France Visas

Encompassing a rich tapestry of regions, France attracts visitors each year with its historic charm and its blend of vibrant cities and elegant countryside.



Renowned for the romantic appeal of Paris, with its iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, the art, culture, and natural beauty of France extends far beyond its capital. From the vineyards of Bordeaux to the fields of Provence, each region tells a unique story through its cuisine, its wine, its literature and cinema, and its ancient traditions. With its charming villages, historic châteaux, and the glamorous French Riviera, France is an exciting and popular destination and attracts over 40 million visitors each year.

At Travelisa, we’re here to help you on your next French adventure and give you clear guidelines and up-to-date requirements for your visa application - whether you are visiting France for a short stay as a tourist, on business, or for long-term study.

Whatever your goal and whatever your travel plans, we’re here to help take the mystery out of the visa process so that you have more time to enjoy a stress-free experience and immerse yourself in the rich culture that France has to offer.


France Visas

An overview of tourist, business, and student visas.

Tourist Short Stay

Are you visiting as a tourist, seeing family, on a business trip or staying for medical care given by a hospital? If so, you’ll likely need a visa. For these reasons, you’ll probably need to get a tourist or private short-stay visa.

Young Traveller Working Holiday

Are you a young person who wants to spend up to a year in France, exploring the culture and working to support yourself? The young traveller – working holiday visa might be the one you need. This is a type of long-stay visa that contains “vacances travail” (working holiday).

Tourist Long Term

If you’re booking a long stay in France without any plans of working, whether that’s for pleasure or personal reasons, you’ll need a visa. For any stay of more than 3 months, you’ll need a tourist or private long-stay visa.

Business Short Stay

If you’ve been invited to stay in France by colleagues or business partners or you want to attend or take part in trade fairs, talks or conferences, this is possible by applying for a short-stay visa.

Business Self-employed

If you’re self-employed and you want to start or take part in a commercial, industrial, artisanal or agricultural activity or you’re hoping to work for yourself in France, you will need to apply for a long-stay visa (the same as a VLS/TS) residence permit.


Living in France as a student lets you create special memories and work on your language skills, all whilst studying. We know that applying for a visa can seem overwhelming at first, so we’ll guide you through the process. 

Student Trainee

If you’re a student who is looking to do a professional work placement in France, but you’re unsure if you will need a visa for this, you can visit this visa wizard tool that will offer you some helpful student visa guidance.

Last updated 28 June 2024