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FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by tomidayspring: 7:40pm On Aug 12, 2010
I have always dreamt of visiting Paris and i intend traveling to Europe in September 2010,I have 2 years UK multiple visa,so London is my final destination but i want to spend just 3 days in Paris but i have the following questions:



1. Do i apply for a tourist visa or a transit visa at the French VFS

2. What is the processing time for french visas is it as fast as the UK embassy? like how many days will it take?

3. Is personal interview mandatory at the french embassy after submitting documents at the VFS?

4. Which airline would be preferable and effective for this short visit Airfrance or British airways? Or alternatively do i go to UK first then travel to france for 3 days before returning back to Uk for my final departure.

5. Contacts of English speaking or Nigerian tour guides are welcome.

thank you



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Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by Vicjustice: 8:16pm On Aug 12, 2010
tomidayspring:

I have always dreamt of visiting Paris and i intend traveling to Europe in September 2010,I have 2 years UK multiple visa,so London is my final destination but i want to spend just 3 days in Paris but i have the following questions:
1. Do i apply for a tourist visa or a transit visa at the French VFS
   A Nigerian holding a UK visa does not need a transit visa to connect through airports in France. But if you wish to be allowed into the country, then, you need a tourist visa.

tomidayspring:

2. What is the processing time for french visas is it as fast as the UK embassy? like how many days will it take?
   If your documents are not questionable, if your intention is clear and your application is transparent, then, your visa could be issued within ten days depending on how busy they are.

tomidayspring:

3. Is personal interview mandatory at the french embassy after submitting documents at the VFS?
   An interview is not necessary if your application is crystal clear and the embassy has no reason to question you.

tomidayspring:

4. Which airline would be preferable and effective for this short visit Airfrance or British airways? Or alternatively do i go to UK first then travel to france for 3 days before returning back to Uk for my final departure
   The airline that you fly with is not necessarily taken into account, but the airport you'd be flying from may count for security and verification reasons. And it doesn't matter what country you arrive in first (whether the UK or France) as long as you hold the UK and the Schengen visa, but if you wish to exercise your Schengen visa first, you have to start with France except you have compelling reasons to enter through another Scengen country.

tomidayspring:

5. Contacts of English speaking or Nigerian tour guides are welcome.
   Well, be careful with Nigerians when it comes to travel matters because, most are vampires, when you have some money to be sucked out of you: They are predators, when you allow them to exhaust the life of your purse and scavengers when they feed on your remnant.
   Honestly, you don't really need a tour guide, Tour-guides are usually for a group of tourists who pay for the services of a tourism company that provides them with private vehicles (ie buses) with tourist drivers and guides.
   So, what you can do is to go to a tourist information dest in Paris, they are usually at the Airports, also at major train and bus stations, there you would be provided with free take-away maps of the city showing tourist attractions and directions. You would be told how to get to the city Site-Seeing bus-stops where you can join an open-roof-double-decker (hop-in/hop-out) tour bus that will take you about the whole city: the buses have inbuilt recorded information that explains every attraction in view, and every passenger will be given an earphone and allowed the options of different languages. The cost is remarkably cheap, the services are superb and the staff are polite.
   Man, just do as i narrated, and you'd have a blissful trip to talk about in Nairaland
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by meine: 9:18pm On Aug 12, 2010
God bless you vicjustice, its so funny cos I wanted to direct this question to you personally. I went to your nairaland profile but didn't see your e-mail address, I have done london bus tours in past but you know I don't speak french. I will be honored if you oblige me with your yahoo I'm thru
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by Vicjustice: 9:30pm On Aug 12, 2010
meine:

God bless you vicjustice, its so funny cos I wanted to direct this question to you personally. I went to your nairaland profile but didn't see your e-mail address, I have done london bus tours in past but you know I don't speak french. I will be honored if you oblige me with your yahoo I'm thru tomi.dayspring@yahoo.com
   Are you two in one, Tomidayspring & Meine? cheesy grin cheesy
   Well, i stressed that every passenger will be given an earphone and allowed the options of different languages in the tour bus, and besides, you'd be going as a tourist, therefore language will not be a problem since people who are employed in tourism sections are usually multi lingual employees.
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by meine: 10:38pm On Aug 12, 2010
Thanks, yes I do have two accounts, am currently on bb but i can't even remember d password for ds one and I didn't even know its active on bb. Thanks all thesame,I find ur contribution useful. God bless
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by ismaeel86(m): 11:13pm On Oct 07, 2010
what about visa to somailia, haiti, please am interested in any of those countries
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by Dantecmu(m): 1:22am On Oct 08, 2010
tomidayspring:

