Different types of visas



PLEASE SELECT ONE AMONG THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF VISAS TO PROCEED.


1. Schengen visas


Definition : A Schengen visa allows its holder to move freely in the Schengen Area, i.e. all the countries who signed the Schengen Agreement, within the validity of the visa.

The Schengen Area : At the moment there are 25 member states (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).

Be advised that a Schengen visa does not guarantee the entry clearance into the Schengen Area. The final decision belongs to the authorities at the border of entry.

Different types of Schengen visas

Airport transit visa : This visa allows you to transit through the international zone of a French airport with no access to the Schengen Area, before flying on to your final destination. (read more)
Transit visa : This visa allows you to pass through one or more Schengen member states on your way to a country outside the Schengen Area. This visa can be valid for up to 5 days. (read more)
Visa for spouse or child of a French national : This visa is for the spouse or child of a French national who needs to obtain an airport transit, transit, short-stay or circulation visa. (read more)
Visa for spouse or child of a European Union citizen (other than French) : This visa is for the spouse or child of a European Union citizen (other than French) who needs to obtain an airport transit, transit, short-stay or circulation visa. (read more)
Short-stay visa : This visa allows you to travel freely within the Schengen Area, including France, and spend a maximum of 90 days over 6 months. It is issued for various purposes such as tourism, shopping, business or family visits. (read more)

NB : A circulation visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen Area, including France, for a maximum of 90 days over a period of 1 to 5 years. It may be granted to people who can prove their frequent trips for family or business purposes.


2. Other visas issued by the French Consulate in Edinburgh

Long-stay visa : This is not a Schengen visa. This visa allows you to reside in France, for longer than 3 months, either to study, work or retire. (read more)
Visa for countries represented by the French authorities in the UK : This is not a Schengen visa. This visa allows you to travel to the Central African Republic, Djibouti or Mauritania. (read more)
DOM-TOM visa : This is not a Schengen visa. This visa allows you to travel to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion Island, Guyana, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, St. Pierre & Miquelon or Mayotte. (read more)


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publié le 25/04/2014

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