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Who requires a visa?
The type of visa required to enter France depends on the duration of and reasons for the planned stay, except in the following special cases:

Once the visa holder has entered the French territory, no visa modification or change of status may be obtained. In addition, exercising a salaried occupation is subject to specific procedures that require getting a work permit prior to applying for a visa. As regards French overseas territories, the rules applicable may differ from those applying to the territory of metropolitan France. Applicants are required to specify their destination and flight details very accurately.

If you are a national of a European Union (EU) Member State other than France, of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland, or a family member of a national of an EU Member State other than France, the EEA or Switzerland, specific provisions of EU law apply:

Short stays (less than 90 days in the Schengen Area)
A short stay is a stay in the Schengen Area lasting less than 90 days or a succession of stays totaling less than 90 days in any period of 180 days. For short stays, European regulations specify the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirement to enter the Schengen Area.
Exempt from visa requirement for France’s territory in Europe are:

Special cases
Certain nationals remain subject to short-stay visa requirements in the following cases :

Long stays (over 90 days in France)
Only nationals of the following countries are exempt from entry and long-stay visa requirements: Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland.

Overseas Departments (DOM)

Short stays
A short stay is a stay under 90 days in an Overseas Department.
A visa is waived for:

*bearers of biometric passports only

Long stays
Citizens of the following countries are not required to have a long-stay visa: Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, Monaco and Andorra.

Other territories of the French Republic located overseas
They include:

Short stays
A short stay is a stay under 90 days.
A visa is waived for the citizens of the following countries:

*bearers of biometric passports only

Long stays
Citizens of the following countries are not required to have a long-stay visa: Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, Monaco and Andorra.

Submitting and processing visa applications:
Regulations on entry to and staying in the French territory differ whether you hold a regular passport, a diplomatic passport or an official duty passport. Your passport must be valid long enough to cover your stay in the Schengen Area. Application or “visa” fees are payable on submitting your application; these application fees are not refunded if the visa is refused. When the visa application is being processed, certain formalities such as the making of appointments or submission of the application may be entrusted to service providers. You should allow additional costs for this. Information is available from the relevant French consulate.
You must tell the visa official the precise reasons for your journey to France. This is because the type of visa required to enter France depends on both the length of your stay and your reasons ; except for special cases :

This information must be accurate, because:

In the French overseas territories, the rules applicable may vary from those applied in Metropolitan France. When applying for a visa, you must carefully specify the destination and details of your flight.

What documents will be required?
To apply for a Schengen short-stay visa, you are required to present one visa application per person, including the following items:

If any of the items you provide do not fulfil our criteria, consular personnel will not accept your application and will ask you to present items which do. If you insist on submitting your application anyway, your application will be recorded but a visa will not be issued and the other items in the application will not be studied.


Certain diplomatic and consular authorities that issue visas on ordinary passports may include more detailed information taking local specificities into account. These items providing proof that are are required are to be presented to the consular authority.
The consular authority will accept your application as provided by you and will make his decision on the basis of the guarantees and proof attached to your application. If you have failed to attach the proof included in the list, the consular authority will assume that you are unable to do so unless you effectively explain why such proof was omitted in a separate letter attached to the application.

How much does a visa cost?
Application fees are:

These application fees are not refunded if the visa is refused.

Visa processing time
Processing time varies according to the nationality of the applicant and local conditions of the issuing department. Please consult the consular website. For certain types of visa that require verification or consultation with the French authorities (visas for a stay of more than 3 months in France, adoption visas, for example), response times may be much longer.

Visa appeal procedure:
You may appeal against a decision to refuse you a visa by applying to the Commission de recours contre les décisions de refus de visa d’entrée en France (Board of Appeals against decisions to refuse an entry visa to France) within 2 months of the date of notification of the refusal. If your visa is refused, you may also submit a new visa application immediately and at any time.

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Source & Copyright: The source of the above visa and immigration information and copyright owner/s is the:
– Ministère des Affaires étrangères, France – URL:
– Consulat General of France in Washington – URL:

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