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Please note: Travelers who have been in China and Macao in the last 10 days must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before arrival. Children under 12 years old are exempt from testing requirements.
France is one of the most iconic European destinations, thanks to its combination of history, food and wine scene, and landmarks that cannot be found anywhere else, such as the world-famous Eiffel Tower.
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What is the France Schengen Visa?
The France Schengen Visa is one of the most popular visas for visiting the Schengen Area. It lets you visit France and other Schengen countries without getting a visa for every country.
With the France Schengen Visa, you can visit the following 27 Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, France, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, Sweden, and Switzerland.
France does not necessarily have to be the first country you enter; however, it is recommended.
What can I do with the French Schengen Visa?
Visit France and other Schengen countries for tourism and visit family and friends.
Attend business meetings, conferences, and other business activities.
Take a short recreational course or play sports.
You can do paid work for up to 90 days in France.
What can I not do with a French Schengen Visa?
- Do paid work for a period longer than 90 days in France.
Who can apply for the France Schengen Visa?
Both foreign nationals from the European Union and nationals of Schengen countries have the privilege of traveling visa-free between Schengen nations. However, most other travelers must apply for a France Schengen Visa, and possibly attend an interview.
Additionally, people from the following countries can also visit the Schengen zone without a visa:
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How long can I stay in the country with the France Schengen Visa?
You can visit France and the Schengen zone for up to 90 days Per Entry. You can enter and travel between Schengen countries as often as you like as long as you don't exceed 90 days.
Please note: iVisa allows you to apply for a Multiple Entry, but the French authorities determine whether you are granted a single, double, or multiple-entry visa. Visas with multiple entries can last 180 days to five years.
For more information on other France Visa requirements, such as a long-stay visa or residence permit, please contact the French embassy or visa centre in your country.
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Which documents do I need to apply for the France Schengen Visa?
When you apply for the France Schengen Visa with iVisa, you'll get a list of all the documents you need to submit and bring.
Below we've listed some of the most common travel documents needed for this trip:
Visa application form: With iVisa, you'll get a shorter and simpler version! You must sign it and bring it to your visa appointment.
Two photographs: Taken within the last three months. If you don't have one, use our handy digital photo service to get government-compliant photos.
Valid passport: Valid for at least three months from the arrival date in France. Your passport must have at least two blank pages and have been issued within the last 10 years.
Fingerprints (only if you are older than 12): You will be required to provide fingerprints during your visa appointment unless you have been granted a biometric Schengen visa in the past 59 months.
Travel itinerary: You can include details such as your return flight, hotel accommodations, or tour schedules in this document.
Financial statements: Bank statements, employment contracts, or salary slips demonstrating that you have sufficient financial means to pay for your entire trip.
Medical insurance: With minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 for emergency medical treatment and repatriation in an emergency.
Those who meet these basic requirements should have no problem getting their French Visa applications approved.
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Do I need the French Schengen Visa if I'm transiting through the country?
Transit Schengen visas are granted to nationals who only intend to change transportation means within the Schengen area.
There are two transit visa categories:
Airport Transit Schengen Visa.
Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers.
Check with your nearest French embassy if you need a transit visa.
How to apply for the France Schengen visa online with iVisa
To get the France Schengen Visa fast and efficiently, follow the three simple steps below:
Step 1: Provide your personal details and travel information using the simplified iVisa application form. A PDF guide will be sent to you, and you can always contact your iVisa Expert if you have questions.
Step 2: Double-check all info and pay the iVisa service fee with a debit, credit card, or PayPal. The government visa fee must be paid separately at the embassy, consulate, or Visa Application Centre (VAC).
Step 3: Make an appointment and attend the visa interview. Bring the required documents. Don't worry! We will send you a document checklist and step-by-step instructions before your interview.
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How much does the France Schengen Visa cost, and how long does it take?
For France Schengen Visas, iVisa currently offers one processing option:
- Standard processing: Takes up to 30 days and costs USD $149.99, excluding government fees.
The government fee of about USD 84.85 must be paid in cash at the VAC or consulate (half-price for minors between the ages of 6 and 12 and free for minors under 6 years old).
Traveling with minors
Children and minors are also required to apply for a Schengen Visa to visit France, depending on their country of origin. For minors applying for a Schengen visa, their birth certificates and written consent from their parents are required.
Benefits of getting your France Schengen Visa with iVisa
100% government-compliant:: Our team of iVisa Experts will review your information and ensure it is 100% compliant with government requirements.
Unlimited access to your iVisa Expert: We assign you a personal iVisa Expert to guide you through the entire application process, from start to finish.
Simplified application form: Fill out a clear and concise survey with 50% fewer questions instead of 60 confusing and tedious questions.
Fill out at your own pace: Complete the application form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress.
Step-by-step PDF guide: Receive a PDF guide with all the tips to answer difficult questions, a document checklist, and guidance to prepare for your interview.
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COVID-19 entry requirements and restrictions in France
A negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival is required for travelers who have traveled to China or Macao in the past 10 days, except for children under 12.
