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Important Notice

6th November, 2020

Dear Applicants, As of November 11th, all persons coming from China travelling to France as the final destination of their trip will be required to present, prior to boarding, the negative result of an antigenic test or a virological screening biological examination (PCR) performed less than 72 hours before the flight.

This measure also applies to persons transiting via a third country for which France is the final destination of their trip. The entire French territory is concerned, both metropolitan France and the overseas territories and communities. For air passengers transiting in France with a subsequent connection to a third country, there is no obligation to present a negative test on departure from China. However, these passengers are still required to apply any health measures required by the regulations of the country of final destination of their trip.

Sanitary instructions on arrival in France

21st August, 2020

If you are travelling to mainland France directly from China (including Hong Kong and Macau), or if you have stayed in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) within 30 days of your arrival on French territory, you must have :

  • A certificate of international travel waiver specifying the reason for your trip. This certificate must be presented to the transport company before departure and at border controls, accompanied by the necessary supporting documents.
  • A declaration that the person does not show symptoms of covid-19 infection and that he or she is not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 within 14 days prior to departure.
  • In addition, holders of short- or long-stay visas (including study visas) are advised to have a virological screening test less than 72 hours prior to departure to ensure that they are not contaminated with covid-19. Those who cannot justify a negative test result upon arrival in metropolitan France will be invited to quarantine themselves at their home or at a place they will indicate to the health authorities present at the airport.

    Attention: for those who have to travel to overseas territories, the presentation to boarding of a virological screening test carried out less than 72 hours before departure that does not conclude contamination by COVID-19 is mandatory.

    The certificates are available here.

    Children under 11 years of age are not affected by these measures.


    22nd June, 2020

    Following the announcement by the French authorities that they will start processing visa applications once more, our Visa Application Centre in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan will be reopening from June 22nd 2020. Please note that our opening hours have changed. More information is available on our Address & Opening Hours page.

    Initially, only short stay or long stay student visa type will be accepted. Our appointment table is now open for you to book a time slot for your appointment.

    We are implementing strict safety measures to protect our visa customers and our employees:

  • Anyone wishing to enter our centre will be required to provide a body temperature reading at the entrance. We will not be able to accept anyone with a temperature reading higher than 37.3°C.
  • All people entering our centre will have to wear a facemask.
  • We are applying strict social distancing measures inside our centre.
  • Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Important Notice

    3rd April, 2020

    What about foreigners whose short-term residence visas expire and who cannot return to their country of origin, or whose country prohibits entry from France for health reasons, or whose country faces the same health problems? Or because of air traffic disruption?

    In case of a justified emergency, a person with a short-term residence visa in France can obtain an extended short-term residence visa (90 days) or a temporary residence permit (3 months is recommended). Please contact "Préfecture" where you live.

    These emergencies are dealt with on a case by case basis by the "Préfecture". Agencies are required to organize specific ways to receive the public in order to take into account these legitimate user emergencies and avoid the consequences of an irregular stay in France. In special cases, visa extension is free of charge.

    Similarly, a person in such a situation in another country in the Schengen region must apply to the local authorities, who have the right to extend the Schengen visas even if they are issued by the French Embassy or Consulate.

    Important Notice

    17th March, 2020

    Dear applicants, due to the spread of COVID-19 virus in worldwide, the French government has issued strict measures to prevent and control it. Starting from 17th of March 2020, French Embassy and Consulates in China have to suspend all visa applications and the visa center is temporarily closed. The re-opening date will be notified later. During this period, please contact us through the official website for any emergent case by leaving a message online. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to you and thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

    Increased fees for visa applications

    Please note: as of February 2, 2020 the Schengen visa fee per person will increase from 60 to 80 euros or the equivalent amount in your local currency. For children between 6-12 years old the visa fee will increase to 40 euros or equivalent. No change for other categories. Visa for children under 6 years old remain free of charge.

    Self-service insurance

    Due to a regulation of the European Union (Decision 2004/17/CE of December 22nd 2003), it is necessary for visa applicants to be in possession of travel insurance valid in the Schengen area.

    TLScontact offers self-service insurance in Beijing center. For more information, you are invited to visit the website Insurance products offered by the website meet Schengen insurance requirements. Service provided by third party.

    Visa exemption NOW for New Caledonia with approved travel agencies

    From now on, all Chinese tourist traveling through an approved agency are now exempt from visa for New Caledonia for stays of less than 15 days. It means besides Polynesia and Reunion, New Caledonia becomes third destination, where Chinese Tourist can visit without visa if it’s through accredited travel agencies. For more details please visit our Documents and Visa Types page or FAQ.