British citizens are exempted from visas for short stay visits to the Schengen area (up to 90 days in any 180 days period) but will require a visa if staying more than 90 days in France.
France must be your main travel destination.
Please follow these steps in order to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa or a long-stay visa.
Read the different steps below
to correctly submit your visa application at the TLScontact Visa Application Centre.
Create an account on the France-Visas website by entering your personal email address and a password.
Please note that the France-Visas form should be completed and printed prior to booking an appointment. As soon as your form is validated your application form will be sent to your email address. The form must be signed by the applicant in person.
If you are uncertain about the category of travel purpose to choose, please read first "Coming to France for..." section in the menu bar on top of France Visas portal.
For tourism/private visit, click here.
For professional purpose, click here.
For studies or training, click here.
For family purpose, click here.
After completing online registration on France Visas Portal, you will be able to download application form and the receipt (list of documents).
Please choose the correct travel purpose and prepare carefully the supporting documents based on your travel purpose.
You may use Visa Wizard tool to have a quick check of travel purpose and corresponding document list.
In order to book an appointment at one visa centre and track your visa application process, please create your personal user account, and activate your account by clicking the provided link in the email sent to you.
Log in to your account, fill in the requested personal data. If you are a member of a group of people applying for a visa together, please fill in the data of those accompanying you too. Submit the group when you finish.
Choose a date and time of your convenience to submit your application at our Visa Application Centre.Important notice: 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. Do not forget to print out your notification as it will be required at our welcome area.
Please arrive on time for your appointment with the appointment confirmation letter. If you are late or you fail to attend your appointment, you will be required to make a new appointment.
Important: If “VIS 0” is written on the last Schengen visa sticker, this means that only your alphanumeric data and photograph have been collected, but not your fingerprints. You are therefore required to appear in person to submit your biometric data.
You can track your application at any time by logging in your personal account.
Your application will be processed by the Consulate General of France in London. TLScontact does not make any decision related to your visa application.
The Consular Authority may ask for more information or additional document. If this happens, you will be contacted by email or phone with detailed instructions.
Important notice: You can track your application anytime by visiting your personal account on our website.
After the Consulate General of France in London has made a decision on your visa application, your passport will be returned first to London Visa Centre. Passports of applicants who have applied in Edinburgh/Manchester centre will still need to be transferred from London centre. You will be notified by automated email as soon as your passport is ready for collection.
You can collect your passport in person or by a representative.
Collection in person with:
Collection by representative with:
If you have chosen Express Courier Return Service, your passport will be sent to the address chosen during the submission. This service is suspended for the moment.