France Visa Application Requirements
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 France?
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.
General required documents for a France Visa Application:
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 French Visa.
Your passport 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
A copy of your return-ticket
reservation. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before
obtaining the visa – if not otherwise required
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.
A cover letter stating the purpose
of a visit to France and itinerary
Flight ticket reservations. Find
out how to get a flight
reservation for France Visa Application without
paying the actual flight.
of accommodation for
your entire stay in France.
Proof of civil status (marriage
certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of
spouse, ration card if applicable)
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.
For most attendees, it is easier to apply for a Tourist ("L") visa; an invitation letter is NOT required for obtaining a Tourist visa.
For more information,
please check with local Chinese Embassy in your country or visit:
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.