Visas [fr]

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The French government has decided to re-establish internal border controls following the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris and its region last November 13, 2015.

This decision does not affect the validity of visas previously issued by French consulates or Schengen missions across the world, which should continue to allow entry and free circulation into and within the Schengen area.

To facilitate border entry, the Embassy encourages holders of Schengen visas to have in their possession all documents justifying their trip to France.

Effective on the 15th of July 2015, nationals from the Philippines will need an Airport Transit Visa (ATV). Such visa is destined for Filipino travellers that have to stop and wait for a several hours for their next flight in the international transit area of a French designated airport. However, if you planned to stay overnight, visit France for a few hours before embarking your next flight or change airport, you will need to apply for a regular tourist Schengen visa and not an airport transit visa.

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Visa Information

  • Submission of a complete file does not necessarily result in the issuance of a visa
  • However, applicants submitting INCOMPLETE FILES are at a high risk of refusal
  • Additional requirements (aside from those listed on the official list of requirements) may be required, if necessary, on a case-to-case basis
  • Visa fees are non-refundable in case the application has been refused

- Schengen Visa

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.

- Biometrics

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

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Office Hours

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.

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Appointments may only be set through calling VFS Global, the Embassy’s appointed call center, through this number: +63 (2) 790 4903

***Spouses of French nationals, diplomatic and official passport holders and official staff of the United Nations are no longer required to set an appointment through the call center.

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.

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Visa application forms

- Short Stay (less than or equal to 90 consecutive days)
- Long Stay (more than 90 consecutive days)

Processing fees

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.

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visas - JPEG

- 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

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Procedures and requirements

Warning: Applicants submitting incomplete files are at a high risk of denial

- Spouse of a French national

- Family member of EU/EEA/Swiss national

Short Stay (less than or equal to 90 consecutive days)
- Tourist
- Business
- Household staff employed by French or foreign national
- Student
- Marriage with a French national
- Parent(s) of a French national or parent(s) of the spouse of a French national / Questionnaire

ATTENTION : Updated common Schengen list for short stay

Long Stay (more than 90 consecutive days)
- Student
- Visitor
- Minor or dependent child of a French national
- Child (below 18 years) of a spouse of a French national
- Biological parent of a minor child with French nationality residing in France
- To work in New Caledonia
- Au pair

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Travel insurance

Click here for the list of travel insurance companies issuing Schengen-compliant policies (non-exhaustive.

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Short stay/ transit visa

For futher information on procedures concerning seamen, kindly send an email to (Kindly indicate the port of registration as well as the boat’s itinerary).

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Family reunification for Filipinos residing in France and work visa applicants

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.

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Dernière modification : 16/11/2015

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