I have always dreamt of visiting Paris and i intend traveling to Europe in September 2010,I have 2 years UK multiple visa,so London is my final destination but i want to spend just 3 days in Paris but i have the following questions:



1. Do i apply for a tourist visa or a transit visa at the French VFS

2. What is the processing time for french visas is it as fast as the UK embassy? like how many days will it take?

3. Is personal interview mandatory at the french embassy after submitting documents at the VFS?

4. Which airline would be preferable and effective for this short visit Airfrance or British airways? Or alternatively do i go to UK first then travel to france for 3 days before returning back to Uk for my final departure.

5. Contacts of English speaking or Nigerian tour guides are welcome.

thank you



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tomidayspring link=topic=496178.msg6563152#msg6563152 date=1281638421:

I have always dreamt of visiting Paris and i intend traveling to Europe in September 2010,I have 2 years UK multiple visa,so London is my final destination but i want to spend just 3 days in Paris but i have the following questions:



1. Do i apply for a tourist visa or a transit visa at the French VFS

2. What is the processing time for french visas is it as fast as the UK embassy? like how many days will it take?

3. Is personal interview mandatory at the french embassy after submitting documents at the VFS?

4. Which airline would be preferable and effective for this short visit Airfrance or British airways? Or alternatively do i go to UK first then travel to france for 3 days before returning back to Uk for my final departure.

5. Contacts of English speaking or Nigerian tour guides are welcome.

thank you



[quote author=tomidayspring link=topic=496178.msg6563152#msg6563152 date=1281638421]
I have always dreamt of visiting Paris and i intend traveling to Europe in September 2010,I have 2 years UK multiple visa,so London is my final destination but i want to spend just 3 days in Paris but i have the following questions:



1. Do i apply for a tourist visa or a transit visa at the French VFS

2. What is the processing time for french visas is it as fast as the UK embassy? like how many days will it take?

3. Is personal interview mandatory at the french embassy after submitting documents at the VFS?

4. Which airline would be preferable and effective for this short visit Airfrance or British airways? Or alternatively do i go to UK first then travel to france for 3 days before returning back to Uk for my final departure.

5. Contacts of English speaking or Nigerian tour guides are welcome.

thank you



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This is how i know it works at the french embassy documents needed for a french tourist visa includes

Bank statement
Emplyment letter
Itroduction letter
Pay stubs
hotel reservation
travel insurance
photocopy of ur work id card
valid travel ticket
and any other documents to proove you got ties in Nigeria and also that you are comfortable back home in Nigeria

Step 2
Go to the VFS office in lekki yourself and submit your documents and then you would be given a ticket or card and told to report to the embassy at FALOMO for your thumb printing and maybe and interview and then you would be told to come back for your passport in 5 working days , Note that you must be available for your thumb printing, thats all i fink you need to know as regards french embassy, but as regards the ticket what you can do is this you go to air france office on adeola odeku and tell them you wanna apply for a french visa you would be told to deposit #50.000, and a ticket would be given to you if your visa is denied you come back with your passport to proof that you where denied and your money would be refunded but if you are not denied you complete the ticket money and fly with them,

All tha best,
ciao
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Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by Dantecmu(m): 1:23am On Oct 08, 2010
This is how i know it works at the french embassy documents needed for a french tourist visa includes

Bank statement
Emplyment letter
Itroduction letter
Pay stubs
hotel reservation
travel insurance
photocopy of your work id card
valid travel ticket
and any other documents to proove you got ties in Nigeria and also that you are comfortable back home in Nigeria

Step 2
Go to the VFS office in lekki yourself and submit your documents and then you would be given a ticket or card and told to report to the embassy at FALOMO for your thumb printing and maybe and interview and then you would be told to come back for your passport in 5 working days , Note that you must be available for your thumb printing, thats all i fink you need to know as regards french embassy, but as regards the ticket what you can do is this you go to air france office on adeola odeku and tell them you wanna apply for a french visa you would be told to deposit #50.000, and a ticket would be given to you if your visa is denied you come back with your passport to proof that you where denied and your money would be refunded but if you are not denied you complete the ticket money and fly with them,

