Short stay visa for tourism, business or family visit

Who can apply for a visa at this embassy?

Foreign citizens residing in Colombia (with a Colombian resident visa or cédula de extranjería) can apply for a visa at this embassy.
Foreign citizens who are visiting Colombia (without a Colombian resident visa or cédula de extranjería) cannot apply for a visa at this embassy. They must apply for the visa at the French consulate of their residence.
You cannot apply more than 3 months prior to your departure date. However, as slots are limited, it is strongly recommended to make an appointment as early as possible.

The purpose of your trip

To which Schengen country should I apply?

If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of that specific country.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the Consulate of the country of your main destination, or the country where you will be staying the longest.

If you intend to visit several Schengen for the same amount of time, you must apply at the Consulate of your first entry.

Do I need a visa to visit France for a short stay?

Refer to visa waivers

The following persons are not required to have a visa to enter France’s European territory:

- Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland – refer to the map
- Holders of a currently valid residency document for France
- Holders of a valid residency document or of a long stay visa (D-visa) issued by a Schengen country
- Nationals of the following countries

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela

- Holders of an UNO passport (red or blue)
- Holders of a NATO passport
- Holders of a British Nationals Overseas passport
- Holders of a biometric passport issued by Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia
- Holders of passports from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China) and the Macau Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China)

If your status is not mentionned above, you need a Schengen visa.

Refer to visa waivers for the French Overseas Departments and Territories.

How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 12, have to appear personally at the visa section.
Children between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by both parents, or at least by one of them along with the notarized authorization from the other parent. No applications will be accepted for children accompanied by other relatives (uncles, grandparents, siblings…).

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, no walk-ins are allowed. Make an appointment here.

If you cannot print your confirmation receipt it is not a problem. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment. No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

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The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies. Each applicant must submit an individual set of documents.

- One short stay application form, duly completed and signed. If you intend to travel to an overseas department of territory, please fill out this form.
- Two recent photographs (one glued/stapled to the form in the appropriate box and the other loose). Refer to photographs regulations.
- Original passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visas pages left
- Photocopy of the passport’s identity page

NOTE: the embassy keeps passports for about 7 days. If you cannot leave your passport during that period, we advise you not to submit any application.

- Cédula de extranjería or Colombian resident visa (original and copy)

- If the country of final destination is not the applicant’s country of citizenship, please submit a valid visa, a resident permit, a work permit or any other document showing that the applicant is allowed to enter or reside in such country

- Applicants under 18 must submit the copy of the birth certificate and the notarized authorization allowing the child to travel to France (DAS form). At least one legal guardian must be present at the time of the application.

- Your travel itinerary: you must book your airline ticket

- Proof of accommodation:

  • Confirmed hotel/Airbnb reservations for your entire stay in the Schengen states
  • If you are staying with friends or family, original and copy of the attestation d’accueil that your host has to request at the City Hall in France
  • If you own or lease a house/apartment in France, the title/deed or lease of a the house/apartment

- Proof of medical coverage abroad: a letter from your insurance company stating that you have international medical coverage, emergency evacuation and repatriation. If your insurance company does not provide this letter, you will have to purchase an international traveler’s insurance such as TravelSafe, Seven Corners, Axa Assistance, MEDEX, Europ Assistance, IMG, Travelex, Insuremytrip (minimum coverage amount of 30.000 €).

- Proof of financial means: your last 2 bank statements (credit cards are not accepted)
Applicants with no income (children, students, housewives….) must submit a notarized letter from the person who is responsible for their expenses, along with their last 2 bank statements.

- Proof of socio-professional status:

  • letter of employment confirming your salary, hire date, position and dates of vacation (business registration if self-employed)
  • your last 2 paystubs
  • for students: letter from your school or university confirming your enrollment status, attendance and expected graduation date
  • for retirees: copy of the last two pay stubs, copy of the board resolution

- Processing fees, equivalent of 60 € in Colombian pesos. Those fees are non-refundable and must be paid in cash -prepare the exact change- at the time of your appointment wit the visa section.

Additional requirements for specific applicants

On top of the previous requirements, specific applicants must provide additional documents.

Additional requirements for business trips

For a business trip, please also provide a letter from your employer or from your host company in France stating that you are in France on behalf of the company, giving the name and address of the contact person in France and guaranteeing full responsibility for expenses, lodging, and return to Colombia.

Additional requirements for members of religious communities

- Original invitation form and copy
- Mission statement of the religious community in Colombia

Additional requirements for athletes

- Invitation to the event in France (list of invited athletes, dates and venue)
- If accommodation in France is provided, the invitation letter must specify the address where you will be staying
- Letter of your Colombian delegation or federation

Additional requirements for medical emergencies

- Medical certificate
- Death certificate

Additional requirements for seamen

- Seaman’s book (original and copy) or working contract (original and copy)
- Boat registry
- Detailed itinerary

If the boat is registered in France the applicant must submit a work permit stamped by the Prefecture.

Processing times

Refer to processing times

The usual processing time is 7 days. It can go up to 21 days for citizens of:

Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burma, Burundi, DRC Congo, North Korea, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Syria, Sudan, Suriname, Tunisia, Yemen, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Additional Information

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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.

Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.

Validity in the Schengen area

A Schengen visa, also called "C" visa, is a short stay visa (up to 90 days by semester) valid for the 25 States member of the Schengen agreement: refer to the list of countries of the Schengen area.

Processing fees

Refer to visa processing fees.

Passport delivery

Passport are mailed back, refer to the process.

publié le 06/12/2018

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