For all other travelers, COVID-19 testing, vaccination, or quarantine is currently not required to enter the Schengen Zone and France.
Where can I learn more?
If you have questions about applying for a France Schengen Visa, we are here to help.
Our dedicated online team of customer service agents is available 24/7 via online chat to assist with any questions that may arise during the application process, or you can email them at [email protected].
Required Documents to Apply
The France Schengen Visa is a multiple-entry travel document to visit France and all the 27 countries of the Schengen Area.
This visa is valid for 180 days and you can stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days, starting when you arrive in France.
With the France Schengen Visa you can do tourism, and business, visit your family, receive medical treatment, attend short training programs, do internships, go to conferences and meetings, and work for a period of no longer than 90 days.
You can also enter by air, land, or sea with the France Schengen Visa.
You need to have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip ends and with 2 blank pages.
If you are traveling by sea or you are a sailor, we advise you to apply 3 months in advance.
You can complete the visa application form online with iVisa. We assigned you an iVisa Expert to review your application to make it 100% government-compliant so you can avoid rejections.
For this visa you will have to pay a government fee of $84.85 USD (80 euros) in cash (appointment fee unincluded).
Children between the age of 6 and 12 will need to pay a government fee of $42.43 USD (40 euros) in cash.
Children under 6 years old don’t need to pay a government fee.
If you are a foreign spouse of a French national or a foreign member of a family composed of citizens of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you also don’t have to pay a government fee.
We advise you to apply for this visa 2 months ahead to avoid any delays.
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Remember that the customer service team at iVisa is here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our service.
When should I apply for the France Schengen Visa?
A France Schengen Visa is issued in at least 15 working days. Sometimes it can take 45 days. The process can be long, especially if you apply alone. For that reason we recommend you apply 2 months in advance for this Visa to avoid any delays.
Remember that with iVisa you can apply easily and fast for the France Schengen Visa with the help of an iVisa Visa Expert. Forget about going through a stressful visa application for yourself and start to enjoy planning your trip!
How long does it take to apply for the France Schengen Visa form?
It will only take around 20 minutes to fill out our simplified form online.
What documents do I need to apply online for the France Schengen Visa Form?
To submit your online application we only require you to have your Passport Scan and your ID-size photo. That’s it!
You need to have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip ends and with 2 blank pages. Also, make sure it was issued within the last 10 years ago.
What documents do I need to bring to the France Schengen Visa appointment?
You should bring the following documents:
Your printed and signed application form.
The applicant’s photo. Make sure to bring 2 photos in ISO/IECI. Don’t worry! iVisa can help you to get your perfect application photo here!
The payment for the visa fee.
Your valid passport. It needs to be valid for at least 3 months after your visa expires with 2 blank pages and issued less than 10 years ago.
Your fingerprints(only if you are older than 12). During the appointment, you will provide 10 fingerprints except if you already have a biometric Schengen visa issued in the past 59 months.
Your resident permit, only if you are not a resident of the country you’re living in.
Your return ticket or travel itinerary and other supporting documents to prove that you have planned your trip. We advise you to have both your return ticket and travel itinerary.
Proves that you are capable of financing your trip. For example, your bank statement from the last 3 months, pay slips, or pension statements. Any of those documents will help.
Your proof of accommodation and documents that can prove that you can spend at least 120 euros per day on your accommodation or a certificate of ownership or tenancy agreement.
Your certificate of employment or any official work document to describe your professional situation.
Your school attendance certificate, in case you are a student, or any official document to describe your educational situation.
Documents that can show you have family and personal links to your country so you can prove you have enough reasons to return to your country. For example, a marriage certificate or family record book.
Health insurance for travel that could cover hospitalizations, emergencies, urgent treatments and healthcare, death, or repatriation in the Schengen area of at least 30,000 euros.
PLEASE NOTE: If your documents are not in French or English you will need to translate them into French.
Can I travel to all the Schengen countries with the France Schengen Visa?
Yes, you can! The France Schengen Visa is a travel authorization that allows you to visit France and all the countries from the Schengen area.
Can I get the France Schengen Visa for free?
No. There is a government fee that you will usually need to pay.
You need to pay at the embassy, consulate, or Visa Application Center(VAC) a government fee of $84.85 USD (80 euros) in cash (appointment fee unincluded). Sometimes, you can pay online, it depends on your location.
Children between the age of 6 and 12 will need to pay a government fee of $42.43 USD (40 euros) in cash. Children under 6 years old won't need to pay a government fee.
You also won’t need to pay a government fee if you are a foreign spouse of a French national or a foreign member of a family composed of citizens of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland.
We charge a small fee but remember that by applying beforehand with iVisa, you can avoid any delays or errors, including saving time at immigration. Our team of experts will also review your application to minimize the likelihood of errors to guarantee you a smooth entry to France.
How long is the France Schengen Visa valid?
The France Schengen Visa is a multiple-entry travel authorization, with a validity period of 180 days and a permitted stay of a maximum of 90 days that starts when you arrive in France.
Are there any COVID-19 requirements to enter France?
Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
Please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service agents if you have further questions, they’re available for you 24/7.
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