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Aeronautically, I remind you that any aircraft MUST file a flight plan before crossing any border. You're supposed to do it at least 30mn prior to TKOFF and indicate where you plan to cross the border. You must also call any air traffic service of the country you enter (FIS...) as soon as you've crossed the border to let them know. ("Border crossing" message). This is true whether you come from a Schengen country or not. It is an air rule.

When in France, if you took off in a country which is part of the Schengen agreement, you don't have to clear customs and can therefore land anywhere. (If you are not one of these countries citizen, you are supposed to have cleared the Schengen area customs previously.)

If you departed in a country which is not part of the Schengen agreement, United Kingdom for exemple, you have to clear French customs. If a customs office is located in your destination airport (check your airports guide to know this), just land, being careful to come when the office is open.

If your destination airport has no such facility, or if the office is closed when you come, then you should plan to land a first time in an other airport with customs, to clear them, and then go to your real destination.

 

Here is a list coming from the European Union official documentation of the 84 French airfields where you can clear customs:

1) Abbeville
2) Agen-la Garenne
3) Ajaccio-Campo dell'Oro
4) Albert-Bray
5) Amiens-Glisy
6) Angers-Marcé
7) Angoulême-Brie-Champniers
8) Annecy-Methet
9) Annemasse
10) Auxerre-Branches
11) Avignon-Caumont
12) Bâle-Mulhouse
13) Bastia-Poretta
14) Beauvais-Tillé
15) Bergerac-Roumanière
16) Besançon-la Vèze
17) Béziers-Vias
18) Biarritz-Bayonne-Anglet
19) Bordeaux-Mérignac
20) Brest-Guipavas
21) Brive-Souillac
22) Caen-Carpiquet
23) Calais-Dunkerque
24) Calvi-Sainte-Catherine
25) Cannes-Mandelieu
26) Carcassonne-Salvaza
27) Châlons-Vatry
28) Chambéry-Aix-les-Bains
29) Châteauroux-Déols
30) Cherbourg-Mauperthus
31) Clermont-Ferrand-Aulnat
32) Colmar-Houssen
33) Deauville-Saint-Gatien
34) Dijon-Longvic
35) Dinard-Pleurtuit
36) Dôle-Tavaux
37) Epinal-Mirecourt
38) Figari-Sud Corse
39) Grenoble-Saint-Geoirs
40) Hyères-le Palivestre
41) Issy-les-Moulineaux
42) La Môle
43) Lannion
44) La Rochelle-Laleu
45) Laval-Entrammes
46) Le Castelet
47) Le Havre-Octeville
48) Le Mans-Arnage
49) Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
50) Lille-Lesquin
51) Limoges-Bellegarde
52) Lognes-Emerainville
53) Lorient-Lann-Bihoué
54) Lyon-Bron
55) Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
56) Marseille-Provence
57) Metz-Nancy-Lorraine
58) Monaco-Héliport
59) Montbéliard-Courcelles
60) Montpellier-Méditérranée
61) Nantes-Atlantique
62) Nevers-Fourchambault
63) Nice-Côte d'Azur
64) Nîmes-Garons
65) Orléans-Bricy
66) Orléans-Saint-Denis-de-l'Hôtel
67) Paris-Charles de Gaulle
68) Paris-le Bourget
69) Paris-Orly
70) Pau-Pyrénées
71) Perpignan-Rivesaltes
72) Poitiers-Biard
73) Rennes Saint-Jacques
74) Rodez-Marcillac
75) Rouen-Vallée de Seine
76) Saint-Brieuc-Armor
77) Saint-Etienne-Bouthéon
78) Saint-Nazaire-Montoir
79) Strasbourg-Entzheim
80) Tarbes-Ossun-Lourdes
81) Toulouse-Blagnac
82) Tours-Saint-Symphorien
83) Troyes-Barberey
84) Vichy-Charmeil
ref : FR C 356/14 Journal officiel de l'Union européenne 6.12.2011