France Tourist Visa From Australia

If you are an Australian citizen who wants to visit France for a stay period that does not exceed 90 days, you will not need a France Tourist visa. But if you intend to enter France for a stay period that exceeds 90 days you must obtain an appropriate France visa.

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    Do Australians Need a Visa In France For Tourist Purposes?

    Australian citizens are not required to obtain a France visa before they enter France for a short stay, typically 90-day period. This is due to the visa-free agreement that exists between Australia and countries in the Schengen area and the European Union.

    However, Australian citizens who intend to stay in France beyond 90 days are required to obtain an appropriate France visa that meets their aim of entering France. Additionally, non-Australian nationals in Australia who want to visit France (a Schengen country), must obtain a Tourist visa no matter how long they wish to stay in the country.

    Also, even if you want to enter France for a short business trip, or take medical treatments, you must obtain a Schengen business and medical visas respectively. This same rule applies to other reasons for entering France along with their specific Short-Stay visas that grant foreigners a 90-day duration of stay in France and the Schengen territory.

    As a non-Australian citizen resident in Australia, you must meet French Tourist visa eligibility criteria and obtain the visa before you’re allowed into France. You can equally extend your France Tourist visa, provided you have solid reasons to back up your request for an extension of stay.

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    France Tourist Visa Requirements

    As a non-Australian resident in Australia, you are required to meet certain eligibility criteria before you are allowed into France for visit purposes. Below are the France Tourist visa requirements you must meet:

    • Valid Australian international passport. It must have been issued to you within the last 10 years and also have at least 2 blank pages where your visa will be attached. Your valid passport must also have an additional 3 months validity period left of it even after your visa expires.
    • Passport-size photographs that were recently taken and not older than 3 months.
    • France Tourist visa application form duly filled out with the correct information.
    • Evidence of paid visa fee.
    • Older visa copies. Provide copies of any visa that granted you entry into other countries in the past.
    • Medical health insurance worth €30,000 to cover medical emergencies during your stay in France and other Schengen countries.
    • Travel itinerary. This must show your travel plans to and from France.
    • Letter from tour organiser, if your trip is being organised by a tour agency.
    • Evidence of accommodation. This could be a hotel reservation, rental agreement, or even an invitation from a family member or relative currently residing in France asking you to come and stay with them.
    • Proof of sufficient funds. It must prove that you have enough money to cover your expenses while in France and the Schengen area.
    • Certificate of criminal history. This document must prove that you do not have any criminal charges against you in Australia.

    All your documents must be in French or English. You are required to translate any document that is in a foreign language into French. To do this, you must engage the services of an authorised translator and ensure that those documents are notarised.

    Gathering all these documents may be overwhelming for you if you are applying for a France visa for the first time. Note that a unique situation may arise in your application which may cause immigration officials to require you to provide additional supporting documents.

    It is ideal to consult an immigration lawyer who already knows how these France visa application processes work. Our immigration lawyers at Total Law are readily available to help you gather and assemble all your required documents to make a solid France visa application. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

    Costs Associated With The France Tourist Visa Application

    In a bid to secure your visit to France via a Tourist visa, you are expected to make certain financial commitments. The costs associated with a France Tourist visa are:

    • €40 for children (6 to 12 years old).
    • €80 for adults.

    Additionally, you are also expected to pay an extra fee for the services of any subcontracted company engaged to process the visa application. You are also required to pay for your biometrics.

    Note that, visa fees are nonrefundable, therefore, you must ensure you pay the appropriate fees during your application.

    Besides that, you are required to have €65 daily to cater for yourself in France. Keep in mind that the amount of money you are required to have daily determines how much is expected of you to have before you are granted the France Tourist visa.

    If you do not have any accommodation plans, you are required to show that you have about €120 daily.

    But if you have any plans for a hotel reservation even for a few days, you are required to show that you have about €65 daily. Also, you are only expected to prove that you have €32.50 daily if you have any arrangements to stay with a family member or friend who has invited you to come and stay with them in France.

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      Obtaining a France Tourist Visa: The Application Process

      To enter France from Australia for visit or tourism purposes, non-Australian citizens resident in Australia are required to apply for a France visa by adhering to a certain step-by-step guide. This guide includes:

      Step 1. Visit a VFS Global Centre and Apply

      Non-Australian citizens who want to obtain a France Tourist visa must apply at a VFS Global centre closest to them. Obtain a form from their office, complete it with your correct details and submit it. Ensure you get two printed copies of the form and sign them.

