Requirements

short stay visa 1-90 days

The French Embassy in Abu Dhabi will accept applications from residents of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain only.

The Consular Administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Submitting the following documents, while required, does not guarantee issuance of a visa. Also note that the visa does not in itself grant you the right to enter a French or Schengen territory. It is necessary that you carry with you, at all times, the original documents used to obtain the visa.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the consulate of the country that is your main destination meaning the country where you will be staying the most amount of days.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination or will be staying the same amount of time in each of them, you must apply at the Consulate of the country you will enter first.

Please note that all documentation listed below must be submitted in english or french, in original and 1 copy per applicant.

ATTENTION The Visa Section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies when you enter. Your passport and your visa must be valid at least 6 months.-Documents requested :

  • 1 application form duly completed and signed by the applicant. Please mention your full adress during your stay in France on the second page.
  • original passport (signed by the holder), and its copy, valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa, with a blank visa page to affix the visa sticker
  • 1 recent passeport-size photographs in colour (3,5 x 4,5cm) taken against a light background with good contrast
  • copy of the residence visa at least 6 month validity and recent visas (Schengen, american, british...)

- Additional documents :

- In case of a business trip :

  • Employer’s letter mentioning the reasons and dates of the trip
  • Official invitation from the French company
  • Air ticket or confirmed print out
  • Hotel reservation
  • Medical insurance for Europe that covers illness’ charges for a minimum of 30 000€.

- In case of a pleasure trip or tourism :

  • An official up-to-date letter from your employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date and mentioning the salary and the dates of holidays
  • Proof of travel : A confirmed return ticket to France or booking fully paid from your travel agent (including itinerary if participating in a tour).
  • A confirmed hotel reservation for the whole of your stay in the Schengen space
  • Bank statement (last 3 months)
  • Medical insurance for Europe that covers illness’ charges for a minimum of 30 000€.

- In case of a trip to visit a relative or a friend :

  • An official up-to-date letter from your employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date and mentioning the salary and the dates of holidays
  • Proof of travel : A confirmed return ticket to France or confirmed print out
  • Proof of accommodation : « attestation d’accueil » to be obtained by the person you are visiting in France from the local Townhall ("Mairie") or Police Station ("Gendarmerie" or "Commissariat de Police").
  • Bank statement (last 3 months)
  • Medical insurance for Europe that covers illness’ charges for a minimum of 30 000€.
Important : check your files carefully before applying. All the documents presented to the Consulate might be requested by the border Police before entering the Schengen State.

publié le 22/08/2011

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