most visited country in the world by 2025, welcoming an estimated 93 million tourists).

From the sights of Paris to the beaches of Nice, our cross-Channel neighbours have a truly enviable catalogue of destinations, whether it’s for city breaks, camping holidays or seaside getaways.

Its close proximity to the UK makes France an incredibly accessible destination for Britons, with many choosing to explore the country by car, a way that allows visitors to see more of what France has to offer.

While some may think of a driving holiday as much more simple than scanning websites, checking in for flights and going to airports, there are still some rules and regulations that Brits need be aware of when driving in France.

We’ve rounded up all the information you need to make sure your trip goes smoothly.

France entry rules and requirements

All Covid-related entry requirements were lifted on 1 August 2022, so anyone entering the country is no longer required to provide any proof of vaccination.

Nowadays, the main entry requirements to keep an eye on are those relating to Brexit. Anyone entering any of the Schengen Zone countries needs to possess a passport that was issued less than 10 years before the date on which you are entering the country; it also needs to be valid for at least three months after the date on which you plan on leaving.

In addition, remember than you can only stay in Schengen countries for a period of 90 days without a visa.

You may also be asked for proof of accommodation, insurance for the trip, return or onwards tickets and proof that you have enough money for the duration of the stay (this stands at around 65 euros per day if staying in commercially provided accommodation, such as hotels).

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Driving in France

Many of the basic rules for driving in France – other than, cruicially, which side of the road to drive on – are similar to those in the UK. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and in possession of a valid driving licence, while you must also have insurance and vehicle documents (such as a V5) to hand. You do not need to carry an additional International Driving Permit.

The speed limit on motorways is also 80mph in France (68mph when it is…

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