Bonjour USA: France and America Agree to 4-Year Visas in Reciprocal Pact
Bonjour USA: France and America Agree to 4-Year Visas in Reciprocal Pact - More Time to Explore Two Nations
The newly announced 4-year reciprocal visa agreement between France and the United States is a boon for leisure travelers looking to immerse themselves in the cultures of both nations. With the previous 90-day limit lifted, Americans now have the gift of time to explore the City of Lights and beyond at a more relaxed pace.
Wandering the halls of the Louvre without feeling rushed to see it all in a single visit, exploring more hidden corners of Paris beyond the well-trodden paths, and venturing out to the smaller towns and villages of Provence and Burgundy to get a true taste of everyday French life are now much more feasible. Those looking to improve their French through an extended homestay in a quiet village or enroll the kids in a language immersion program during a "gap year" can now do so hassle-free.
From backpackers to foodies to culture vultures, American travelers have long been enamored with France. But up until now, many have found the 90-day Schengen limit restrictive, forcing them to cut trips short or rush between destinations. For those who've always dreamed of spending a year finding themselves while working at a vineyard in Bordeaux or becoming a regular at their neighborhood café and patisserie in Montmartre, this new freedom is life-changing.
Likewise for the French, who have long been fascinated with American culture, the extended 4-year visa offers exciting new possibilities. French students looking to spend more than one semester at an American university no longer have to cut their studies short. Families can embark on an epic American road trip adventure from coast to coast without watching the calendar. Aspiring French entrepreneurs can test their mettle in Silicon Valley or find inspiration among New York's vibrant startup scene. Oenophiles can leisurely follow America's wine trails through Sonoma and Napa. For lovers of wide open spaces, the deserts, canyons and parks of the American West now beckon.