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    Paris Olympics 2024 – France Visa Application Process and Requirements

    The Summer Olympics, also known as Paris 2024, is an international event featuring different sports. It will take place in France from 26th July to 11 August 2024. The capital city of Paris will be where most of the events will happen, but there are 16 other cities across the country also hosting the games. 

    The 2024 Summer Olympics in France - France Visa Application Process and Requirements
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    If you are planning on heading to France to experience the Summer Olympics this year, you may need to apply for a visa and this article will explain exactly how to do that, so you can concentrate on planning your exciting trip! 

    Who needs a visa for France 

    Depending on your nationality, you may have to apply for a Schengen visa to be able to enter and stay in any of the Schengen countries, including France. 

    If you are a citizen of the following countries do not need a visa to be able to enter France:

    Who doesn't need a Schengen Visa

    If you do not come from any of the above countries, you will need a visa for France.

    Applying for a France Schengen Visa to attend the 2024 Summer Olympics

    If you need a visa for France, you must be a citizen of the country you are applying from or have a legal right to live there. Either way, you will need documents to prove this.

    A Schengen visa will permit you to stay in France for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period, plenty of time to enjoy the Summer Olympics. 

    Types of Visa for France

    There are several visas that you can apply for if you want to go to France:

    1. Tourist or private stay – this is a short-stay visa and the one you need to apply for if you plan to attend the Summer Olympics
    2. Business travel – if you plan to conduct business
    3. Studies – for study
    4. Long Stay visa – if you plan to stay in France for longer than 90 days for work or to live there
    5. Airport transit visa – if you are transiting through the airport‘s international zone en-route to another destination

    Visas are usually issued as:

    1. Single entry – if you plan only to attend the olympics and then return home afterwards
    2. Double entry – if you plan to enter France, leave the country and return to France within the dates of your visa
    3. Multiple entry – if you plan to enter France multiple times within the dates of your visa

    Where to apply for a France Schengen visa

    There should be a French Embassy in the country you are applying for a Schengen visa from and it is the embassy that makes the decision about whether to accept a visa application or not. However, depending on where you are applying from, you will submit your application to one of the following visa application centers:

    1. VLS Global
    2. TLS Contact
    3. The consular department of the French Embassy
    4. Capago International in your location

    The official website for France is called France-Visas and this is where you will complete a number of steps when applying for your visa:

    1. Do I need a visa?
    2. Complete your application online
    3. Submit your application to the visa center
    4. Track your visa application

    How to apply for a France Schengen Visa

    You should apply for a France Schengen visa at least 2 weeks before your intended departure date to allow plenty of time for the application to be processed. You can apply up to 6 months ahead, so don’t leave it too late.

    Do I need a visa?

    The first thing you should do is check whether you need a visa or not. You can use the wizard on France-Visas website by inputting the relevant information to determine this.

    Complete your application online

    You can complete your application on the France-Visas website. From the home page, click on: “Start your application”:

    Start your France Schengen Visa application

     

    Then, click on the blue bar: 

    Start your France Schengen Visa application

    You will need to to create an account before logging in to complete your application:

    Start your France Schengen Visa application

    You will need the following documents to hand when completing your application online:

    1. Your passport
    2. Original and photocopy of your supporting documents
    3. 2 photos – make sure the photos meet the specifications 

    Fill in all the required information and when you have finished, print the application form as you will need to take this with you to submit to one of the visa application centers. 

    Submit your application to the visa center

    You will not be able to submit your application to the visa center without an appointment, so you should do that next.

    Making appointments with the embassy or visa application center is generally free and can be done yourself. However, If you are running short of time or not sure which consulate to apply to or have no idea on how to get this done yourself then not to worry, we will make the appointment for you for a small service fee!

