Can one travel outside France with a récipissé? My card has expired in June 2017 then I got a récipissé from the préfecture until 26 December 2017. Can I travel to India on this récipissé?

  • Are you an Indian citizen? If so, you likely cannot enter India with any other document but your Indian passport.
    – George Y.
    Nov 3, 2017 at 23:20
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    @GeorgeY. That's a good point, but the question relevant to the recipisse is whether the bearer will be able to use it to reenter the Schengen area (to which I think the answer is no, but I am not certain) and whether leaving France while the application is pending constitutes abandonment of the application (to which I think the answer may be yes).
    – phoog
    Nov 4, 2017 at 2:10
  • @phoog yep, I'd close it as unclear as I assumed he meant "I only have recipisse and no other documents" and you interpreted it as "I have passport and recipisse, if I leave Schengen zone, will I be admitted back upon return"?
    – George Y.
    Nov 5, 2017 at 0:41

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You can travel outside of Schengen space from France and come back with a 'récépissé de demande de renouvellement de carte de séjour' that must be valid (at the time you come back).

Comment revenir en France après être sorti de l'espace Schengen ?

récépissé de demande de renouvellement de carte de séjour (en cours de validité),

But :

Attention :

pour revenir dans l'espace Schengen, que votre nationalité soit soumise ou pas à visa, vous devrez justifier que vous remplissez bien les conditions d'entrée (ressources, etc.).

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