You will not need a passport to go from the UK to France if you are an EU citizen. To authenticate your identity and nationality, you must instead possess a valid EU national ID card. These can be obtained by visiting any European Union country office or the website of the European Commission at http://ec.europa.eu/idabc.
If you are from another country than the EU, then you will need a passport to travel to France. The passport should be valid for at least six months after your return date. In addition, it must have a number of blank pages and be in good condition. If it is not in order, you may be denied access to France.
People from non-EU countries also need a visa to enter France. This must be obtained in advance from one of the French diplomatic missions or consular offices. There are three types of visa: single entry (maximum 90 days), multiple entry (maximum 5 years) and residence permit (for job seekers).
Citizens of these countries who live in the UK and intend to visit France must get a French visa before entering the country. The essential criterion is that you have a UK resident visa that is valid for at least three months after you want to depart France or the Schengen Area. If this condition is not met, you will not be allowed into France.
In addition to this requirement, there are certain types of visas that can only be obtained at French diplomatic offices in other countries. These include: tourist visas (which allow visitors to stay in France for up to 90 days); long-stay visas (for people wanting to live and work in France); business visas (for people wishing to engage a company in France); and student visas (for students studying in French universities).
People who hold a valid passport from one of these countries and a valid UK resident visa may travel to France without a visa if they comply with all the other requirements for entry into the European Union.
British citizens do not require a visa to enter France if they hold a British ID card or an equivalent document such as a passport or residence permit.
However, if you plan to stay in France for more than 90 days or if you need a visa to enter Switzerland or any other EU country, you should consult the French embassy in London or consulate in Birmingham for information on how to proceed.
However, they are still regarded EU members until the situation is resolved. As a result, they do not need a special passport to cross the channel to France. So, if you're traveling from the United Kingdom to Europe, all you'll need is your ID.
In fact, only British citizens are required by law to have a passport to enter the European Union. The Foreign Office recommends that you always carry a valid passport with you when traveling abroad.
The UK remains an open country and its laws apply to everyone, including British nationals. As such, you will be arrested if you fail to comply with foreign laws while in another country and sentenced according to their laws. If you are arrested for an offense other than immigration violations, you should never say anything other than "I refuse to answer any questions or sign anything." Even if you have a right to remain silent, saying something may harm your case later. Lawyers who specialize in immigration cases say not to talk under these circumstances; instead, wait to see a consular officer at a border station.
In addition, if you are arrested within the EU, you have the right to contact the embassy or consulate of your choice to arrange for them to help you out. However, if you cannot reach one then the next-best thing would be the police station where you were arrested.