What are the basics I need to know when traveling to France?
As France is in the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls, you will need to apply for a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a nation that does not have a visa-free travel arrangement with these states.
This can be done via French consulates or embassies, or visa application centers acting on their behalf - in France’s case, from the company VFS Global or TLS.
What do I need to apply for a French visa?
To obtain a Schengen Visa to travel to France, you will need to provide :
- your passport or travel document,
- an itinerary explaining the reasons for your trip
- proof of accommodation
- evidence you can financially support yourself during your stay
- a recent photo
- travel and health insurance certificate proving you are covered for your trip for medical expenses up to €30,000 ($26,855)
How to find a French consulate near me?
1. French embassies and consulates in the U.S.
Visa applications to France from those living in the U.S. are handled by the firm VFS Global and approved by the country’s consulates. There are VFS Global centers in
- Washington DC,
- New York,
- Los Angeles,
- San Francisco.
Applications will be dealt with by regional consulates. Navigate the map to visit the website of the French Consulate General responsible for your state of residence or the French Embassy in Washington.
More information, via the France-visas website, is available here : france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/in/a-qui-sadresser
French Embassy in Washington DC
How do I contact the French Embassy Washington DC?
Address: 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
Telephone: +1 202-944-6000
Use the form franceintheus.org/spip.php?article1131 if you wish to contact the French Embassy in the U.S.
How do I apply for a visa in the French Embassy in Washington DC?
For general information regarding visas, please visit the official website: France-Visas.gouv.fr
The visas office in Washington DC does not answer requests with the only exception of proven difficulties. If, and only if, you think you are in such a situation you may send an email to:
If you need help with your visa application or want to learn more about how to obtain a visa please contact VFS GLOBAL visa application center: Email: info.FranceUSA@vfsglobal.com
French Consulate in New-York
How do I contact the French embassy New York?
Address: 934, Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021 United States
Telephone: (+1) (212) 606 36 00
How do I schedule my visa appointment in the French consulate New York?
Obtaining a visa appointment in the France Consulate in New York is an online-only procedure: pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/rdvinternet/html-4.02.00/frameset/frameset.html?lcid=1&sgid=212&suid=1
The appointment online system offers all the available appointment slots at the time of connection. If need be, we suggest to go and check online, as often as necessary, if any appointment cancellation has occurred thus offering new available appointment slots.In order to apply for a visa, an appointment must first be made on line, Monday to Friday, except public holidays, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm
French Consulate in Chicago
How do I contact the French Consulate in Chicago?
Address: 205 North Michigan Avenue Michigan Plaza, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Telephone: (+1) (312) 327 5200
How do I schedule my visa appointment in the French consulate in Chicago?
The visa department to the Consulate General of France in Chicago is definitively closed.
From now on, all visa applications for France are reviewed by the Consulate General of France in Washington.
On France-visas website, you can choose to make an appointment at the VFS center in Chicago or anywhere else in the US. For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France. France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).
General information :
- (212) 784-6157 or (347) 252-3055
2. French Consulates in the U.K.
TLScontact handle visa applications to France from the U.K. on behalf of the French consulate UK and they have application centers in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. The French Consulate itself is based in South Kensington, west London.
French Consulate general in London
21, Cromwell Road
LONDON SW7 2EN
Tél : 0207 073 1200
Tél Visas : 0845 7300 118
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms and directions are available on the website of TLS (fr.tlscontact.com/gb/splash.php)
Consulate General of France in Edinburgh
West Parliament Square
EDINBURGH EH1 1RF
Please note that this consulate general doesn’t deal with visa application.
For further information on visa applications and additional consular services in the U.K., check out the French Embassy UK in London website.
French embassy in London:
For any questions regarding visa or civil status applications, please contact only the French Consulate:
21 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2EN.
Tel. [+44] 020 7073 1200
3. French Consulates in India
Those applying for French visa from India need to fill in their application on the france-visas.gouv.fr website, which will guide you through the process and provide information on the documentation and details you need to submit as part of your application.
Visa applications to France from those living in India are dealt with by the firm VFS Global and approved by the French consulates in India. There are VFSGlobal centers in :
- Mumbai (Bombay),
- Puducherry (Pondicherry),
- or Pune (Poona).
Applications will be dealt with by regional consulates or the French Embassy Visa in New Delhi :
2/50-E Shantipath Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110 021
Tel: 91 (11) 4319 6100
Fax: 91 (11) 4319 6119
More information, via the France-visas website, is available here : france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/in
4. French Consulates in the Philippines
Those applying for France visa from the Philippines need
- to fill in their application on France-visas.gouv.fr,
- then book an appointment at the VFS Global center in Manila.
- From there, your application will be passed on to the French Consulate General in Manila, in order for them to make the final visa decision.
There is one VFS Global center in the Philippines, based in The World Center in the capital city of Manila :
30th Floor, The World Centre, Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Applications will be dealt with by the Schengen Visa French Embassy in the Philippines :
16th Floor Pacific Star Building, Senator Gil Puyat Extension corner Makati Avenue, 1200 Makati City, Philippines
Telephone : +632 8 857 6900
Use the form (ph.ambafrance.org/Write-to-us) in order to contact the French Embassy Visa in the Philippines
More information, via the France-visas website, is available here : france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas/
5. I live in the U.A.E., where do I need to go ?
Since May 2015, citizens of the United Arab Emirates have been exempt from requiring entry visas to travel to France. If you do think you require a visa, from 1 September 2019, you should fill out an application on the France-visas website and then submit it at the VFS Global centers in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Applications will then be processed by the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Staff at the VFS Global center will keep you informed about the process. More information is available from the French Consulate in Abu Dhabi’s website (ae.ambafrance.org/Applying-for-a-French-visa-in-United-Arab-Emirates).
How can AXA help ?
AXA offers several Schengen Visa compliant insurance policies for travel in Europe, including France. A Europe Travel insurance provides the mandatory insurance certificate needed for a Schengen visa.
The link to the embassies and consulates of the following Schengen countries:
Frequently asked questions about French embassies and consulates
Do I have to apply for my French Schengen Visa at my local embassy or consulate?
No. You can apply via a visa application center which acts on behalf of the embassy or consulate.
Can I use my Schengen Visa to enter and stay in a French overseas department or territory?
A France Schengen Visa does not authorize you to enter and stay in any of the French overseas departments or territories unless you possess a visa that specifically allows you to.
Can I change my visa type or my residence status once in France?
After you enter France, you cannot make any changes to your visa type or residence status, so you need to make sure you apply for the correct type of visa.