The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Policy for France
The visa policy is a set of regulations and requirements established for foreign citizens who want to travel to France.
The visa policy to visit France depends on whether the citizen resides in a country that is part of the Schengen passport-free zone or not.
If the foreign citizen belongs to the list of Schengen countries, they enjoy freedom of movement in France and do not need to obtain a visa. These travelers may enter the country by air, land or sea using a National ID card.
A number of foriegn citizens are also currently able to gain entry to France and the other Schengen Area countries without a visa for short stays, as long as the visit does not exceed the 90 days allowed and is for one of the permitted visa-free purposes.
However, by 2022, these same visa-exempt citizens will be required to pre-register for an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) in order to gain entry to France and the Schengen Area. This online visa waiver is being introduced to pre-screen travelers before they arrive in France.
Additionally, France’s visa policy currently states that citizens of around 150 countries are required to obtain a travel visa for the country no matter the purpose or length of the intended stay.
At the moment, this must be obtained through a French government overseas diplomatic office, either an embassy or a consulate, as France does not currently offer a visa on arrival or eVisa application.
Since numerous types of embassy visa for France are available, the applicant must specify the type of visa they want when filling out a consular visa application form. This may be either a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, student visa, or visa for transit, among other types of visa option.
The period of stay will depend on that permitted by each visa type. A French embassy visa may be issued as a single or multiple entry document, depending on nationality and the purpose of the stay.
Find further information about the different types of visa for France below.