Transitional provisions allowing the resumption of the visas activities.

Please note that the information below takes precedence over any other information.

Visa applications have resumed in Abuja and Lagos.

Until further notice, appointments have to be requested either from the Embassy of France in Abuja or the Consulate general for France in Lagos by email (please see below). Before making your appointment, you must verify that you need a visa (“Assistant Visa”). In this case you must follow the procedures detailed on this page in order to be able to submit the visa application form as well as the requested supporting documents. For more information on where to submit your application, refer to the "Whom should I contact?” section.

In the context of COVID-19, measures for social distancing and use of protective equipment have been put in place to protect the health of all. People with symptoms explicitly linked to covid-19 will be refused access (particularly feverishness, cough, breathing difficulties). Please also bring a pen.

The issuance of a visa does not guarantee the possibility of immediate entry on the French territory, which remains determined by the restrictions applicable to the borders. Before applying for a visa, it is recommended to check if you are authorized to enter France by consulting the following page : Travel certificate.


Submit your application at a visa centre for France, in Nigeria

Warning : appointments taken on VFS.Global website is compulsory. It includes pre-payment of service fee. First make sure that you are authorized to enter the French territory, and if so, under which conditions: please read carefully all the information available on the VFS website. Also please connect to the dedicated website page of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to know more about entry conditions on the French territory and the vaccines which are currently certified by the European Medicines Agency.

Visa applications submitted in Nigeria are examined by the consular service of the French Embassy in Abuja and the French Consulate in Lagos; only the Embassy and the Consulate are authorised to take decisions about visas.

  • For short-stay visa applications, please submit your application at least 15 days before your planned departure date;
  • For long-stay visa applications, please allow at least 1 month between submitting your application and your planned departure date.

Please note you can submit your visa application up to 6 months prior to your date of travel.

To make an appointment and find information about the visa application centres, please check the "Whom should I contact ?" section.

For specific situations (people not residing in Senegal, airport transit visa, holders of diplomatic or service passports), please check the "Particular situations" section.


Caution: Cerfa form in draft

The day of your appointment you must imperatively present your CERFA in final paper version. It must not have the word "DRAFT".

If your CERFA has the mention "DRAFT", this means that your application is not finalized on France-Visas and will therefore be refused on the day of filing.

Beware of fraudulent sites

Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer assistance in obtaining French visas.

The day of your appointment:

Attention, the day of your appointment you must print and come with your receipt. In case of absence of a document present on your receipt, your visa application can be refused.