IMPORTANT INFORMATION VISA APPLICATION
- Do I need a visa ?
All foreign nationals wishing to come to France must be able to present at the border the legal proofs relating to the object of the stay, the means of existence and the conditions of lodging.
In some cases, a visa is required. It must be requested before departure to the French consular services.
Do you need a visa?
To find out if you need a visa, to obtain information on how to apply, and to download the forms, consult the file "Coming to France" on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Where to apply ?
The visa application must be filed with the consulate of the Schengen country of principal destination (where you will spend most of your time).
If the trip involves several Schengen countries without a principal destination because the length of the stay in each country is identical, the application must be filed with the consulate of the first Schengen country that will be entered.
Persons applying for a visa at Embassy of France in Surinam must be residents in Surinam or Guyana. Consular authorities consider that a foreigner’s habitual residence is deemed to be in the consular district which meets the following criteria:
• stay of more than three months in the “visa district”;
• if the applicant is a national of a third party country, proper legal residence in Surinam or Guyana.
For a Schengen visa application (short stay), a foreign expatriate in transit that is in good standing in Surinam or Guyana may, in case of emergency, submit his application at Embassy of France in Surinam, provided he is able to justify the reasons for his application.
Residents of Guyana MUST go to the French Embassy in Paramaribo to apply for a visa. The consular services will endeavor to issue the visa within 48 hours.
- How to apply for a visa?
All visa applicants must make an appointment on the Embassy website.
- Processing time
The processing time is about 10 days, in order to avoid unexpected delays we STRONGLY suggest to apply at least 2 weeks before your departure. Please apply in advance, do not wait for the last minute.
You may apply for your visa NO EARLIER THAN 3 MONTHS before your departure date. No emergency visas will be issued. There is no expediting process.
IMPORTANT : Due to a high number of applicants during the months of JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and DECEMBER, please apply in advance.
- Application requirements
Please provide us with the ORIGINAL + 1 COPY of each document PER APPLICANT including passport and relevant pages. One passport = one set of visa documents (i.e. a family of 4 visa applicants = 4 sets of visa documents)
THE VISA SECTION DOES NOT MAKE ANY COPIES.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Short stay visa form (click to download)
The visa section will give you back the original documents.
Document or photocopy missing = incomplete file = high risk of visa refusal.
• One (1) application form duly completed and signed;
• Two (2) passport size fotos in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in format 35 mm X 45 mm with clear and uniform background;
• Original passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page and pages with Schengen or DOM visas). The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay in France. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport. Your passport contains at least two blank pages face to face and was issued less than 10 years ago;
• Proof of socio-occupational status:
o if you are an independent worker, you must provide proof of business registration;
o if you are a salaried employee, you must provide detailed proof of employment (letter from your employer) as well as your last three salary statements;
o if you are retired and draw pension benefits, you must provide proof of payment of such benefits;
o if you are a student, you must provide a recent study attestation;
o if you are unemployed, all documents pertaining to your resources, for example: letter from your spouse’s employer indicating his or her position, salary, the date of commencement of employment, the last three salary statements as well as your marriage certificate with translation.
• Sufficient financial means to cover the cost of your stay:
o You must provide your banking statements of the last three months. Banking statements printed from an ATM are not accepted. All statements must bear your name.
o Detailed proof of employment (letter from your employer) as well as your last three salary statements.
o Bank statements of savings account.
• Air travel reservations or supporting evidence of registration with an organized tour;
• Travel insurance covering the cost of repatriation for medical reasons, of emergency medical treatment or hospitalization in effect for the length of the stay in the Schengen countries with minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros. Contact your insurer and present a document bearing your name which clearly outlines this coverage.
• Supporting evidence of stay: proof of accommodation (“attestation d’accueil”) + copy (document to be obtained from the town hall of the host’s residence) or hotel reservation limited to 10 days; beyond the 10 days, hotel reservations must be accompanied by proof of payment for the total reservation period; ownership title or lease in your name with recent invoices (water, gas, electricity…).
• If you are traveling to France for business, a letter from your employer in Surinam /Guyana stating that you are going to France on their behalf, for what purpose and when, the name, address and contact number of the company to be visited is required. You can also provide a letter of invitation from the French company, attesting that it covers the costs of transport, lodging and catering.
• For minors traveling alone, with their parents or within the framework of a school or sports activity: birth certificate, family book, parental authorization.
• For cultural, sports or official meetings: a letter of invitation from the French company, attesting that it covers the costs of transport, lodging and catering.
• Payment of the application fee (in EUR only)
Please note that except for bank statements and air travel reservations, all documents must be presented in English or in French.
The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.
- Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.