      Step 2. Bring Your Required Documents

      After you have filled out your application form, you must assemble all the required documents and ensure they are arranged appropriately. Thereafter, you must come along with all your required documents for the visa appointment.

      Step 3. Fix an Appointment

      Visit the VFS Global centre and book an appointment for your France Tourist visa. Most times, there may be delays in booking appointments due to the busy schedules of the VFS Global centres. This is why it is recommended to book appointments for your Tourist visa in about 3 weeks to 6 months before your intended travel date to France.

      Step 4. Attend the Appointment

      Dress responsibly and be punctual at the France Schengen visa appointment as failure to attend it on time may cause the appointment to be cancelled and you will have to schedule another appointment at the centre. Relax and answer your interview questions correctly.

      The questions you will be asked are usually related to the details in your documents. Ensure the answers you provide synchronise with what you have in your documents so that you do not cause the immigration official to doubt the authenticity of your submitted documents. Also, at the interview, your biometric information (fingerprints and photographs) may be required.

      Step 5. Pay Necessary Fees

      After your appointment, you are required to pay your visa fees. After the payment of your visa fees, you will be issued payment receipts as evidence of your fee payments. For your France Tourist visa, you are required to pay €80 and €40 for any child from 6 to 12 years old.

      Step 6. Follow Up on Your Application

      You should track your application and be on the lookout for a decision on your visa application. It usually takes about 15 days to receive a decision on France visa applications.

      However, some unique situations may require applicants to provide extra documents to support their application. This will therefore delay the processing time for up to 45 days.

      You will be notified once a decision is made on your France Tourist visa application. At this point, you may visit the VFS Global centre to pick up your France Tourist visa or have it sent to you via postal services after it has been examined by the French consulate.

      Can I Extend My Tourist Visa?

      Overview

      Yes, you can extend your France Tourist visa, though it is not easy to do so. But as a type of Short-Stay visa (Schengen visa), you must present a solid reason you should be granted a Tourist visa extension.

      Otherwise, you must depart France immediately after your visa expires and re-enter with another visa on the appropriate validity period/cycle.

      The Schengen visa policy allows for possible reasons applicants could seek visa extensions. They include:

      Crucial Personal Reasons

      You can request an extension of your France Tourist visa if you are not yet done in France. For instance, if you have to finish a business deal, or need to be present at an unplanned wedding.

      Once you make your request, the immigration authorities will know whether you should be granted a visa extension or not. Although this reason may not be sufficient, you can always try it out.

      Force Majeure

      You can also seek an extension of your France Tourist visa if an unforeseen circumstance befalls your home country. Occurrences like violent protests, war or conflict, etc. that may endanger your life, are valid reasons to seek a visa extension.

      Late Entry

      You may seek a visa extension if you enter France in about 2 or more weeks after your visa becomes valid. If you have a single-entry Schengen visa, you may stand a chance to be granted a visa extension due to this reason.

      Humanitarian Reasons

      You may be granted a visa extension based on humanitarian reasons if you need to complete medical treatment in France. Another point to grant you an extension could be that you have someone close to you who is solely dependent on you for their daily needs as your departure from France may put them into difficult situations.

      Total Law Can Help You

      Non-Australian residents in Australia who want to enter France must obtain a France Tourist visa. Obtaining this visa entails that all applicants must qualify and meet all the visa requirements.

      Ensure that your required documents are complete as any missing supporting document may cause a delay in your visa processing time or the worst-case scenario a refusal of your application by the French authorities. It is ideal you seek expert guidance on your visa application to ensure your application is complete.

      Our immigration lawyers at Total Law already know how to navigate France visa applications, and we also know the exact steps to take in your application to arrive at a favourable decision on your visa application. This is what we have done for both Australian and non-Australian citizens.

      Let us help you enter France hassle-free. For more information about obtaining a France Tourist visa, regulated visa admission into France or other services we offer, call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Yes, it is easy to obtain a France Tourist visa, provided you meet the eligibility criteria and provide all the required documents.

                Australian citizens can enter Europe without a visa, provided they hold their Australian passports and also do not exceed the allowable stay duration of 90 days.