The French Embassy in Port-of-Spain accepts visa applications from citizens of Barbados who are currently resident in Barbados and from persons of other nationalities who are currently legally resident in Barbados.
STEPS TO APPLY FOR A VISA:
Please address all visa-related questions to a Visa Officer via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Visa Section can no longer be reached by telephone. We apologise for any inconvenience.
1 – VISA APPOINTMENTS
Visa interviews are strictly by appointment. However, prior to coming in for your scheduled visa appointment, please ensure that you have consulted the visa requirements related to your destination and purpose of travel, printed and filled in your visa application form, made photocopies of all supporting documents and prepared the visa application fee (if applicable) in TT cash.
Visa applications can be made up to 3 months ahead of your proposed trip. We strongly advise that you book your visa appointment with sufficient advance, especially during peak seasons of travel (e.g. Easter and summer holidays) or if you are a foreigner resident in Barbados.
Visa applicants (with few exceptions) must appear in person to be interviewed after having booked a visa appointment via the online appointment system located below. Interviews are conducted at the Visa Section of the French Embassy, which is located at Tatil Building, 6th Floor, 11 Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain on Monday to Friday mornings. Thursday appointments are reserved for special categories of applicants (diplomats, students applying to study in France for longer than 3 months, large groups and genuine emergency cases). If you belong to one of these special categories, please contact us via e-mail at email@example.com.
Please remember that each individual passport holder must book a separate visa appointment.
*The visa applications of Barbados applicants are processed same-day when possible, provided that a complete file is presented. Passports are to be collected on or after the date assigned at your visa interview (Monday to Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.). In cases where additional processing time is required, applicants can return to Barbados with their passports, but would need to return the passport to the French Embassy via international courier (e.g. Fedex or DHL) along with a pre-paid return coupon to have the visa affixed (if granted).
2 – VISA REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION FORMS
a. SCHENGEN VISA for travel to mainland France
If the main destination of your short stay – 90 days or less per six-month period – in the Schengen zone, or alternatively, your point of entry into the Schengen zone (in cases where stays are equal or there is no main destination) – is mainland France, we invite you to click on the icons below to download the Schengen Visa Application Form and the Schengen Visa Information Sheet, which provide contact infomation for the other Schengen diplomatic representations.
NB: Barbadian citizens do not require a visa for short stays – 90 days or less per six-month period – in the Schengen zone effective May 28, 2009. However, you must be in a position to produce documentary evidence of your motive of stay, accommodation, medical insurance, sufficient finances and return travel to an Immigration Officer at the border, if requested.
ALL SCHENGEN VISA APPLICANTS - please present the following together with the supporting documents listed in the appropriate category below:
GENERAL PUBLIC - please provide 1 original + 1 photocopy of the following supporting documents:
FRENCH SPOUSES - please provide 1 original + 1 photocopy of the following supporting documents:
EUROPEAN UNION FAMILY MEMBERS - please provide 1 original + 1 photocopy of the following supporting documents:
DIPLOMATS AND OTHER OFFICIALS (diplomatic passport, official passport or UN laissez-passer) – please provide the following supporting documents:
OTHER SPECIAL CATEGORIES: Performing artists, scientists invited to conduct research in France, members of the clergy on mission in France and persons applying to marry a French national in France are kindly asked to contact a Visa Officer via e-mail for information on applying.
b. SHORT STAY VISA for travel to the French Overseas Departments and Territories
NB: Barbados citizens do not require a visa for short stays – 90 days or less per six-month period – in the French Overseas Departments, Regions and Territorial Collectivities effective December 18, 2009. However, you must be in a position to produce documentary evidence of your motive of stay, accommodation, medical insurance, sufficient finances and return travel to an Immigration Officer at the border, if requested.
Visa requirements: The short stay visa requirements are the same as the Schengen visa requirements (refer to section above) with the exception of the application form to be used.
c. SHORT STAY VISA for travel to some African countries
France represents these African countries – Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo – in the issuance of some short stay visas (tourist and business, but not work visas). As visa requirements can vary according to the destination, please contact us via e-mail in advance of your visa appointment for information on visa requirements and processing times. The Short Stay Visa Application Form in the previous section applies.
*Successful visa applicants are advised to be in a position to produce documentary evidence of their motive of stay, accommodation, medical insurance, sufficient finances and return travel to an Immigration Officer at the border, if requested.
d. LONG STAY VISA for travel to France
If your travel involves a long stay – continuous stay of more than 90 days – in France, we invite you to click on the icons below to download the Long Stay Visa Application Form and the OFII form.
Students: If you are applying for a long stay visa to pursue studies in France for more than three months, please click on the icon below to download the Long Stay Student Visa Application Checklist. In addition to the documents on the checklist, a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and proof of accommodation should also be submitted. Contact us via e-mail to request a visa appointment.
Language Assistants: Language assistants should book a visa appointment via the online appointment system as soon as they have received their “arrêté de nomination”. In addition to the aforementioned document, the long stay visa application form and the OFII form, you will also be required to present a ticket reservation, a valid passport (valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended stay and with 2 full blank pages) and one passport-size photograph on white background. NO VISA APPLICATION FEE.
3 – BIOMETRIC PROCEDURE (DIGITAL FINGERPRINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY)
The French Embassy implemented the biometric visa procedure, which involves digital fingerprinting and photographing of visa applicants, in October 2008. At present, the biometric procedure applies to all visas, except those for the African countries represented. The persons listed below are exempted from digital fingerprinting and photography. However, a recent passport-size photograph must still be submitted with the visa application.
*Please contact the Visa Officer prior to submitting the visa applications of diplomatic or official passport to schedule a visa appointment (persons who must be fingerprinted and photographed). Thank you kindly for your co-operation.
4 – VISA APPLICATION FEES
The fees listed below are effective from April 1st, 2013. It is possible for fees to be adjusted at mid-month or end-of-month, according to fluctuations in the Euro-TT exchange rate. Visa application fees must be paid in TT CASH (exact change) and are NOT REFUNDABLE.
a. Short stay visa application fees
Fee exemptions: Children under 6 years old, E.U. Family members (spouses and children under 18 years old), French spouses, French teachers, persons invited to conferences by some international organisations with headquarters in France, scientists invited to conduct research, students and accompanying teachers on study trips or professional training in the Schengen zone and representatives (25 years and under) of non-profit organisations attending seminars, conferences or sporting, cultural or educational events in the Schengen zone organised by non-profit organisations.
b. Long stay visa application fees
France – TT$811.48
Fee exemptions: Children under 6 years old, E.U. Family members (spouses and children under 18 years old), French spouses, language assistants and government scholarship recipients.