Depending on your nationality, the duration and the reason for your stay in France, it may be necessary for you to obtain a visa before leaving. In this case, you should apply to the French consulate in your country.
For citizens of European Union countries, a current valid identity card is sufficient. However, for citizens of another country, a passport is obligatory, with a visa for certain countries. For more information on exempt and non-exempt countries, please visit here.
When a visa is required, an application must be filled for short-stay visa (3 months), business trip purpose. The file can be downloaded directly from the website here.
The file must contain all the documents mentioned below (additional documents may, where appropriate, be required):
Recent passport-sized photograph
Valid travel document (valid for at least three months longer than the visa applied for)
Ticket for the entire outward and return journey (at the time of the application's presentation, only documentary evidence of the reservation is required)
Documentary evidence of socio-professional situation: professional card, pay slip, certificate of school or university attendance, student card, pension book, evidence of retirement pension or pension de reversion (survivor's pension), etc.
Documentary evidence of financial resources, or certificate of assumption of responsibility for payment by the organization issuing the invitation
Assistance agreement covering medical and repatriation expenses, where appropriate
Travelers may be required to present their file in person.
Processing time varies according to the nationality of the applicant and local conditions of the issuing department. Please consult the consular website and ensure that you allow yourself ample time to apply for and receive your visa prior to the Congress.
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding the visa process, please visit here.