Which Consular Authority

  • If you wish to apply for a long term visa for France (continuous stay of more than 3 months), the French Consular Authority alone is competent to examine your application;
  • If you apply for a visa for the French overseas department, the French Embassy alone is competent to examine your application;
  • However, if you wish to have a short stay within the Schengen area,the French Consular Authority is competent to examine your application in the following cases:

    • If you intend to travel to France only;
    • Or, in case of stays in several Schengen states:

      • If France is the main destination in terms of purpose of travel;
      • Or, if no main purpose of travel can be identified, if your stay within the Schengen area will be longer in France than in any other Schengen country;
      • Or, if you intend to stay the same number of days in several Schengen states, if France is the first port of entry (first destination) into the Schengen area.

If the above-mentioned rules are not respected, the Schengen visa holder may be turned back by the immigration officer at the border and the Schengen visa may be cancelled.

Short term Schengen visas are valid for the entire Schengen area. Click here to obtain the list of Schengen countries and its map

If the French Consular Authority is competent:

  • The French Embassy in MANILA examines visas only for visa applicants residing legally and usually in the PHILIPPINES, MICRONESIA (FSM), MARSHALL ISLANDS and PALAU;

    Beginning 8 December 2015, the date of entry into force of the liberalization agreement with the European Union, citizens of the Republic of Palau shall be exempted from visas to enter and stay within the Schengen area for travels not exceeding 90 days every 180-day period.

    This exemption covers all purposes of travel, including travel involving the exercise of gainful activity. However, this provision has a very narrow scope as it has been prescribed that the same does not apply to businessmen, athletes, artists performing an activity on ad-hoc basis, journalists sent by the media of their country of residence, and employees travelling for the purpose of training.

    Citizens of the Republic of Palau who expect to intend to exercise gainful activity in France are nevertheless required to secure a Work Authorization when French legislation requires it.

  • If you do not reside legally and usually in the PHILIPPINES, MICRONESIA (FSM), MARSHALL ISLANDS and PALAU, you have to submit your visa application at the visa section of France for your place of usual residence;
  • In exceptional circumstances, you may apply for a visa if you are just staying temporarily in the PHILIPPINES, MICRONESIA (FSM), MARSHALL ISLANDS and PALAU. In that case, you must send a mail explaining the reasons why you were not able to apply a visa at the Visa Section of France for your country of usual residence.