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22nd June, 2020

Following the announcement by the French authorities that they will start processing visa applications once more, our Visa Application Centre in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan will be reopening from June 22nd 2020. Please note that our opening hours have changed. More information is available on our Address & Opening Hours page.

Initially, only short stay or long stay student visa type will be accepted. The Visa Application centers are currently receiving all the student visa applications for the September 2020 academic year in France. Applications are currently being processed, but visas cannot be issued immediately. Applications can therefore be submitted now in order to avoid delays. Our appointment table is now open for you to book a time slot for your appointment.

We are implementing strict safety measures to protect our visa customers and our employees:

  • Anyone wishing to enter our centre will be required to provide a body temperature reading at the entrance. We will not be able to accept anyone with a temperature reading higher than 37.3°C.
  • All people entering our centre will have to wear a facemask.
  • We are applying strict social distancing measures inside our centre.
  • Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Important Notice

    3rd April, 2020

    What about foreigners whose short-term residence visas expire and who cannot return to their country of origin, or whose country prohibits entry from France for health reasons, or whose country faces the same health problems? Or because of air traffic disruption?

    In case of a justified emergency, a person with a short-term residence visa in France can obtain an extended short-term residence visa (90 days) or a temporary residence permit (3 months is recommended). Please contact "Préfecture" where you live.

    These emergencies are dealt with on a case by case basis by the "Préfecture". Agencies are required to organize specific ways to receive the public in order to take into account these legitimate user emergencies and avoid the consequences of an irregular stay in France. In special cases, visa extension is free of charge.

    Similarly, a person in such a situation in another country in the Schengen region must apply to the local authorities, who have the right to extend the Schengen visas even if they are issued by the French Embassy or Consulate.

    Important Notice

    17th March, 2020

    Dear applicants, due to the spread of COVID-19 virus in worldwide, the French government has issued strict measures to prevent and control it. Starting from 17th of March 2020, French Embassy and Consulates in China have to suspend all visa applications and the visa center is temporarily closed. The re-opening date will be notified later. During this period, please contact us through the official website for any emergent case by leaving a message online. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to you and thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

    Increased fees for visa applications

    Please note: as of February 2, 2020 the Schengen visa fee per person will increase from 60 to 80 euros or the equivalent amount in your local currency. For children between 6-12 years old the visa fee will increase to 40 euros or equivalent. No change for other categories. Visa for children under 6 years old remain free of charge.

    Self-service insurance

    Due to a regulation of the European Union (Decision 2004/17/CE of December 22nd 2003), it is necessary for visa applicants to be in possession of travel insurance valid in the Schengen area.

    TLScontact offers self-service insurance in Beijing center. For more information, you are invited to visit the website Insurance products offered by the website meet Schengen insurance requirements. Service provided by third party.

    Visa exemption NOW for New Caledonia with approved travel agencies

    From now on, all Chinese tourist traveling through an approved agency are now exempt from visa for New Caledonia for stays of less than 15 days. It means besides Polynesia and Reunion, New Caledonia becomes third destination, where Chinese Tourist can visit without visa if it’s through accredited travel agencies. For more details please visit our Documents and Visa Types page or FAQ.