Short stay visas

Do you need a visa according to your nationality ?:

The holder of a Schengen visa can stay in the Schengen Space in maximum 90 days in any 180-day period.

It is issued :

- for a family or private visit,

- for touring,

- for studying,

- for professional purposes.

A specific visa is required for the DOM or TOM, even if one holds a short stay visa for France.

Please note that the holders of a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen state are allowed to enter the french overseas territories for a maximum of tree months._

Processing fees have to be paid to the consular department when submitting the application for the visa.

  • Required relevant documents

The applicant has to submit ones application personally to the consular department. The original documents to join as well as a copy have to be provided with the application :

-  an application form for a short stay visa (Schengen visa), duly filled out in black and signed,

-  an identity photograph,

-  a passport valid 3 months after the end of the stay,

-  a proof of the purpose of the stay and a proof of accommodation during this one : attestation of accommodation (for family or private visits), hotel reservation, invitation from a company...,

-  a proof of financial resources testifying to sufficient means to cover the cost of the stay : 3 last bank statements,

-  a proof of medical coverage and travel insurance, covering medical and repatriation expenses for the period and place of stay,

-  a guarantee of return : return ticket, valid Schengen or return visa.


  • For a family or private visit, the attestation of accommodation has to be filled out and stamped by the city hall of the lodging place. It leads to the collection of a tax of €30 for the Agence Nationale pour l’Accueil des Etrangers et des Migrations (ANAEM).
  • Additional documents may be requested by the consular department.
  • The issue of a visa does not in itself grant the right to enter the French territory and the Schengen Space. The original documents presented when submitting the application might be requested by the border authorities and should also be kept by the visa holder throughout his stay.

Changes to the Schengen border code, new requirements entering into force on the 19th of July 2013. :

For short stays in the Schengen-area States, all third country nationals seeking to enter the Schengen area, must hold a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the date of their intended departure. The passport must also not be issued more than 10 years prior.

Dernière modification : 31/10/2013

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