NEWS: [22/06/2020] Reopening of French Visa Application Centre in London on 1 July 2020

General information


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Reopening of our Visa Application Centre in London


Following the announcement by the French authorities that they will start processing visa applications once more, our Visa Application Centre in London will be reopening from 1st July 2020.

Please note that visa centre is not open to public on a daily basis. Click here to check updated information on opening time.

British Residence Permit of applicants must be valid for at least 3 months after return from the trip to Schengen area.

For DOM-TOM visas: delivery for Overseas Departments and Territories may resume with the exception of applications for French Guiana and Mayotte.In case of any application for French Guiana and Mayotte, please contact us first, as the application must be submitted with prior authorisation.

Special notice:

1. The possible issuance of a visa does not guarantee the possibility of entry into the territory, which remains determined by border restrictions. Before applying for a visa, it is recommended that you check whether you are authorised to enter France by consulting the following page:

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

  • A body temperature check is being carried out at the entrance to the centre. Visitors with a temperature above 37.3°C will not be admitted to the centre.
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory from the time of arrival to the time of departure.
  • The water fountains, self-service Photome booth and trash cans are not available inside centre. Please bring your own pen, bottled water in case of need and a small disposable trash bag to keep used paper, towel or wipes.
  • Only payment by bank card is accepted.

Closure of French Visa Application Centres in UK


Upon instruction of French Consulate General in London, we regret to inform you that from now all the French Visa Application Centres in UK (London, Edinburgh, Manchester) are closed to public and will not receive any application until further notice.

For any urgent use of your passport, please send us online message in "Contact us" section. We will coordinate with the Consulate General of France in London for booking an appointment to collect your passport at consulate.

We deeply regret for any inconvenience this closure may cause you. Thank you for your understanding.

Increased visa fees for short-stay Schengen visa starting from February 2nd 2020


Increased visa fees for short stay visa following the revision of the Schengen Visa Code, implemented for all Schengen States. Please note that as of February 2, 2020 the Schengen visa fee per visa application will increase from 60 to 80 euros (equivalent amount in local currency).

For children between 6-12 years old the visa fee will increase to 40 euros (or equivalent). No change for other categories (Long Stay national visas, French overseas territories, EU agreement).

Visa for children under 6 years old, family members of EU nationals, spouse of French nationals remain free of charge.



BREXIT - As the UK formally leaves the European Union on January 31 at 11:00 pm (British time), all visa-related provisions of European Union law will continue to apply until the end the transition period scheduled for December 31, 2020.

This means in particular that British Nationals continue to be exempted from both short-stay and long-stay visas to travel and settle in France, as well as in the French DROM-CTOM.

Family members of British nationals still benefits from the provisions of Directive 2004/38/EC on the rights of EU citizens and members of their families.

Study trip in France


For best visa processing, Universities/Schools organising a study trip to France are invited to contact the Visa Section of the French Consulate General London ( with the definite list of all students requiring a Schengen visa and an explanatory letter.

This will need to state the course the students are enrolled in and give full details of the trip–nature of the trip, dates of travel, address of stay, etc. This must be done well ahead of time as visa processing delays cannot be expedited.

Do you join or travel with a family member from an EU country (excluding France), the EEA or the Swiss Confederation?

Ensure you choose the correct category to obtain the appropriate list of documents – if you are a family member of an EU citizen, travelling together to France and wish to apply for your visa under that category, say yes to the question ‘Do you join or travel with a family member from an EU country (excluding France), the EEA or the Swiss Confederation ?’ on the 1st page then indicate that your plans are for a ‘family/ private visit’ and the purpose of your stay is ‘Private visit/ family of EU/ EEA/ Swiss national’ on the second page.