Getting an Entry Visa to France

All foreign citizens who wish to come to France must be able to present regulatory proof of the purpose of their stay, means of support and accommodation.
In some cases, they need a visa to enter France. Visas must be applied for before leaving for France at the nearest French consular office.

In Bahrain, Schengen Visa applicants get appointments through phone number 17 506 100, from 8 am to 4pm, from Sunday till Thursday (except for public holidays).

Please remember that, according to a European act, since December 26th. 2007, the French Embassy in Bahrain will only deliver biometrical visas. Such visas need the applicant’s appearance, to record his/her personal datas (photo & fingerprints).

Children under 12 y.o. do not need to appear.

Hotel booking is no longer required. Applicants must in that case prove sufficient income to cover their stay, at least 60 BHD per day /per person. They must also indicate on the form as before the address where they intend to reside during their stay.

Do you need a visa ?


Several factors determine whether a visa is waived. Please check on the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry’s website.

Bahraini citizens need a visa to enter the Schengen territory. For ordinary passports, it takes 2 to 3 days to issue a Schengen visa. Nevertheless, the previous timing can be extended during peak seasons throughout the year. For this reason and to avoid any inconvenience, kindly submit you application at least 15 working days prior to your departure.
Diplomatic and official passports holders can enter without visa in France only; a visa is still needed to enter other Schengen countries.

For other appliers, delivery time may change according to their nationality.

How much does a visa cost?


For a short-stay visa, it costs the equivalent in BHD to 60€. Only cash is accepted.

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs- visas fares

Where to apply for a Schengen visa in Manama ?


A Schengen visa is delivered according to the first or main destination country. The Embassy of France draws the public’s attention to the fact that, in case of a visit to different countries inside the Shengen space, this is the country where the stay is the longest that determines the relevant embassy where to apply for the visa.

The French Embassy delivers Schengen visas for the following states:
- France
- Austria
- Portugal

From September 1st, France will not deliver anymore visas for Spain.A private company, VFS Global, will ensure this service. You can find all the necessary information on the link bellow:www.vfsglobal.com/spain/bahrain or in this document.
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The German Embassy delivers Schengen visas for the following states:
- Germany
- Belgium
- Finland
- Iceland
- Luxembourg
- Norway
- Netherlands
- Sweden

The Danish Consulate delivers Shengen visas for main destinations in Denmark. From September 19th, 2011 the consulate will act as mail box for the Danish Embassy in Riyadh.

The Italian Embassy delivers Schengen visas for the following states:
- Italy
- Malta

How can you take an appointment?

You have to take an appointment only through phone number 17 506 100, from 8am to 4pm, from sunday to thursday (except holiday), except for the diplomatic and special passport holders can call at he Embassy, Visa section on : 17 298 660.
The services offered will be at the expense of the visa applicant as per the following rates :

- Answering visa general enquiries : no charges.
- Scheduling visa appointments : 15BD per appointment.
- Preparing visa applications’ forms and file of documents 5BD per form

Which documents do you need to get a visa?


Short stay visa: Download the application form
A short stay is a stay in the Schengen area under 90 days or multiple stays totalling less than 90 days in a period of 6 months.

- DIPLOMATIC OR SPECIAL PASSEPORTS
Download the visa requirements

- BAHRAINI HOLDING ORDINARY PASSPORT:
Download the visa requirements

- OTHER NATIONALITIES:
Download the visa requirements

- Download the parental authorization form (only for applicants under 18)

Long stay visa: Download the application form

A stay of more than three consecutive months shall be the subject of an application for a long stay visa which when considered favourably will lead to the delivery of a national visa.
According to the wide variety of motivations behind this long stay, we would advise you to get into contact with visa section of the Embassy, which, after an interview, would define which type of application file has to be constituted.
Nevertheless, only applicants living in the Kingdom of Bahrain and looking forward to staying in France can be granted such a visa.

Hotel booking is no longer required. Applicants must in that case prove sufficient income to cover their stay, at least 60 BHD per day /per person. They must also indicate on the form as before the address where they intend to reside during their stay.



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published on 18/12/2014

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