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Documents and Visa types

You wish to go to France? Depending on your nationality, you will need a visa. Depending on the duration and purpose of your stay in France, you may have to request for different types of visa.

For short stays, European regulations specify the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirement to enter the Schengen Area. Countries list can be found here.

Short-stay visas

If you travel to France for stays of less than or not exceeding 90 days, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. This visa is valid for France and for all, the 26 countries of the Schengen Area).

However, it is not valid for the territories and communities overseas (including: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna = CTOM) and Oversea Departments (include: Guadeloupe, Guyana, Reunion, Martinique and Mayotte = DROM).

As part of bilateral agreement, the French Consulate in Vietnam represents Malta and Estonia for issuing only short-stay Schengen visa.

To apply for a Schengen visa, you must file your application with the consulate or embassy of the country which is your main destination in Schengen (corresponds to the main purpose of your stay, or in the country of the longest stay, or, otherwise the country of the first entry in the Schengen area).

A short-stay visa can be issued for several purpose:  tourism, private visit, family visits, or business travels (conference, trade visit, fairs, training session,…). Under certain conditions, it may be valid for internships.

Reminder

Applications shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit (article 9, Community Code on Visas).

Please be informed that a Schengen visa has a limited territoriality validity and cannot be extend to the French oversea Departments (DROM) = Guadeloupe, Guyana, Reunion, Martinique and Mayotte =, the territories and communities overseas (CTOM) = New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna.

Then, if you plan to travel to a French DROM or CTOM you should apply for a separated visa.

Long-stay visas

If your stay exceeds 90 days, you must obtain a long-stay visa. This is particularly the case if you are a student, if you are employed in France (the members of your family who will accompany you will also need to apply for a visa for mission employee family). If you want to stay in France for more than 90 days for other reasons, you must request a long stay visitor visa.

Visas for spouse of French or European Union citizen

As spouse of a French or European citizen, you will be offered the privileged conditions for obtaining a short stay visa, which will allow you to make regular return trips to France and the Schengen area for stays not exceeding 90 days (and for a maximum of 180 days per year). You also benefit from preferential conditions for a long-stay visa allowing you to establish yourself in France.

Other visa

Find here other visa kinds which could suit with your travel purpose.

ATTENTION: Delays can be expected for the issuance of visas. You can make your visa application up to 90 days before the date of departure. Whatever happens, you must make your visa application at least 15 working days before the date of departure. To submit your application, please kindly make an appointment in advance and  you can contact our call center to have more information by calling + 84 (0)24 3939 2662. In case of refusal of visa application, fees are not refundable.

 

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