Different types of visa

Different types of visa

Advice
To identify the type of visa that you need, please check: What type of visa do you need for your stay?

Visas for a stay not exceeding 90 days

- Airport transit visa

- Schengen transit visa or transit visa for seafarers

- Visa for spouse of French national

- Visa for a foreign parent/grandparent dependent or non-dependent on an adult French citizen or their foreign spouse

- Short-stay visa for the spouse of a national of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland

- Tourist visa

- Visa for visiting a friend or family

- Business visa

- Academic/Scientific visa

- Visa for private studies

- Student visa « candidate for competitive examinations »

- Internship visa

- Visa for au pair students

- Visa for domestic staff accompanying French or foreign employer

- « Temporary work permit » visa (workers and artists)

Long-stay visa exceeding 90 days

- Long-stay visa for spouse of French national

- Long-stay visa for the spouse of a national of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland

- Long-stay visa for family members of scientists

- Long-stay visa for private studies

- Long-stay student visa « candidate for competitive examinations »

- Long-stay visa for school pupil

- Long-stay visa academic/scientific visa

- Long-stay internship visa

- Long-stay visa for au pair students

- Long-stay « visitor » visa

- Long-stay visa for salaried workers

- Long-stay visa for family members of salaried workers

- Long-stay visa for salaried artists under contract

- Long-stay visa for carrying on a commercial/ industrial activity or handicrafts production along with the establishment of a company

- Long-stay visa for carrying on a commercial/ industrial activity or handicrafts production under an already existing company or activity

- Long-stay visa - “Highly skilled worker” residence permit

Special visas

- Adoption visa

- Long- or short-stay visa on a diplomatic/ service/ official passport

- Short-stay visa for Burkina Faso

- Short-stay visa for the Central Afrcian Republic

- Short-stay visa for Ivory Coast

- Short-stay visa for Djibouti

- Short-stay visa for Gabon

- Short-stay visa for Mauritania

- Short-stay visa for Senegal

- Short-stay visa for Togo

- Short-stay visa for Monaco

- Three- to six-month visa for holders of a temporary work contract for Monaco

- Long-stay visa for Monaco

- Long-stay visa: studies in Monaco, residence in France

- Short-stay visa for French overseas departments and regions (DROM) and autonomous regions in the Americas (CTOM) (Saint Barthélémy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

- Long-stay visa for French overseas departments and regions (DROM) and autonomous regions in the Americas (CTOM) (Saint Barthélémy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

- Short-stay visa for countries and French autonomous regions (CTOM)

- Long-stay visa for countries and French autonomous regions (CTOM)

- Visa for entry and stay on the French Southern and Antarctic Lands territory

- Short-stay visa for French Island of Reunion

Important note

When you arrive at French immigrations, apart from your valid passport bearing a visa (except nationals qualifying for a visa waiver), you should also be in a position to produce the following:
-  supporting documents for your stay in France (if visiting for touristic purposes: hotel reservation, subscription to a package tour, etc.; for professional purposes: attestation letter from employer, invitation letter from a French organisation, etc.; for a private trip: "Attestation d’accueil issued by the competent French Town Hall and signed by the host who will provide the applicant’s accommodation)
-  financial proof of subsistence in France (cash, traveller’s cheques, valid international credit card, etc.
- guarantee of return to your country of origin (confirmed air ticket, etc.).

Reminder:

- A Schengen visa does not authorise you to enter a French overseas department or autonomous territory.
-  Nationals from a State that is not a Member of the European Union or the European Economic Area, or from Switzerland, irrespective of whether they require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, must mandatorily take a travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.

Last modified on 01/06/2015

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