Apart from exempted citizens, a visa is required and should be applied for in the country of residence before departure. Usually, an appointment with the French Consulate in the country of residence is required to submit an application for a visa.
For More information about all the exempted countries, please check the list.
Short-stay visa (also known as Schengen visa): The short-stay visa allows visitors to move freely within the countries in the Schengen area. This allows an uninterrupted stay or several successive stays of up to 90 days in a six-month period. This visa is usually issued for tourist and business trips.
Travelers can file their visa application forms with the necessary documents and visa fee at French Diplomatic and Consular Offices.
|Completed and signed application form||Online Visa Application Form|
|Photograph||Visa Photograph Requirements|
|Passport (original and photocopy)||Valid for more than 3 months with blank pages|
|Visa Letter||Request form for visa invitation letter|
|Evidence of documents||Visa letter and traveller’s ID|
|Other additional documents||Accommodation (Proof of a hotel booking) and Travel forms (Ticket, Proof of a travel agency)|
|Entry and stay visas||Application fees|
Travelers exempt from presenting documents are:
In order to enter France, all foreign citizens must be able to present: