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In accordance to European regulations which concern all the Schengen Countries that Personal Appearance of every applicant is mandatory when submitting a visa application at TLScontact or at the Embassy of France to collect the biometric data (photos and finger prints). The data will be kept in the << Visa Information System VIS >> for 5 years, and it’s reachable and accessible by all the members of Schengen Countries. The following internet website can be visited for further information and FAQ concerning the protection of registered biometric data at VIS: http://ec.europa.eu/vis

If your fingerprints and photograph were previously collected for the purpose of applying for a Schengen visa within the previous 59 months and a visa with the mention "VIS" has been granted, then a new fingerprints collection won’t be needed for your next visa application.

If your fingerprints and photograph have not been previously collected, your personal appearance is mandatory.

If your fingerprints and photograph have been previously collected and no Schengen visa has been granted, then your fingerprints and photograph must be collected once more.

If your old Schengen visa sticker bears a note “VIS0”, a new set of fingerprints collection for the next visa application is needed.

Should the previously collected fingerprints and photo prove to be of insufficient quality, the applicant will be informed by TLScontact and requested to submit new biometric data.

Should the previously collected biometric data exceed 59 months, you will be obliged to present yourself once again in order to re-do the biometric fingerprints and photograph.

Since the finger scans are not required from children under the age of 12 their personal appearance is not mandatory .


France includes several territories that are outside the European continent, with varying legal statuses and levels of autonomy.

  • DROM, French overseas "Départements" and "Régions" are: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte**, and Réunion.

  • CTOM, French overseas territories are: French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia and its dependencies, Saint Martin*, Saint Barthélémy* and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon*.
France oversea
Red Dot DROM    Green Dot CTOM
France in the World

If you are going to a DROM or CTOM the visa fee may be different, please see our FAQ concerning visa fees

The requirements for a short stay in a DROM and CTOM are the same as for a Schengen visa. You may not apply more than 90 days prior to your departure.

The Schengen visa does not grant entry to a DROM or a CTOM, unless mentioned otherwise on the visa sticker. If you are planning to go to a DROM or a CTOM, you must clearly state it at the time you apply.

Requirements for a long stay in the DROM or CTOM are the same as for a long stay visa. Please note that the processing time can take up to 6 months for CTOM.

*Please note that Saint Martin, Saint Barthélémy and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are under the DROM visa regime, and the visa fee for those destinations is the equivalent of 60 Euros.

**Since March 31st,2011, Mayotte has changed its status from CTOM to DROM. However, Mayotte is still under the visa regime of a CTOM, and the visa visa for Mayotte destination is equivalent of 9 Euros.

Cases of visa waiving to DROM and/or CTOM

(Does not apply to French Southern and Antarctic Lands).

1. Holders of a multi-entries visa issued by a French consular authority valid for 6 months to 5 years are waived of a short stay DROM-CTOM visa, only if they are nationals of the following countries: South Africa, Bahrain, Belarus, China, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, India, Oman, Qatar, Russia and Ukraine;

2. Bearers of an official passport (diplomatic, service and/or special) of the following countries: Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Thailand;

3. Bearers of a biometric passport of Macedonia (former Yugoslav republic of), of Montenegro and of Serbia (excluding bearers of Serbian passports delivered to "Kosovarians"), of Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

4. Bearers of a long stay visa from a Schengen country;

5. Nationals of Taiwan and Northern Mariana;

6. Bearers of a valid Residence card (carte de sejour) or long stay visa delivered by France (national territory, DROM, Saint Pierre and Miquelon) are now visa exempted for short stay on these territories;

7. In case of paid activity, removal of the double procedure of working authorization and short stay visa for citizens of the following countries:

Australia, Brazil (while maintaining the short stay for Guyana), South Korea, USA, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Venezuela; the visa exemption applies if both conditions are met simultaneously:

  • A work authorization is requested by the regulation to carry out this activity.
  • The foreigner is able to show this authorization at the frontier.
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