Applying for a French visa in France
Visa applications submitted inTanzania are processed by the French Consulate in Dar es Salaam.
For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France.
France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).
Do I need a visa?
First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.
Complete your application online
Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.
Submit your application to the visa centre
Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.
Track your visa application
Once your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.
Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.
Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.
It is strongly recommended to book as early as possible - keeping in mind that you cannot apply more than three months prior to your departure date.
APPLICANTS HAVE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT BETWEEN THREE MONTHS AND FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THE INTENDED DEPARTURE.
All foreign nationals wanting to come to France must be able to submit statutory documentary evidence at the border for the reasons for their stay, their means of support and accommodation arrangements.
As a rule, unless you are exempt, you are required to have a visa. It must be applied for from the relevant French embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence.
With 9 new countries joining it on January 1st, 2008 (Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovaquia, Slovenia), the Schengen area now gathers 24 member states, including UE-member states (Great Britain and Ireland decided not to join, Cyprus postponed its adhesion and Romania and Bulgaria are in the process of joining) as well as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.
All Schengen visas are now biometric, which means than each applicant must come personally to apply.
If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that country.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country that is your main destination/ longest stay.
If you intend to visit several countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country of your first point of entry.
The French embassy has authority to issue short-stay visas (less than 90 days) for the following countries:
Schengen countries: Greece, Latvia and Czech Republic.
African countries: Burkina Faso and Central African Republic.
Please contact the nearest Embassy of the appropriate country for any request regarding long stay visa or working permit.
For any specific case or other inquiries, please contact us to:
Each applicant must schedule a personal appointment.
The processing time can take up to 15 days, depending on the application.
Visa form and all the collateral documents must be submitted during the appointment, or the application will be denied.
Each applicant must come personally.
Visa fees are in Tanzanian shilling only (cash).
Visa fees are not refundable in case of cancellation or refusal.