Getting a Tourist Visa

Everyone knows how important travel is. And today, you find yourself in the midst of a time when travel has become so easy, so convenient, so unbelievably doable and manageable. Of course, admittedly, in the past it hasn’t always been that way. There was always the experience of being stuck, because you couldn’t afford to travel. There was always the experience of merely listening to others who had experienced more of the world compared to you (and boy, were you envious).

Today, however, it’s no longer the same sad refrain. Today, you realize you can decide to go on an Amsterdam holiday without batting an eyelash, provided that you get the right promo codes for cheaper travel. Of course, you can’t go anywhere that easily, when you go abroad, especially not without a travel visa. So if you want to go full tourist (specifically in France), here are a few things which you might want to remember.

Tips for Getting Your Tourist Visa for France

Needless to say, France is (almost) everybody’s dream destination. You can be a jilted lover hoping to heal a broken heart and France will be your ultimate mender. You can be a woman who’s about to get married and France will remind you of everything that’s good about love. You can be someone who’s just in it for the business ideas and France will be full to the brim with them. Whatever your need is, France will be that for you. It’s no surprise, then, that tips for getting a tourist visa in France are much needed.

One tip: don’t forget to set an appointment with your region’s French consulate. This appointment should be 1 to 3 months before your departure, but after you have bought your plane tickets and made travel arrangements. Your visa may not be accepted if you plan to depart less than 3 weeks after your appointment.

However, if you belong to any of these countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Guinea, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Palestine, Rwanda, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, Belarus, Congo, Indonesia, Jordan, Libya, Niger, Oman, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Burma, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Somalia, Syria, Vietnam, or US Refugees, allow more time for processing.

Another tip: don’t forget to check your passport’s validity date. The date must be valid for at least 90 days after your departure date from France. Your passport must also have 2 blank pages, be issued within the last 10 years, be in good condition and match your profile.

Also, when filling out the forms, fill out 2 copies of a Schengen Visa application form or a Long-Stay Visa application form. These free forms are available online under the "Getting a Visa" Section of the website. The extra copy is required by most, but not all, countries. Both applications include sections for personal, address, traveling, passport, insurance, and return information. Fill it out completely and legibly. Print in black ink or use a typewriter.

One Last Tip

Like many things in life, it always pays to give due attention to the details and to follow instructions. Don’t act like you know everything when you don’t. Ask when necessary.