Whom should I contact?

The consular section of the embassy of France welcomes all applications for short and long stay visas to metropolitan and overseas France*,

  • Short stay visas to France include :
  • visas for official missions to France ;
  • visas for diplomatic and service passport holders ;
  • transit visas ;
  • other categories of Schengen visa (tourism, business, study…).

Applicants must be resident in Ghana to make an appointment at the French Embassy to apply for a long stay visa to metropolitan and overseas France and for a short stay visas to overseas France and short stay visas to Mauritania and the Central African Republic. For non-Ghanaians, it means that they must have been in Ghana for three months at least and must be holder of a residence permit.

* Since French overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, La Réunion, Mayotte) and communities (French Polynesia, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Wallis et Futuna, New Caledonia) are not part of the Schengen area, the embassy of the French Republic is the only competent authority to issue long stay as well as short stay national visas to these destinations.

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VFS Call Centre in Accra

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Phone: (+233) 302 746 224



  Opening times

Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


Please note that we do not have any time slots available for the next month.

Appointment waiting times

We recommend you request a visa as early as possible when you know your departure date.

You can apply for a visa up to 6 months before your planned departure.

Delay to get a visa can vary depending on how many request we are getting at the same time, so we recommend you anticipate your request as much as possible to make sure you can travel on time!

For your information, processing time for short stay visas is at least 10 working days and 10 working days for long stay visas.

French Embassy in Accra


Contact details


4th Circular road - Cantonments





  Opening times

Submitting applications (appointment only)

Monday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. / 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. / 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. / 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. / 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Public holidays / closures

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Public holidays in 2023:

  • Monday 9 January: Constitution Day
  • Monday 6 March: Independence Day  
  • Friday 7 April: Good Friday
  • Monday 10th April: Easter Monday
  • Monday 1st May: Labour Day
  • Friday 4th August: Founder's Day
  • Thursday 21st September: Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day
  • Friday 1st December: Famers' Day
  • Monday 25 December: Christmas
  • Tuesday 26 December: Boxing Day

Appointment information

Personal appearance

Visa applicants must submit their visa application in person at the French Embassy.

Remember to bring the following:

  • The appointment conformation letter (printed out);
  • The file containing all the required documents presented in the same order as on the list of required documents;
  • Payment to cover the cost of the visa and the visa processing fees.

Procedure to follow in the Visa Centre

When you arrive at a visa centre, the security officers will check:

  • Your appointment confirmation letter;
  • Your passport: the passport number must be identical to the passport number indicated on the appointment confirmation letter;
  • All persons entering a Visa Centre will be subject to security checks.

Waiting room

When you enter the waiting room, take a ticket and wait for your number to be called.


At reception (comprising several windows), the visa officer will check whether your application is complete i.e. you have all the documents on the list provided by the French consular authorities.
If your visa application is incomplete (i.e. missing documents), you may choose not to submit your application until you have all the required documents and come back to the Centre at a later date and after making a new appointment. You will not have to pay any visa processing fees if you decide not to submit your application at this time.

However, if you do decide to submit an incomplete application, you will be asked to sign a document indicating that your application is incomplete and that certain documents are missing. Submitting a complete application does not guarantee that the consular authorities will issue you with a visa.


In the biometrics booth, your photograph and fingerprints will be taken. Children under 12 years of age: children under 12 years of age are not required to provide the biometric data; the application must be submitted by the child’s parent/legal guardian. The photograph in the ISO/IEC format of the child will be scanned. After visiting the biometric booth, you can leave the visa application centre.

Security information

When you visit a French Consulate, you must not bring any weapons or dangerous items with you. Security checks will be performed before you are admitted to the premises.

Tracking your application and Collecting your passport

You can collect your passport yourself.