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If you are a national of an 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:
Citizens of these countries do not need a Schengen Visa to go to France: Albania (biometric passport), Andorra, Antigua et Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia Herzegovina (biometric passport), Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong-Kong (blue passport only), Israel, Japan, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro (biometric passport), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, St Christopher & Nevis, San Marino, Serbia (biometric passport), Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela
EEA Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Short-stay visas – Schengen visas
Short-stay or “Schengen” visas allow holders to move freely in countries in the Schengen Area for stays not exceeding 90 days per period of 6 months from your first entry to the Schengen Area. Schengen visas may be issued for one or several entries.
This type of visa is generally issued for tourism, business travel or family visits; it also allows holders to come to France for short training courses, internships or to exercise a salaried occupation, subject to getting a temporary work permit.
General requirements for french schengen visas
The French Consulate serves the requirements of France’s entry clearance protocols and where visa nationals are concerned, the Embassy needs to substantiate:
- Who is entering France;
- Their reasons for entering France;
- Their means of entry;
- Their means of financial support whilst in France;
- Where they intend to stay;
- That they are covered by medical/travel insurance;
- That they have good reason to return to their country or origin on completion of their trip.
The presentation of these documents in their original form will not guarantee the success of an application as the Embassy may still request additional documents to satisfy their reasons to allow entry to their country.
Document Requirements for all French Schengen Visas
Valid Passport: The passport validity must exceed the validity of the requested visa by more than 3 months.
Schengen Visa Application Form: Completed and signed.
2 current passport photos for each application – Photographs are to be (45mm-35mm), colour and white background.
Supporting Documents Requirements for a French Schengen Business Visa
Employer’s letter (on original letter headed paper) to be addressed to the French embassy and to state the position held within the company; the purpose of visit and that the applicant will be returning to continued employment; the medical/travel insurance and repatriation cover policy that the applicant is traveling under (if company blanket policy). The letter must be less than 1 month old at the time of the application submission, signed and have full contact details.
Letter of Invitation from the French company
Insurance/Assurance declaration form
Confirmed return ticket
Proof of Hotel reservations confirmations throughout entire trip
Nationals from the following countries should take into consideration the longer visa application processing time when booking travel itineraries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarussian, Burma, Burundi, Colombia, Congo(Zaire), Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe
The French embassy’s processing time for the above passport holders/nationals is 2-3 weeks.