All tha best,
ciao
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by dotcomnamename: 10:25pm On Oct 04, 2012
Dantecmu:
This is how i know it works at the french embassy documents needed for a french tourist visa includes

Bank statement
Emplyment letter
Itroduction letter
Pay stubs
hotel reservation
travel insurance
photocopy of your work id card
valid travel ticket
and any other documents to proove you got ties in Nigeria and also that you are comfortable back home in Nigeria




Step 2
Go to the VFS office in lekki yourself and submit your documents and then you would be given a ticket or card and told to report to the embassy at FALOMO for your thumb printing and maybe and interview and then you would be told to come back for your passport in 5 working days , Note that you must be available for your thumb printing, thats all i fink you need to know as regards french embassy, but as regards the ticket what you can do is this you go to air france office on adeola odeku and tell them you wanna apply for a french visa you would be told to deposit #50.000, and a ticket would be given to you if your visa is denied you come back with your passport to proof that you where denied and your money would be refunded but if you are not denied you complete the ticket money and fly with them,

All tha best,
ciao

@ Dantecmu, is it a requirement from the French Embassy that an applicant must purchase a traveling return ticket and submit it along with his/her application at the vfs application center. IS it compulsory?
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by dotcomnamename: 10:49pm On Oct 04, 2012
Vicjustice:
   A Nigerian holding a UK visa does not need a transit visa to connect through airports in France. But if you wish to be allowed into the country, then, you need a tourist visa.


   If your documents are not questionable, if your intention is clear and your application is transparent, then, your visa could be issued within ten days depending on how busy they are.


   An interview is not necessary if your application is crystal clear and the embassy has no reason to question you.


   The airline that you fly with is not necessarily taken into account, but the airport you'd be flying from may count for security and verification reasons. And it doesn't matter what country you arrive in first (whether the UK or France) as long as you hold the UK and the Schengen visa, but if you wish to exercise your Schengen visa first, you have to start with France except you have compelling reasons to enter through another Scengen country.


   Well, be careful with Nigerians when it comes to travel matters because, most are vampires, when you have some money to be sucked out of you: They are predators, when you allow them to exhaust the life of your purse and scavengers when they feed on your remnant.
   Honestly, you don't really need a tour guide, Tour-guides are usually for a group of tourists who pay for the services of a tourism company that provides them with private vehicles (ie buses) with tourist drivers and guides.
   So, what you can do is to go to a tourist information dest in Paris, they are usually at the Airports, also at major train and bus stations, there you would be provided with free take-away maps of the city showing tourist attractions and directions. You would be told how to get to the city Site-Seeing bus-stops where you can join an open-roof-double-decker (hop-in/hop-out) tour bus that will take you about the whole city: the buses have inbuilt recorded information that explains every attraction in view, and every passenger will be given an earphone and allowed the options of different languages. The cost is remarkably cheap, the services are superb and the staff are polite.
   Man, just do as i narrated, and you'd have a blissful trip to talk about in Nairaland

Sorry, i should ask Vcjustice grin, is it a requirement from the French Embassy in Nigeria that an applicant must purchase a traveling return ticket and submit it along with his/her application at the vfs application center. Is it compulsory now? Or it was compulsory before in 2010, and we are in 2012 now. ?
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by Vicjustice: 10:04am On Oct 05, 2012
dotcom_na_me_na_me:

Sorry, i should ask Vcjustice grin, is it a requirement from the French Embassy in Nigeria that an applicant must purchase a traveling return ticket and submit it along with his/her application at the vfs application center. Is it compulsory now? Or it was compulsory before in 2010, and we are in 2012 now. ?
It is not a requirement.
Some time ago, it was possible to book a flight itinerary without paying for it, and then use it in visa application. But now-a-days, no Airline Company allows that and, they do not even allow a booking to exceed 24 hours without paying for it: and most economy class tickets are non-refundable. Visa Officers know this and therefore, it is not logical for them to require a flight ticket of you when they are not sure that your visa will be approved: It would be a tragedy to pay a non-refundable (lets say) N200.000 for a flight ticket and then to be refused the visa to travel
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by dotcomnamename: 10:21am On Oct 05, 2012
Vicjustice:
It is not a requirement.
Some time ago, it was possible to book a flight itinerary without paying for it, and then use it in visa application. But now-a-days, no Airline Company allows that and, they do not even allow a booking to exceed 24 hours without paying for it: and most economy class tickets are non-refundable. Visa Officers know this and therefore, it is not logical for them to require a flight ticket of you when they are not sure that your visa will be approved: It would be a tragedy to pay a non-refundable (lets say) N200.000 for a flight ticket and then to be refused the visa to travel

