It is the delegate's
responsibility to investigate the
visa requirements for France and
apply for a visa, if necessary.
Delegates are recommended to apply
for their visa as early as possible,
to ensure adequate processing time.
All foreign nationals wishing to
enter France must be able to submit
statutory documents at the border
concerning the reasons for their
stay, their means of support and
A visa is generally required, in the absence of a waiver.
For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your visa application, log on to France-Visas, France’s official visa site.
The European territory of France is part of the Schengen Area (pdf), which encompasses multiple European States to form a common space of free movement for persons.
The Schengen Area includes the 26 following States:
Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden;
Non-Member States of the European Union: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Citizens of the European Union
(EU), European Economic Area (EEE)
Nationals of countries listed on the common Schengen list (Annex 2 of (EC) Regulation 539/2001);