Any individual planning to travel to France and/or the other 25 Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days (e.g. for the purpose of visit, business, tourism) requires a Schengen visa. As per decree 2008-1176 of 13 November 2008, the Embassy of France in Manila is only competent in processing visa applications for persons habitually residing in the Philippines, Micronesia (FSM), Marshall Islands, and Palau. In other words, applicants must apply in the Embassy of the country where they reside for most of the year. For example, Filipino passport holders who DO NOT live in the Philippines, Micronesia (FSM), Marshall Islands OR Palau CANNOT apply at the French Embassy in Manila.
Travel to French overseas departments and territories/collectivities
French overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion Island, and Mayotte) and territories/collectivities (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Pierre and Miquelon) are not situated in the Schengen Area and would therefore require a special/separate visa.
Where to Apply
For a visit to only one Schengen state, the visa application must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of that particular state. However, if the visit includes more than one destination, the application must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of the Member State whose territory constitutes the MAIN DESTINATION of the visit in terms of purpose (e.g. business), or length of stay.
Official and Diplomatic Passport Holders on Official Travel
Filipino Official and Diplomatic passport holders need a Schengen visa when entering France. There is no need to set an appointment when applying for a visa. In addition, personal appearance is required for Official passport holders but is waived for holders of Diplomatic passports.
In conformity with EU regulations, the Embassy of France started issuing biometric visas on 11 December 2009. This process entails fingerprinting, which requires the personal appearance for all applicants.
Note: Applications may only be submitted, at the earliest, 3 months prior to the intended date of departure
The visa section is open from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for visa application interviews. Releasing of the passports and visa application results is from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
All applicants*** must set an appointment before coming to the embassy.
Effective 10 April 2012, the Embassy of France will be accepting bookings for appointment for visa applications solely via its appointed external service provider (ESP). This Visa Information & Appointment Service may be availed of through the ESP Call Centre.
Individuals who intend to travel to France may apply for a visa by calling the Call Centre to book for an appointment to submit their completed visa applications and other supporting documents.
The Embassy Call Centre is available nationwide and may be contacted thru any of the following numbers:
For PLDT/Smart/Touchcard Subscribers 1 (909) 101- 3333
For Globe/Innove/Touchmobile Subscribers 1 (900) 101- 3333
For Bayantel Subscribers 1 (903) 101- 3333
This service is available thru a toll call charge costing Php 32.00 (pesos) per minute excluding VAT and applicable NDD charges for calls made outside Metro Manila. Additional rates may apply for calls made through payphones, prepaid phone cards or mobile phones. Please check with your telephone provider for details. This service is available only through NDD-enabled telephones and accessible to calls made only within the Philippines.
Customer Service Agents will be available daily, Mondays thru Saturdays from 8am to 6pm except public holidays.
***except spouses of French nationals, diplomatic and official passport holders, UN laissez-passer holders.
WARNING! Because of longer waiting time to obtain an appointment (up to one month or more) at peak periods and holiday seasons, you are advised to make an appointment as soon as possible, but no more than 90 days in advance. Visa processing takes 7 days from the date of interview, but may take up to 4 to 8 weeks, specific to cases when further documentation is required.
Fees are non refundable and are to be settled in cash, in Philippine pesos based on the prevailing embassy exchange rate at the time of application. Applicants must bring the exact amount on the day of their interview.
Short Stay: €60
Long Stay: €99
The visa fee for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years is €35 while it is waived for children below 6 years.
Colored photo taken against a white background
Size: 35mm x 45mm, maximum head length: 25mm
Head must not be tilted
Absolutely no eyewear and headgear in any form
Image must not have been altered
Image must be clear
Warning: Applicants submitting incomplete files are at a high risk of denial
Spouse of a French national
Family member of EU/EEA/Swiss national
For futher information on procedures concerning seamen, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Kindly indicate the port of registration as well as the boat’s itinerary).
This visa is to be applied for in France at the OFII (Office Français de l’immigration et de l’intégration) Once the file has been forwarded to the embassy, a convocation letter detailing the procedures as well as a list of documents to be furnished would be sent to the applicant. Kindly wait for this letter before coming to the embassy.