You'll be greater than the greatest for this positive reply. Heard the same from someone last night ! grin. Many Thanks..
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by justi4jesu(f): 7:52pm On Oct 11, 2012
Dantecmu:
This is how i know it works at the french embassy documents needed for a french tourist visa includes

Bank statement
Emplyment letter
Itroduction letter
Pay stubs
hotel reservation
travel insurance
photocopy of your work id card
valid travel ticket
and any other documents to proove you got ties in Nigeria and also that you are comfortable back home in Nigeria

Step 2
Go to the VFS office in lekki yourself and submit your documents and then you would be given a ticket or card and told to report to the embassy at FALOMO for your thumb printing and maybe and interview and then you would be told to come back for your passport in 5 working days , Note that you must be available for your thumb printing, thats all i fink you need to know as regards french embassy, but as regards the ticket what you can do is this you go to air france office on adeola odeku and tell them you wanna apply for a french visa you would be told to deposit #50.000, and a ticket would be given to you if your visa is denied you come back with your passport to proof that you where denied and your money would be refunded but if you are not denied you complete the ticket money and fly with them,

All tha best,
ciao

@Dantecmu pls I want you to assist me with informations.
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by koolmd: 9:05pm On Oct 11, 2012
dotcom_na_me_na_me:

You'll be greater than the greatest for this positive reply. Heard the same from someone last night ! grin. Many Thanks..

Hello,

its not a requirement to have the ticket paid for but you need to include the confirmed flight reservation, i just did thesame schengen visa for Netherland and i submitted my confirmed flight booking, although it was stated that it expires after 48hrs if not paid for. I tried Air france, it was'nt successfull but i was able to book on Luftansa which was what i submitted with it.

see detailed list of docs you need to submitt with your application.


1 colour ID photograph, size, 3,5x4,5, taken recently, against a plain white background

Passport with a validity of at least 3-6 months from the date of departure + two empty pages

Two copies of passport data pages and those mentioning an extension of validity

Copies of valid US, UK, Canada, Japan and any Schengen visa

Applicant’s proof of employment: Letter from the employer, with address and telephone number, stating the position held as well as the starting date and the monthly salary. This certificate has to confirm the dates of approved leave from place of work, the return back to work and whether salary is paid or not during the period.

For merchants or in case of self-employment: copy of the certificate of trade registration or other appropriate document (Authorisation of practice).

Proofs of the applicant’s personal income : Copy of all kind of bank accounts (Updated at least 15 days prior to the application, including the page with the meaning of codes of operations) and, if applicable, copies of the three last salary slips

If the applicant has no personal income or if they are insufficient : the spouse or a family member has to prove his (her) personal incomes (copy of the three last salary slips or copy of updated bank accounts) and write a letter confirming that he (she) will pay for all the applicant‘s expenses during the stay

Confirmed reservation of return flight ticket(s). If applicable, detailed itinerary clearly showing the name of all visited countries and the dates of stay


Proofs of accommodation for the complete duration of stay in the Schengen countries : Booking of an hotel room with dates of checking in and out, OR title deed OR lease of house or apartment

Invitation letter from the French company, stating purposes and dates of the business trip. For participation in fairs in France, evidence of booking or payment for the stall must be submitted.

Copy of medical insurance valid for the length of stay and for all Schengen countries, covering medical repatriation and hospital care. A minimum corresponding to 30,000 Euros is mandatory. The policy has to be issued by by a local company listed by the Schengen missions or by an insurance company based in Europe.
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by koolmd: 9:26pm On Oct 11, 2012
Vicjustice:
   A Nigerian holding a UK visa does not need a transit visa to connect through airports in France. But if you wish to be allowed into the country, then, you need a tourist visa.


   If your documents are not questionable, if your intention is clear and your application is transparent, then, your visa could be issued within ten days depending on how busy they are.


   An interview is not necessary if your application is crystal clear and the embassy has no reason to question you.


   The airline that you fly with is not necessarily taken into account, but the airport you'd be flying from may count for security and verification reasons. And it doesn't matter what country you arrive in first (whether the UK or France) as long as you hold the UK and the Schengen visa, but if you wish to exercise your Schengen visa first, you have to start with France except you have compelling reasons to enter through another Scengen country.


