Two types of passports are valid in the United States. Biometric passports, issued since 2009, and e-passports, which replace the machine-readable passport. Both types of passports must be accompanied by an ESTA. France is still part of the Visa Waiver Pilot program, which allows all French nationals to enter the United States without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. In addition to the passport, the traveller must be in possession of a non-refundable return ticket to the United States and not intend to extend his or her stay. The ESTA form must be filled out online at least 72 hours before departure and the US$14 fee must be paid ( For more information on the types of visas available and the procedures to follow, visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in France.

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