    Booking a visa appointment using our services is pretty simple! All you have to do is follow the 3 simple steps below:

    1. Visit the link to schedule the visa appointment
    2. Submit the appointment details, visa you are applying for, consulate you need the appointment for, the country you need the appointment IN and make the payment
    3. Receive appointment confirmation in email

    You can also make an appointment yourself by following below steps:

    Go to France-Visa’s website and find the “Make an appointment” tab:

    Book an appointment for your France Schengen visa

    Choose the country you are making the application from:

    Book an appointment for your France Schengen visa

    You will find all the visa application centers located in your country. Choose the one that is most convenient for you. Click on the “Book an appointment” tab:

    Book an appointment for your France Schengen visa

    You will be directed to the visa application center responsible for accepting visa applications for France and it is there that you should make your appointment.

    After making your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email. Remember to take this with you when you submit your application and supporting documents.

    On the day of your appointment, make sure you get to the visa office on time. If you are late, you may have to reschedule your appointment. Do not forget your paperwork. If you do not submit a complete application including all the required documents, you may be asked to make a new appointment to return with the missing documents or submit your application anyway and risk the embassy rejecting it. 

    You may have to answer any questions the visa officer may have and you will have to provide biometrics which is a photo and a scan of your fingerprints if you haven’t done so within the last 5 years. 

    Don’t jeopardize your Schengen visa interview at the last minute. Use this comprehensive and thorough visa interview guide to crack the visa interview!

    You will also pay the fee for your France visa which is currently €80. You can pay by debit or credit card or cash and the fee is payable in the local currency. The visa application center may also charge a service fee and you can find out more information on their websites. All fees are non-refundable. 

    Track your application

    Once your application has been submitted you can track it. Depending on where you submitted your application will determine how you can track it. 

    1. If you applied at a CAPAGO visa application center: Use the CAPAGO online application tracking tool. You will need the reference number and your email address
    2. If you applied at a TLS visa application center: Use the TLS online application tracking tool. You will need to log in to your TLS account to use this
    3. If you applied at a VFS visa application center: Use the VFS online application tracking tool. You will need the reference number that was given to you and your last name

    Once your application has been processed, you will be asked to collect your passport from your visa application center. Certain visa offices offer a passport courier service, so check with the center you are dealing with if this is available to you. 

    The decision will be either: 

    1. Approved – you will find your visa inside your passport 
    2. Rejected – your visa application has been rejected for a reason such as you have an invalid passport or lack of funds. Whatever the reason, you will receive a letter explaining this and you will also find out how to appeal the decision if you wish to do this

    Documents Required

    On France-Visas website, their visa wizard will inform you what documents you need to prepare for your France visa application. 

    Documents include: 

    1. Application form dated and signed 
    2. ID photograph – must be within ISO/IEC guidelines
    3. Proof of your legal residency in this country such as a residence permit or valid visa etc
    4. Passport or travel document – valid for at least three months after the planned date of return, issued within the last 10 years and 2 free pages
    5. Pre-booked return ticket and/or itinerary or reservation confirmation of an organized trip or any other document describing the planned program 
    6. Schengen Travel health insurance to cover at least €30,000 
    7. Hotel booking or other proof of accommodation OR invitation letter with your host’s ID 
    8. Proof of sufficient funds – last 3 bank statements, pay slips, pension statements 
    9. Proof of the professional situation (employment contract, work certificate, pay slips, proof of pension) or any document relating to your personal links to your home country 

    If you’re planning to obtain your flight reservation for visa without paying for the ticket, all you have to do is follow the 3 simple steps below: 

    1. Visit the Visa Reservation website to choose the right package 
    2. Submit the travel details and make the payment online 
    3. Receive flight itinerary in email 

    Hopefully your visa for France will be accepted and you can look forward to an exciting trip to experience the Summer Olympics 2024! 

     At Visa Reservation, we strive to simplify the visa process by providing free visa consultations, cover letter templates and no objection letter templates for our clients from US, UK, Canada, Philippines, India, China, UAE, Europe, Nigeria and globally. We also offer flight itinerary for visa, travel medical insurance, hotel reservations for visa , Book Visa Appointment, Travel Guides, Visa Interview Guides and many more. To learn more about how we can help you with our visa services, please feel free to contact us today.

     

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