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Type of France Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 5-15 days
  • Stay period : Upto 90 days
  • Validity : 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7199/-
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 5-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7199/-
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Documents required for France Visa

  • Must have Documents for France Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
    • Income Tax Returns/Form 16 for last 3 years;
    • Confirmed return flight tickets;
    • Hotel reservation;
    • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000).

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting France Visa documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal and signature;
    • Last 3 months salary slip.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Company’s IT returns for last 3 years.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Visiting friend or relative

    • “Attestation d’accueil” from the Inviter;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport or Resident Permit;
    • Address proof like any Electricity bill, any Utility bill etc.

    7. If Sponsored

    • Sponsorship letter;
    • Sponsor’s national ID proof like Passport, PAN card or Resident permit;
    • Updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Income tax returns of last 3 years.

    8. For Business Visa

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.
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France Visa process and requirements

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France Visa FAQs

  • add What is France Schengen visa?

    France Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including France for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with France.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries?

    A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of France), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of France. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • add How long can I stay in the Schengen area on the basis of my visa?

    The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:

    • the purpose of your trip
    • when and where you intend to travel
    • how your trip is going to be funded
    • day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    • duration of the trip
  • add As a French short-stay visa holder can I extend my Schengen Visa while in France?

    You cannot extend your French short-stay while in France except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another France Visa if necessary.

    • the purpose of your trip
    • when and where you intend to travel
    • how your trip is going to be funded
    • day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    • duration of the trip
  • add If my French short-stay multiple entry Schengen Visa is valid for a year, how long can I remain in the French territory?

    A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a French territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.

  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a Schengen Visa?

    You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-15 working days from your appointment date.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a France Visa?

    Typically, a France Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 5 to 15 days to process in the France Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a France Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a France Schengen Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for France Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add My family is also applying for the France Visa, how many appointments should we make?

    Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.

  • add Which countries are part of the Schengen Area?

    The Schengen area covers 26 countries ("Schengen States") without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. These countries apply the common visa policy for short stay Visas. This Visa allows you to travel through France and the Schengen area for up to 90 days.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry.

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry Schengen Visa?

    According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.

  • add Why is personal appearance mandatory for France Visa?

    As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.

  • add What is attestation d’accueil?

    If you are being invited by your family/friend staying in France, then an “attestation d’accueil” has to be sent by your host in France. This form is available at the local town hall. It is a compulsory requirement for people applying for a France Visa to visit family or friends if they are staying with this person at their home in France. The validity of the France Visa you may be granted will not exceed the dates stated on this certificate. Therefore it is advisable that the form be kept handy while traveling.

  • add Do I need to have purchase travel insurance?

    Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.

  • add What are the Schengen Visa travel insurance requirements?

    Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approx. USD $34,000)
    • Coverage for repatriation for medical reasons
    • Coverage for emergency medical treatment
    • Coverage for expenses resulting from your death
    • Coverage for the entire period of your intended stay
    • Valid in all Schengen Area countries
  • add Can you process the Travel Insurance for me?

    Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to cover yourself in France as medical treatment can be very expensive in France. We can certainly assist you with the travel insurance as it’s an absolute necessity for International travel in the event of unexpected events such as medical emergencies, baggage delay or loss etc.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a France Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for a France Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of exp erience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the France Visa process?

    We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.

  • add What is the France visa fees for Indian citizens?

    France Visa Fees for Indian Citizens

    Type of France Visa France Visa Fees
    Tourist Visa (Short term)  ₹ 7,199
    Business Visa (Short term)  ₹ 7,199
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Simple steps to get a France Visa:

What is the procedure to apply for a France Visa online?

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free France Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Travel visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your France visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated visa expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for a France Visa through Akbar Travels:

  1. Step 1: Provide your travel details to our France Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.
  2. Step 2:Pay your France visa fee online and upload all your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.
  3. Step 3: Your France visa documents will be thoroughly verified and scrutinized by our Experts who will notify you of any pending document or additional requirement.
  4. Step 4: Our Visa Expert will complete your France Visa application online and schedule appointment as part of the France Visa process.
  5. Step 5: On the appointment day you will need to submit Biometrics information that includes fingerprinting and photograph, and submit your visa file.
  6. Step 6: Receive your France Visa.
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Basic Requirements to visit France

  • Have a valid Passport and valid France Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your France visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in France and the amount depends on how long you will stay in France and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid France Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in France;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • France Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in France

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid France Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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France travel guide

Be it the fairy tale castles, the picture-perfect villages, beautiful islands, or the soaring cathedrals; France is an epitome of beauty in the world. Read more

Framed in a progressive yet contemporary style, France idealists and realists alike. Beginning from the breath-taking Eiffel Tower to the stunning masterpieces in the Louvre Museum, French architecture has a significance of its own. Every corner of this wonderful country speaks a different story with its beautiful visuals and experiences of a lifetime. In spite of everything, France remains the world's number one tourist destination, and by and large it remains one of the safer places in the world to visit. it's not hard to understand why. France has it all - or more or less. It has tourist sights for all tastes; it has some of the greatest beaches in Europe, as well as the highest mountains and the finest historic monuments, the most beautiful cities, the most idyllic countryside, the most magnificent castles, the finest rivers, and plenty more, not to mention some of the best restaurants and the finest wines and more hotels than any other country in Europe.

