Requirements before applying for a France Visa


What are your interests? Whatever you are interested in, the most visited country in the world has something to offer you. France has been able to satisfy people from different cultures and backgrounds. Now that you want to visit this scenery country, you might need its visa. To get one you should collect the requirements. In this blog, we will cover Requirements for a France Visa, requirements based on your job, for minors, FAQs, etc.


France Visa Requirements

These are the required documents you need to apply for a France visa:

  • France Visa Application Form. There are two types of application form for a France visa:
    • Short-stay form
    • Long-stay form

Make sure you complete the right form.

  • Two passport-style photos taken recently.
  • Valid passport. Your passport must have been issued in the past ten years. It must also be valid for at least three months over the end of your travel. It must have two blank pages.
  • Copies of older visas. If you have had visas for other countries, provide a copy.
  • Travel Medical Insurance. You have to provide evidence that you have bought medical insurance. It must cover any health problem you might have in France and Schengen areas for €30,000.
  • Complete Itinerary. It must include all the things you will do in France.
  • Proof of having financial means. You have to declare how you will pay your expenses in France. So you must submit these documents:
    • Bank statements.
    • In case you will work in France, an employment contract.
    • If you are retired the retirement benefit plan.
    • If you have income from a rented property, provide a copy of the documents.
    • In case you will be staying with a host, he/she must prove to have enough money to cover you in France.
    • Any other evidence to prove you have the funds to cover yourself in France.
  • Proof of accommodation in France. It shows where you will stay in France. You could submit one of these documents according to the purpose of your visit:
    • Hotel reservation.
    • Rental contract.
    • Certificate of owned property in France.
  • Criminal record certificate. It shows you have a clean police record.
  • Proof of paid France visa fee

If employed

  • Contract of employment.
  • A copy of your bank statements for the past six months.
  • Leave permission from your employer.
  • Income Tax Return (ITR).

If self-employed

  • A copy of your business registration/license.
  • A copy of your bank statements for the past six months.
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

If a student:

  • Proof of enrollment
  • The certificate of no-objection from school or university

If retired

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months


France Visa Required Documents for Minors

If your minors are traveling with you, you have to provide these documents for them:

  • Certificate of birth
  • Application form which is signed by both parents.
  • Family court order. This is when only one parent has full custody of the child.
  • Verified copies of IDs/passports of both parents/guardians.
  • A certifies parental permission to travel to France, signed by both parents if the minor is traveling alone with another person.

You have to submit all the original forms of documents and their photocopy. If your documents are not in French, you should have them translated in English/French. Remember to have the original documents, their translation, and copies of both.


France Tourist/Visitor Visa Required Documents

  • An invitation letter from your relative or friends in France with their address and phone number – if applicable
  • Bank statement of the past six months
  • Copies of passport.


France Visa Required Documents for Business Purposes

You can find the list of required documents for a Business France visa in this blog.


Let’s sum up …

In this blog, we explained all the required documents for a France Visa.

The general required documents, documents based on your job status, documents for minors all got covered.

You can find all the France visa information in the world here. This article is one of the essential steps in your application process.

To find out more about the visa that suits you, go through the menu of the site. You can find all the France types of visas at the left sidebar.

You can check the visa library to find more information about other countries’ visas.

In case you have some experience, please write it down in the comment section. Your comments let the readers choose better and avoid mistakes. Conveying your experiences as comments is a great help for applicants.

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