Please read the information below carefully to find answers to your questions.
Before applying for a visa you must make sure that your passport is valid:
Visa applications for France are now received by TLScontact, except for some categories that are still received by the Consulate General of France in London directly.
You may only submit your visa application within 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 calendar days before the first available appointment at our center because the visa process takes minimum 15 days.
Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days from the date of your return from the Schengen area if you apply for a short visa and at least 15 months from the date of travel to the Schengen area if you apply for a long visa
To apply for a visa, you should find more details on our procedure page.
Personal appearance is mandatory for all visa applicants, unless you are exempted from biometric data capturing.
If you hold a biometric Schengen visa issued within 59 months, either bearing the mention ‘VIS’ or issued post March 2016, you can:
If you don’t hold a Schengen visa delivered within 59 months and either bearing the mention ‘VIS’ or issued post March 2016, you can:
List of accredited agencies:
Notice: If applicant’s latest Schengen visa mentions ‘’VIS 0”, applicant is still required to provide their biometric data, as “VIS 0” visa means only alphanumeric data and a photograph are provided, but no fingerprint.
Personal appearance is mandatory for all long stay visa applicants even if they have a previous Schengen visa delivered within 59 months and with the remarks ”VIS” is mentioned.
In general, everyone is required to enroll biometric information (10 fingerprint and digital photo); only applicants who are within the following categories will be exempted:
Applicants need to provide a photocopy of this visa sticker as a proof. However, the local consular authority may request you to submit the biometric data again.
You can find more detail information on how to take an appointment on TLScontact website here.
Visa application forms can be found on France-Visas website.
The Embassy may request you to provide additional documents or information, according to your personal situation, even after you have submitted your application at TLScontact centre. Please note that any additional document, which is not required in the basic list according to your type of visa, must also be accompanied with a certified translation into either English or French if it is in any other language.
The two photographs required for any visa application must be:
For more information, please visit the link here.
Travel insurance for Short-stay Schengen visa (less than 90 days):
Due to a regulation of the European Union (Decision 2004/17/CE of December 22nd 2003), there is a requirement to hold travel insurance, which is a compulsory document.
The travel insurance should be:
Health insurance for Long-stay Visitor visa (more than 90 days): New rules updated on 14/05/2021
1. Temporary Long Stay Visitor visa “VLS-T” (duration of stay 90-180 days/year)
2. Long Stay Visitor visa “VLS-TS” (duration of stay over 180 days/year)
In case of retirement in France (applies for Retirees receiving a British retirement pension) :
Attention: French consular authority reserves the right to ask for any information or documents needed for processing a visa application. If this happens, the consular authority will send an email instruction directly to visa applicant.
Difference between a Travel insurance and a Health insurance:
The Schengen travel insurance covers treatment in the event of an emergency, whilst the requested private health insurance also provides cover for routine treatment and ongoing treatment for pre-exiting conditions.
Please check passport collection opening hours on Address page.
Collection in person
When your passport is ready to be collected, you will be notified online on your personal account page and by SMS notification (if you have requested this service), informing you to come to the TLScontact center with:
Collection by representative
Representative may retrieve your passport on your behalf with the documents listed below:
Return by courier
TLScontact offers an Express Courier Return service, allowing you to receive your passport directly at your home or your office. To obtain this service please add it to your cart on the Added Value Services page available when you log into your personal account on our webpage.
If you choose to cancel this service after your application has been submitted, Express Courier Return fee cannot be refunded.
Recipient address and information for this service must be filled in by the applicant or representative during application submission appointment. Once the application has been submitted, no changes can be made to the recipient address and information. We therefore kindly ask you to confirm recipient address and information before the application submission.
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