Resumption of visa operations in Saudi Arabia: new conditions for submission of visa applications

The visa centres in Riyadh, Al-Khobar and Jeddah are open again.

  • Arrangements for booking appointments with the visa provider VFS Global remain unchanged. Social distancing measures and the use of protective equipment will be put in place to protect the health of all.
  • The eventual issuance of a visa does not guarantee immediate entry into the country, which is determined by border restrictions.

Submit your application at a visa centre for France, in Saudi Arabia

Visa applications of resident  in Saudi Arabia and Yemen  are proceeded by Embassy of France in Riyadh and Consulate General of France in Jeddah. Decision to grant or refuse a visa is strictly taken by French Diplomatic and Consular authorities.

  • For short stay applications, be sure to submit your documents at least 7 days before your date of departure. For some nationalities, this period may be up to 15 days.
  • Visa application can be submitted within 3 months before the trip or within 3 months before the expiration of the previous circulation visa. For renewal of circulation visa, applicants are strongly advised to apply during low season.
  • For long stay visa, be sure to apply at least one month before your date of departure.

To make an appointment and find information about the nearest visa center, please check the “Whom should I contact ?” section.

For all the special cases (student, special or diplomatic passport holders), see section "Local features”.


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.