Visas, Entry Rules, and Customs Regulations in France

Reception of documents for obtaining short-term visas to France is carried out by the VFS Center. The center is located at:

109147 Marksistskaya street, 3, building 2. Tel: +7 (495) 784-71-47

St. Petersburg
191123 Shpalernaya street, 38. Tel: +7 (812) 703-45-71

They work from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00, except for weekends and holidays of the Russian Federation and France.

Individual tourists submit documents by appointment on the website of the VFS Center or by multi-channel telephone. The maximum processing time for applications is 5 working days.

According to TOP-MEDICAL-SCHOOLS, France is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

List of documents to apply for a Schengen visa, which must be submitted in 2 separate complete sets:

– an application form for a visa for a short stay, duly completed and signed by the applicant;

– two new photographs in accordance with established standards (see Photo Requirements);

– Russian national passport original* + copies of all pages containing any information. If you are unable to provide a Russian national passport, you will need a copy of the Russian national passport, certified by a notary;

– foreign passport(s) + copies of completed pages. Additionally: 1 copy of the 1st page of a valid passport. The passport must be valid for three months after the visa expires and contain at least 3 blank pages. If your passport contains a valid Schengen visa issued by the Consulate of another country – a member of the Schengen Agreement, it must be canceled at the relevant Consulate before applying for a visa to France;

– original + copy of proof of residence with proof of payment or credit card guarantee. Booking a hotel in the name of the person applying for the visa;

– plane / train / bus ticket or booking (original* + copy);

– proof of financial, social and professional status
a) You are employed: original + copy of confirmation from your employer (address/telephone/name of person in charge) indicating your salary;
b) You are not working: original + copy of bank statement or sponsorship letter with proof of income on form 2-NDFL from the employer of the person financing the trip.
c) You are a student: original + copy of confirmation from the educational institution + sponsorship letter with a certificate of income in the form 2-NDFL from the employer of the person financing the trip.
d) You are a pensioner: original + copy of a bank statement or a sponsorship letter with a certificate of income in the form of 2-NDFL from the employer of the person financing the trip;

– an insurance policy in the amount of 30,000 Euros (sickness, medical care and repatriation), valid for the entire duration of the visa, in case of changes in visa requirements, valid for 1 year. Insurance must be printed. – a list of

documents in which it is necessary to mark each required document as confirmation that the personal file is fully completed

for the departure of the child to the country of the Schengen Agreement, translated into French.

Originals marked with * will be returned as soon as they are checked for conformity with the copies.

Photo Requirements

The photo must be unframed, i.e. full face photo. The photo must be no more than 6 months old. One additional photo must be attached or glued to the entry. You can glue or staple your photo to the application form. If the photo is attached with a paper clip, place the paper clip as far away from your face as possible.

The photo must be 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, the face must be placed in the center of the photo. The size of the head (measured from crown to chin) must be approximately 3 cm. The photograph must be full frontal and the applicant’s gaze must be directed straight into the camera. The face image should make up about 70-80% of the photo. The photograph MUST be in color with a white or light background. Photos with dark or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted. In general, the image of the applicant, including the face and hair, must be displayed from the top of the head to the chin from top to bottom and along the hairline to the sides. Preferably, the ears are open. Sunglasses or other distracting jewelry should be removed unless medically indicated (such as an eye patch). Photos are not accepted.

When crossing the French border, you need to be prepared to provide:

– confirmation of a hotel or tourist center reservation,

– proof of the availability of means of subsistence (cash, traveler’s checks, valid international credit cards).

Customs rules do not provide for restrictions on the import and export of funds. Duty-free you can import up to 1 liter. spirits, drinks with a strength of less than 22 o– up to 2 l., 2 l. wine, 200 pcs. cigarettes, 500 gr. coffee (or 200 gr. coffee extracts), up to 50 gr. spirits (toilet water – up to 250 gr.), tea – 100 gr. (or 40 gr. of tea extracts), as well as food (fish – up to 2 kg., caviar – 250 gr., products of animal origin – up to 1 kg.) and other goods (for persons over 15 years old) in the amount of 15 euros (for children – 10 euros).

France, embassy website:

Customs Regulations in France