Depending on the purpose of your travel to France, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in France permanently, you will have to apply for a different France Schengen Visa, accordingly.
You can apply for the France Visa since 1997 when France, as a Member of the European Union, also became a member state of the Schengen Area.
Who does and who don’t need a Visa to enter
Not to every
foreigner and not for every territory of France
applies the same visa policy. As such, visa
exemptions are greatly influenced by dissimilar
factors, where the major ones are: foreigner’s
nationality, the territory of the France that
the applicant seeks to visit, foreigner’s
residence status in Schengen Area or
specifically in France, the purpose of visit, as
well as duration of stay.
All other foreign
nationals of the excluded countries from the
above list, CANNOT enter or stay in French
Overseas Départments or Regions WITHOUT
undergoing the French Visa Application procedure
and getting the appropriate French Visa.
required documents for a France Visa
Download the France Visa Application form,
fill it completely and with sincerity. You
can also fill the France Schengen Visa
application form electronically and then
print a hard-copy.
2 photos must
be attached; the photo should be of passport
format – a recent whole-face capture with a
light background. Learn more about photo
requirements and specifications for a
and copies of your previous visas – valid
for at least 3 months beyond return date –
are required. Your passport must have at
least two blank pages.
A copy of
your return-ticket reservation. It is not
recommended to purchase the ticket before
obtaining the visa – if not otherwise
Travel visa insurance confirmation
of minimum 30,000 € coverage within France
and the entire Schengen area. In order to
apply for a French visa, the French
embassy/consulate requires a Schengen travel
insurance policy that is valid in all
Schengen countries. French embassy/consulate
also requires the confirmation of coverage
letter as the proof of coverage to be
submitted along with other requested
documents and France visa application.
letter stating the purpose of a visit to
France and itinerary
reservations. Find out how to get a flight
reservation for France Visa Application without
paying the actual flight.
Proof of accommodation for your
entire stay in France.
civil status (marriage certificate, birth
certificate of children, death certificate
of spouse, ration card if applicable)
Means of subsistence –
Proof of sufficient financial means for the
period of stay. As the European Commission
specifies, any foreigner seeking to enter
France, since 19 June 2014, when applying
for France Visa must be able attesting to
the France Embassy or Consulate possessing
the daily money amount of 120€ if holding no
proof of prepaid accommodation. If the
applicant has a prepaid hotel, then this
amount reduces to 65€/daily for the period
of covered hotel accommodation, while the
rest is 120€. Also, in case the applicant
proofs cheaper forms of accommodation the
amount decreases to 32.25€/ day.
attendees, it is easier to apply for a Tourist
("L") visa; an invitation letter is NOT required
for obtaining a Tourist visa.
information, please check with local Chinese
Embassy in your country or visit: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas
participants may ask their travel agents to
arrange their travel to France and obtain a
tourist visa irrespective of whether or not they
have registered with the Conference Secretariat.