An "Attestation d'Accueil" is a document required if you are going to France and planning to stay with friends or relatives for a period of less than 3 months.
An "Attestation d'Accueil" form (see specimen), otherwise known as a Certificate of Board & Lodging, must be obtained by your host in France if you are planning to stay with them. Your host may obtain this document from either their local Town Hall or their local police station. Your host must fill in and sign form CERFA no.10798*03 and will also have to provide the following materials:
- Identity card, passport or residence permit.
- Property deed or rental agreement.
- Recent utility bill or rental receipt.
- Evidence that their property is appropriate for lodging a guest.
- Evidence of financial support for their guest for the whole duration of their stay.
The "Attestation d'Accueil" is not required for:
- EU and EEA citizens and their family members.
- Holders of visas endorsed with "Carte de séjour à solliciter dès l'arrivée en France."
- Holders of visas endorsed with "Famille de Francais (spouse of a French citizen, child of French citizen, dependent ascendant of a French citizen)."
- Citizens of Switzerland, Andorra or Monaco
- Russian nationals hosted by Russian relatives (spouse, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren)*
- The spouse and / or minor children under 18 years of Tunisian, Moroccan or Algerian nationals, holders of a French residence permit or a temporary residence permit (Decrees of the 10th June 1992, Decree of the 15th June 1993, decree of the 19th December 1994) *