Applying for a visa

For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France.

Warning : the French embassy does not deliver short-stay visa for France. Applications are processed by the embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium.

France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).

The main steps in applying for a visa

Step 1 : Do I need a visa?

PNG First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.


Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.

Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.

Step 2 : Complete your application

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Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.

Documents needed for your application can be different depending on your current situation. An incomplete application file will not be taken into account.

Your passeport must be valid and its expiration date must be at least 3 months longer than the duration of the visa asked.

N.B. : the following forms are in French.

Short-stay visa

Visa Schengen
If you want to stay less than 90 days per semester in France, you have to apply for a short-stay visa. Applications are processed by the embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium .

Download the application form

Website the embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Rwanda

Short-stay visa for the French Overseas Departments and Territories
The French Overseas Departments and Territories are : Réunion, Mayotte, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

Download the application form

Documents needed to complete your application form

Short-stay visa for African countries

France processes short-stay visa applications for the following African countries:
-  Burkina-Faso
-  Togo (visa of 2 days)
-  Mauritania
-  Gabon
-  Djibouti (visa of 10 days)
-  Ivory Coast
-  Central African Republic (visa of 30 days)

N.B. : Waiting times for processing applications can be significant due to compulsory consultations.

Download the application form

Documents needed to complete your application form

Step 3 : Application fees

Fees for visa’s application are :

Short-stay visa for an African country : 82 136 Rwandan francs (80€)

Long-stay visa : 101 643 Rwandan francs (99€)

Short-stay visa for for the French Overseas Departments and Territories: 9 240 Rwandan francs (9€)

Fees are due at the submission of your application. They have to be payed in cash in Rwandan francs only.

Step 4 : Take an appointment in order to submit your application

PNGOnce you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

At the French embassy an appointment is compulsory. You can only take an appointment on our website.

Take an appointment here

Visa’s office is open from Monday to Thursday (8 :30am to 12 :00 am).

Step 5 : Track your visa application.

PNG Once your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.

Last update: 10/02/2020

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