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News 31/01/2020: 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.

News 31/01/2020: BREXIT

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.

News 23/01/2020: Study trip to 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.