Information and documents
The presentation of all documents does not guarantee the issuance of visa.
The visa does not guarantee entry into the French or Schengen territory. It is essential that you carry with you the documents that enabled you to get your visa.
Schengen visa : Short stay visa from 1 to 90 days
You must apply at the Embassy of France in person.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, youapplication must be submitted at the consulate of the country that is your main destination, ie. the country where you will be staying the most number of days.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination or will be staying the same amount of time in each of them, you must apply at the Consulate of the country you will enter first.
The Schengen Convention
26 EU / EEE states have enforced the Schengen convention. A Schengen visa allows entry in these 26 states:
|Czech Republic (CZH)||Lithuania|
|Denmark (DK)||Luxembourg (L)|
|Finland (FIN)||The Netherlands (NL)|
|Greece (GR)||Portugal (P)|
|Italy (I)||Spain (E)|
|The U.K. and Ireland, though members of the EU, are not part of the “Schengen Space”.|
Cyprus is not part of the “Schengen Space” either.
Therefore, a Schengen visa does not allow the holder to enter one of those 3 States, and a visa issued by one of those 3 States is not valid for entering the “Schengen space”.
- The purpose of the Schengen Convention is to eliminate controls at common borders and to promote free movement of people within the Schengen area.
- The relevant Schengen Consulate will issue a uniform visa for a short stay which will allow the holder to travel freely within the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days in a six month period.
- As a general rule the applicant should present his/her request at the Consulate of the Schengen country which is the main destination (longest stay, most number of days), if the main destination cannot be determined, then the country of first entry should be given.