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Entry visas, short-stay visas and long-stay visas: application fees

Type of visa

- Airport transit visa or entry and short-stay visa (under 90 days), valid for France and, unless otherwise stated on the visa sticker, for the Schengen Area: application fee 60 euros

- Airport transit visa or entry and short-stay visa (under 90 days), valid for a French overseas region or department (DOM-ROM): Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin or representing an African third country: application fee 60 euros

- Airport transit visa or entry and short-stay visa (under 90 days), valid for New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte and French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF): application fee 9 euros

- Entry and long-stay visa (over 90 days), valid for France (no territorial distinctions): application fee 99 euros

- National long-stay visa (over 90 days) issued to foreign children fully and legally adopted by French nationals as required by their country of origin, valid for Metropolitan France, overseas departments and collectivities: application fee 15 euros

Reduced rate

For short-stay visas, an application fee of 35 euros shall apply to:

- children between the age of 6 and 11 inclusive (excluding New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte and French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF));

- nationals from the following countries, under a facilitation agreement (for short-stay visas for the Schengen Area only):

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine;
  • Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia: for holders of non-biometric passports only, as holders of biometric passports do not require a visa.

Free of charge

Visa fees are waived for the following foreign nationals:

- foreign members of families of nationals of other Member States of the EU/EEA and Switzerland (decree of 11 March 1994 amended);

- the foreign spouse of a French national (decree 98-839 of 18 September 1998);

- holders of a diplomatic or service passport;

- for easier movement of young people:

  • children under the age of 6 (European Council (EC) decision of 1 June 2006)(excluding New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte and French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF));
  • primary and secondary school students travelling as part of twinning arrangements between schools, or undertaking trips for the purposes of study or educational training (EC decision of 1 June 2006)(Schengen Area only);
  • students and postgraduate students undertaking trips for the purposes of study or educational training (EC decision of 1 June 2006)(Schengen Area only);
  • holders of French government study grants;
  • holders of study grants from foreign governments and foundations and beneficiaries of EU programmes;
  • beneficiaries of the France-Canada agreement concerning youth mobility of 14 March 2013;
  • beneficiaries of the France-Japan working holiday agreement of 8 January 1999;
  • beneficiaries of the France-Korea working holiday agreement of 20 October 2008;
  • beneficiaries of the France-Argentina working holiday agreement of 18 February 2011;
  • beneficiaries of the France-Colombia working holiday agreement of 25 June 2015;

- persons gainfully employed:

  • teachers accompanying groups undertaking trips for the purposes of study or educational training (EC decision of 1 June 2006) (Schengen Area only);
  • scientific researchers (EC decision of 1 June 2006) (Schengen Area only);
  • seasonal workers (order of 4 March 1994);
  • salaried workers and members of their families benefiting from family reunification, nationals of States that have signed a fee waiver agreement for these types of visas (Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey);
  • foreign nationals teaching French (but not members of their families);
  • foreign language assistants and teaching assistants.

Certain formalities relating to the visa application process such as booking appointments, submitting applications and collecting biometric fingerprint data may be conducted by service providers. The fees charged by these providers must be paid by visa applicants in addition to their application fees. For further information please see the websites of the relevant diplomatic and consular posts.

Updated: May 2016


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