   Well, be careful with Nigerians when it comes to travel matters because, most are vampires, when you have some money to be sucked out of you: They are predators, when you allow them to exhaust the life of your purse and scavengers when they feed on your remnant.
   Honestly, you don't really need a tour guide, Tour-guides are usually for a group of tourists who pay for the services of a tourism company that provides them with private vehicles (ie buses) with tourist drivers and guides.
   So, what you can do is to go to a tourist information dest in Paris, they are usually at the Airports, also at major train and bus stations, there you would be provided with free take-away maps of the city showing tourist attractions and directions. You would be told how to get to the city Site-Seeing bus-stops where you can join an open-roof-double-decker (hop-in/hop-out) tour bus that will take you about the whole city: the buses have inbuilt recorded information that explains every attraction in view, and every passenger will be given an earphone and allowed the options of different languages. The cost is remarkably cheap, the services are superb and the staff are polite.
   Man, just do as i narrated, and you'd have a blissful trip to talk about in Nairaland

Hello, its not advisable to get to the country's border of entery e.g airport before you start asking at the tourist information desk ooo, prepare your itenary (there are lots of resource on the internet). You dont have to get to Paris before you know where you're going. You would have been drilled by the immigration officer at clearance before you get to the tourist information desk so research places you can visit in Paris before you travel.After your border clearance you can then get to the tourist information desk for enquiries. I had this experience at Gatwick and it was'nt funny, since then i learned to know more about any place i choose to visit.
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by Vicjustice: 10:08pm On Oct 12, 2012
justi4jesu:

@Dantecmu pls I want you to assist me with informations, my boyfriend is a citizen of france and he will be coming to Nigeria very soon, when he comes we are planning to apply for a visa to france so that I can go back with him. I work as an Admin officer in an IT firm since 5months till date but my salary is paid directly into my account without any pay slip or tax paid. And my employment letter has not been given to me yet, my account balance is within 150-200k. My bf will sponsor me for everything. What's my chance of getting the visa?
You have no chance; at least, your chance is close to zero.
Read more here:
https://www.nairaland.com/967110/main-reasons-many-refused-visas
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by justi4jesu(f): 5:54am On Oct 13, 2012
Vicjustice:
You have no chance; at least, your chance is close to zero.
Read more here:
https://www.nairaland.com/967110/main-reasons-many-refused-visas

Thanks Vicjustice,
What are the procedures? I appreciate your assistance.
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by Goodmeals(f): 3:58pm On Oct 21, 2012
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Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by dotcomnamename: 12:15pm On Nov 22, 2012
Does anyone know example of password to book an online appointment to submit French Visa application?
It keep showing the below:

Password is not strong enough. Requirements for a Strong password are: At least 8 characters long. At least 1 uppercase AND at least 1 lowercase AND 1 Special Character . At least 1 digit OR at least 1 alphanumeric. No spaces.

And i've tried to use eg.. France2012 but not going through...

Any help pls?
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by topsyking: 12:22pm On Nov 22, 2012
dotcom_na_me_na_me: Does anyone know example of password to book an online appointment to submit French Visa application?
It keep showing the below:

Password is not strong enough. Requirements for a Strong password are: At least 8 characters long. At least 1 uppercase AND at least 1 lowercase AND 1 Special Character . At least 1 digit OR at least 1 alphanumeric. No spaces.

And i've tried to use eg.. France2012 but not going through...

Any help pls?

Try dis..fuvckfrance666
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by dotcomnamename: 6:09pm On Nov 22, 2012
topsyking:
Try dis..fuvckfrance666
Ok thanks
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by bettylove: 1:15pm On Mar 20, 2013
Please house i want to know if France embassy confirm UK visa from UK embassy.

Thanks
Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by justwise(m): 1:31pm On Mar 20, 2013
bettylove: Please house i want to know if France embassy confirm UK visa from UK embassy.

Thanks

The question that comes to mind is...is the UK visa fake? If not why would you be worried if they carry out check?

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Re: FRENCH TOURIST VISA : Help Needed by dotcomnamename: 4:17pm On Mar 20, 2013
justwise:

The question that comes to mind is...is the UK visa fake? If not why would you be worried if they carry out check?

Exactly what came to my mind grin

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