Visa for visiting a represented African country

1- Conditions

You wish to visit any of the following countries for a period not exceeding three months for non-professional purposes: Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Mauritania, Senegal, and Togo. As these countries have no representation in India, the Embassy of France in New Delhi is authorised to accept and examine your visa application under the same conditions applicable to issuing a Schengen visa visa Schengen (except those allowing the holder to seek employment).

If the visa application is rejected, you may directly contact the competent diplomatic or consular representation of the State concerned. Visa application fees are not refundable.

In application of Decree n°2008-1176 dated 13 November 2008 and the European Parliament Regulation (EC) N° 810/2009 dated 13 July 2009, the Visa Section of the Embassy of France does not process visa applications from applicants who do not habitually reside or are not domiciled in the jurisdiction of Delhi circonscription de Delhi, except for emergencies/unforeseen

2- Regulations governing visits and application processing system:

Each destination has its own regulations governing visits and the procedures for processing visa applications. Please check below for further information:

2.1- BURKINA FASO

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver:

-  all passports: Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

-  diplomatic and official passports only: Morocco, Russia.

Nationals from the following countries can avail of a short-stay visa on arrival in Burkina Faso:

 Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.

The Embassy of France in New Delhi is not authorised to process applications of nationals of countries eligible for visas on arrival.

Visa issuance procedure

Your application will be submitted to the Burkina Faso authorities for prior consultation if you are a national of any of the following countries:
 Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo.

2.2- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver:
 Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Israel, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Chad, Togo.

The Embassy of France in New Delhi is competent to issue visas for other nationals.
Although not guaranteed, Central African Republic authorities may exceptionally issue a visa on arrival on payment of 2,00,000 FCFA (300 euros) and visa fees.

Prior consultations
Your application will be submitted to the Central African Republic authorities for prior consultation if you are a national of any of the following countries:
 Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cuba, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Syria, CIS countries (except Russia), Yemen.

The Embassy of France in New Delhi is not authorised to issue visas for a period exceeding 30 days.

2.3- IVORY COAST

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver:

-  all passports: Andorra, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Monaco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Vatican City.

-  diplomatic and official passports only: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland.

Nationals who may submit applications to the Embassy of France

The Embassy of France in New Delhi is authorised to process visa applications from the nationals of the following countries:
 Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria*, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Bahrain, Belgium*, Belize, Bermudas, Bhutan, Belorussia, Botswana, Brazil*, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France*, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel*, Italy*, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg*, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Marin, Saint Thomas and Principe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland*, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
* only ordinary passport holders require a visa.

The Embassy of France in New Delhi is not authorised to process visa applications from the nationals of the following countries:
 Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Chine, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sudan, Sri Lanka, stateless persons and refugees, Syria, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen.

Nationals of the following countries must apply directly to an Ivorian diplomatic or consular representation:
 Anguilla, Antigua, Ghana.

Prior consultations
None required.

2.4- DJIBOUTI

Regulations governing visits
All foreigners require an entry visa.

Prior consultations
None required.

Visa details
The Embassy of France in New Delhi is authorised to issue visas valid for a maximum of 10 days, irrespective of the applicant’s nationality. The validity period may be extended by the central immigration services of Djibouti. Applications for visa extension must be submitted before the expiry of the visa issued “under pain of its holder’s deportation without prior notice”.

2.5- GABON

Regulations governing visits
All foreigners require an entry visa.

Prior consultations
 All tourist visa applications are subject to prior consultations with the Gabonese authorities.
 South African nationals can receive visas on arrival.
 For private or professional visits: the host must seek authorisation from the local authorities in Libreville (Directorate General of Documentation and Immigration) and forward it to the visa applicant, who must apply for a visa on arrival on Gabonese territory.

2.6- MAURITANIA

Regulations governing visits
If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver:
-  Member States of the Arab Maghreb Union, except Morocco: Algeria, Tunisia, Libya

-  ECOWAS Member States: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

-  Bulgaria

Visas are mandatory for other nationalities

Prior consultations
All visa applications are subject to prior consultations with the Mauritanian authorities.

New System :
Further to the creation of a biometric visa system, travellers to Mauritania will have to apply for a visa on arrival at Nouakchott Airport.”

2.7- SENEGAL

New System :
With effect from the 1st of July 2013, the Senegalese authorities have made biometric visas compulsory for all foreign nationals requiring visas. The pre-registration procedure through the dedicated website www.visasenegal.sn enables applicants to submit their applications online and travel with the pre-visa that is available at the end of this procedure. This document enables applicants to travel and obtain their visa on arrival at the Senegalese border, after biometric data collection.”

2.8- TOGO

Regulations governing visits
If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver:
 Benin, Burkina, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone.

The Embassy of France in New Delhi does not process visa applications for Togo as they are issued on arrival.

3- Submitting your application


1. Applications must be submitted to VFS Global

2. All supporting documents must be submitted with a French translation. English translations are also accepted.

3. It is mandatory to submit all required documents. The Visa Section reserves the right to request for additional documents if it deems it necessary.

4. Visa fees

5. The Visa Section may require the applicant to appear personally.

6. The Visa Section reserves the right to ask a visa holder to appear personally on their return to India.

7. Child visitors
 Child visitors (aged under 18 years) must furnish a birth certificate.
 They must also furnish a certificate of no-objection to visa issuance and leaving the Indian territory signed by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) if the latter are not visa applicants accompanying the child. Their signatures in the certificate must be notarised and the signatories must submit documents proving their identity.

Further, the parents or legal guardian(s) must also sign an authorisation stating that the adult accompanying the minor is authorised to do so and is responsible for them.

8. Young adults whose parents will be bearing the expenses for the visit will have to submit proof of family ties, their socio-professional status (school certificate, employment certificate) and supporting documents of parents’ income:

-  copy of bank statements of the last three months

-  copy of Income Tax Department Return + ITR-V acknowledgement of the previous financial year

-  last three salary slips.

9. An applicant whose trip expenses will be borne by the spouse must furnish a marriage certificate and supporting documents of the spouse’s income.

10. Holders of a yellow Indian Identity Certificate must obtain a return visa from the Indian authorities prior to submitting their French visa application, and furnish their birth certificate.

Last modified on 22/05/2015

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