- The French Embassy in Surinam can refuse the issuance of a visa.
- Making an appointment
• One appointment = one person = one passport (for instance, a family of four = 4 appointments)
• Every applicant must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. No exceptions will be made. Fingerprints must be taken at our premises.
• Children under the age of 12 are not required to be present if applying for a visa (but an appointment must be booked under their name)
• FOR MINOR APPLICANTS: a parent or guardian over the age of 18 must be present with the applicant on the day of the appointment, however the parent or guardian is not required to make an appointment.
• Due to the high number of applicants, the French embassy reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day or on two different dates.
• If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling or rescheduling your appointment by logging back in the appointment system and click on “changing your appointment”. You will need your Appointment confirmation number (number starting with PBM on your voucher) and passport number.
• Only the applicant is admitted to enter the premises of the Consulate, unless the visa applicant is a minor.
• Do not be late: if you show up more than 15 minutes late, you must reschedule or re-book a new appointment. Please plan transportation and traffic accordingly.
If you don’t come to the consulate on the day of the appointment, without cancellation on the computer system, you will not be able to obtain a new appointment before a month. Overbooking practices will result in the cancellation of all appointments without notice.
In order to make an appointment, you are strongly advised to make sure that you have all the required documents as described in the "Application requirements” section.
Persons who come without filling in the application form will not be admitted and will have to make a new appointment.
If you are in a hurry, there are cancellations at any time. You can regularly update the appointments page to see if there are free places.
Booking is available neither by phone call nor by coming to the consulate.
To cancel or to modify an appointment:
• Go back on the section « Scheduling an appointment »,
• click in the category where you had previously scheduled your appointment,
• then « Revoir son rendez-vous »
If the following message appears:
« Currently all the slots for the procedure "filing of a visa application" are occupied. We invite you to reiterate your request later »
This means there are no appointments available over the next 7 weeks. The visibility of the agenda for the public is 45 days. In this case, it is necessary to regularly consult the site while awaiting the opening of the next slots.
In order to make the best use of this procedure, it is advisable to have Adobe Acrobat Reader, to allow the opening of pop-ups and to set the language to english or french (in the settings of your browser).
- How to read a visa?
Valid for: Territories where the visa is valid
• If the words “OVERSEAS DEPARTMENT (FRANCE)” appear, the visa authorizes you to enter only the Department(s) indicated under the heading “Remarks.”
• If the words “SCHENGEN COUNTRIES” appear on your visa, you are authorized to enter the Schengen area;
• If codes for Schengen countries appear, then the visa is valid only for the countries they refer to;
• If the words “SCHENGEN COUNTRIES” appear, followed by a minus sign in brackets and the codes of certain member countries, then the visa is valid for the entire Schengen area except for the country(ies) that is(are) mentioned;
• If the words “FRANCE + ONE SCHENGEN TRANSIT” appear, the visa authorizes you to transit through only one Schengen country in order to reach France;
• If the word “FRANCE” appears, the visa authorizes entry only into French territory;
From: Date on which you are authorized to enter the Schengen area.
To: Date on which you must leave the Schengen area. Consequently, these two dates indicate the period during which your visa is valid (and not the length of the authorized stay).
Type of visa:
Either “A”: Airport transit visa (this visa does not allow you to leave the “international” zone or the “customs” zone of the airport)
Either “C”: A short-stay visa (a stay of less than 90 days)
Either “D”: Long-stay visa (a stay in France of more than three months)
Number of entries
Either “MULT,” which means you may enter the Schengen area an unlimited number of times.
Either “1,” which means you may enter the Schengen area only once.
Either “2,” which means you may enter the Schengen area twice.
Length of stay: This is the number of days during which you are authorized to stay in the Schengen area (i.e., respecting the validity period of your visa). If the Consulate issued a circulation visa (for one year or more), the number indicated is “90 days,” because you are authorized to stay a maximum of 90 days per six-month period.
Issued at: Place where the visa was issued
The : Date of issuance of the visa
Passport number: Your passport number
Surname, given name: The surname and the given name of the visa holder
Screening on arrival in France
Besides having a valid passport containing a visa (except for nationals from countries exempted of visas), foreigners wishing to enter France must be able to produce various documents to the border police, including:
• Supporting evidence of the conditions of their stay in France:
For tourists: hotel reservations, registration with an organized tour …
For a work-related stay: letter from the employer, invitation from a French organization…
For a private or family stay: “attestation d’accueil (proof of accommodation)
• Demonstration of means of livehood in France (cash, traveller’s cheques, currently valid international credit card…);
• Assurance of return to country of origin (plane ticket…);
Those who are unable to provide these documents may be refused entry on French territory.
• Medical insurance paper