France has something for everyone, which is one of the reasons why it remains the world's number one tourist destination. It has magnificent holiday opportunities for everything from a short weekend city break, in places such as Paris, Nice or Bordeaux, to a relaxed family holiday in a gite in the countryside, a week or two's relaxation by the seaside, or an energetic break hiking, climbing, kayaking or cycling in France's great outdoors.

Apart from the visual wonders, France also offers a huge variety of food that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Each region in France has a distinctive cuisine, making the country a beautiful paradise for all the foodies. Famous for its cheese and wine, France is one of the most favourite tourist destinations in the Schengen Zone, which attracts travellers and globetrotters from everywhere. Be it the glistening beaches of the French Riviera or the charming island of Corsica; France occupies a special place in the heart of the travellers. With world-className cuisine and culture, and food that is celebrated worldwide; hop on your flight and indulge in the irresistible charm of France.

Places to visit in France

Here is a list of places you cannot miss to visit on your trip to France:

  • Eiffel Tower: Standing tall against the beautiful Paris landscape, the Gustave Eiffel Tower is a highlight for all the tourists visiting France.
  • St Tropez: This resort community on the French Riviera is an artist colony and a fishing village that holds utmost importance among the tourists.
  • Chamonix: This place is perfect for all the people who enjoy snow sports. Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts that attract the attention of many tourists across the world.
  • Palace of Versailles: With a hall of mirrors and beautiful gardens; the Palace of Versailles is a major tourist spot in France.
  • Mont Saint-Michel: This small tidal island located across the coast of Normandy is a spectacular sight to witness.
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France Facts and Figures

Name
France
Location:
Western Europe
Time::
IST (-) 4 ½ hours Read more
Capital:
Paris
Major cities:
Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux
Language:
French
Area:
513,115 sq kms
Population:
67,106,161
National day:
05 Aug
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Main Airline:
Air France
International Airports:
Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Orly (ORY)
Blagnac (TLS)
Cote d’ Azure (NCE)
Marignane (MRS)
Satolas (LYS)
Lesquin (LIL)
Best time to visit France:
June to August and September to October
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Other France Visa types

We currently only process France Tourist Visas and France Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following France visa applications.

1. Uniform Schengen Visa:

The Uniform Schengen Visa allows the Visa holder to stay for a maximum of 90 days in a six-month travel period from the date of entry. You can take the Visa based on the purpose of the travel for either transiting through the airport or for staying in a Schengen Area for a specified period of time depending on the Visa validity. There are three kinds of short-term France Visas issued under the Schengen Visas:

  • Single-Entry: This France Visa permits the holder to enter the Schengen Area only once for a certain period of time. The validity of the Visa expires once the holder leaves the area.
  • Double-Entry: This France Visa permits the holder to enter the Schengen Area twice, depending on the validity of the France Visa.
  • Multiple-Entry: This France Visa permits the holder to enter and leave the Schengen Area multiple times. This Visa is applicable only for Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain, and Switzerland.

2. Limited Territorial Validity Visas (LTV):

The LTV permits the holder to enter and visit a particular country in the Schengen Zone.

3. National Visa:

National Visas are issued to the individuals who need to stay in a Schengen country for a specific period of time. They are usually issued to students and professionals.

Under these three categories of Visas, five types of Visas are issued in the Schengen Zone. Here is a list of the types of Visas issues in the Schengen Area:

4. Student Schengen Visa:

This Visa permits the student to pursue studies in any of the Schengen countries. Usually, this Visa allows the holder to stay only for a period of 90 days; however, if the course of study exceeds 90 days, then the student can apply for a residence permit that allows them to stay for a longer period until the course ends.

5. Working Schengen Visa:

This Visa permits the citizens from a non-Schengen zone to work in a Schengen country with the help of a Residence Permit. This Visa is issued for a long-term and hence allows the holder to avail all other benefits in the Schengen Zone as any other citizen in the Schengen Zone.

6. Transit Schengen Visa:

This Visa is meant especially for travellers who wish to change flights in the Schengen Zone. This short-term Visa permits the Visa holder to change an aero-place while travelling from a non-Schengen country to another non-Schengen country via a country in the Schengen territory.