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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.

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Attention to the quality of Photograph

The French diplomatic missions would like to invite the applicants to pay attention on the importance of providing the qualified photograph to support your visa applications. For more information, please click here.

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.

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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.

Simplified Visa Policy: France is always more attractive!

Since 1st November, under the new immigration law of 7 March 2016, France is again relaxed its visa allocation policy. “For stays of less than 90 days: Temporary Work Permit is no longer required for the following travelers:

  • Researchers and scientists
  • Professors invited by a university
  • Participants in educational and research symposia and seminars
  • Artistic and cultural occupations
  • Cinematographic and audiovisual production
  • Sporting
  • Mannequins
  • House staff

For stays of more than 90 days, France sets up the “Passport talent”. This new type of visa will facilitate administrative procedures in France for applications for residence permits. The following audiences are eligible for the “Passport talent”:

  • Researchers and scientists
  • Artists-performers
  • Business creators
  • Economic Investors
  • Innovative economic project leaders
  • Highly qualified employees
  • Employees on mission (under certain conditions)
  • European Credit Card
  • Any person of national or international renown in his field (professional, academic, artistic, sports, …).