Documents & formalities
What identity documents to travel by plane?

Documents & formalities

Identity documents for flying


In the current Covid-19 epidemic and to know the necessary documents to enter your country of destination, learn more on the government website :



Official identity documents


Depending on the country you are going to, you will need a valid ID card or passport. In some cases, a visa is also required. 


Please note: Some countries require your passport to be valid 6 months after your return date. 


Anticipate your requests for identity documents with your city hall. Delays may occur after 3 weeks or more at certain periods.



 Extending the validity of the identity card



Since January 1, 2014, the validity period of the national identity card has been increased from 10 to 15 years for adults, without you having to take any special steps. If your ID card was issued between January 2, 2004 and December 31, 2013, the 5-year extension is automatic. To check if you are concerned by this validity extension, visit the government website.


Identity cards issued to minors remain valid for 10 years from the date of issue.



Some advice



  • If you’re travelling to Europe, consider applying for your European health insurance card online at least 3 weeks in advance so you don’t have to advance medical expenses


  • Before leaving, scan your documents and place them on a "cloud" or in your e-mail. They will not replace the original documents but may be useful to you in case of loss of your documents for example.


  • Check in at your airline a few days before departure and download or print your boarding pass, it’s free and will save you an extra cost at the airport.



Child travelling abroad​


For new provisions for children travelling abroad without at least one parent, see Children travelling alone.


Documents d'identité pour prendre l'avion