How to Get a France Visa for Short Stay for Tourism, Business or Airport Transit Purposes

France Short Term Stay Visa

France Short Term Stay Visa

France has one of the best network of websites for visa information around. The starting point for getting any visa for France is to find the website of your nearest consulate or embassy. Most websites will then have easy-to-follow links that are based on the different types of visas the country provides to foreigners.

For information on other types of visas for France, go to my France visa page.

I’ll break everything down for you below.

Visa required for U.S. citizens: No visa needed for stays up to 90 days (tourist or business purposes)

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens: If you are not a U.S. citizen, check this page here to see if you need a visa.

Find your closest consulate

If you’re inside the U.S.: Click here. (site is in French)

If you’re outside of the U.S.: Click here.

Gather documentation

The best list of required documents if you are applying within the U.S. can be found by following the link here, but as mentioned before go to the website of your consulate or embassy from Step 1.

Visa fee

There will definitely be fees for these types of visas.  The official list of fees is here.

Submit materials

Submit your required materials from Step 2 and visa fee from Step 3 to the embassy or consulate you found in Step 1.

Receive your visa

Congratulations!  The Embassy or Consulate General of France will give to you your brand new France visa.

Vaccination information

Don’t get sick! Check vaccination requirements here.

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