A valid passport or other identification document is required by foreign nationals in order to enter France. The passport must be valid for a minimum of four months at least after entry into France or the Schengen area (The Schengen member states include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden).
A valid identity card is enough for entry for citizens of EU countries. Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter France. The French Embassy can provide detailed information.
There are a number of different types of visas available to visitors, namely:
Airport Transit Visa
Visa for the husband/wife of a French or EU citizen
The French Embassy in Abu Dhabi only accepts visa applications from residents of the Abu Dhabi Emirate only. Inhabitants of all other Emirates, namely, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Umm al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah and Sharjah, must apply for a visa at the French Consulate General in Dubai.
There are the three main visa categories available to visitors from the UAE.
Schengen visa for UAE nationals for a maximum stay of 90 days.
Purpose: tourism, business, medical treatment, transit airport only and transit overnight stay
Schengen visa for non-UAE nationals for a maximum stay of 90 days.Purpose: tourism, business, medical treatment, transit airport only and transit overnight stay
Longterm visa for all nationalities
For a stay of more than 90 days
Purpose: for students, workers, retirement
For further information, please visit http://www.ambafrance-eau.org.
French Embassy Abu Dhabi
Po Box 4014
Tel: +971 (0)2 443 51 00
Fax: +971 (0)2 443 41 58
Timings: Sunday to Thursday 09.00-12.00
Collection of passports: Sunday to Thursday 14.30 to 15.00
French Consulate Dubai
Po Box 3314
Tel: +971 4 332 90 40
Fax: +971 4 332 80 33
Timings: Sunday to Thursday 08.30 to 11.00
Collection of passports: Sunday to Thursday 14.30 to 15.30