Particular situations

Competence of France and extension to neighboring countries (for all or part of visas)

Visa applications submitted in Vietnam are examined by the French Embassy in Hanoi or the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh-city.

People residing in Vietnam, who want to travel to France as a sole or main destination, must apply for their visa through TLScontact, the service provider in charge of collecting visa applications under the authority of the French Embassy in Hanoi and or the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh-city.

Schengen countries

The French Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh-city issue short-stay visas on behalf of two others countries of the Schengen area: Malta, Estonia.

The French Consulate in Vietnam represents Malta for short stay visa applications only.

Vietnamese nationals applying for students visas must lodge their application at the nearest Maltese representation, which would be in Beijing or Shanghai, in order to apply for a long stay visa fitting their purpose :

Diplomatic passports

Diplomatic passport holders are exempted from short-visa as long as they travel to France.


France also represents monaco in vietnam.

Exemption of TLS service fees

The following categories of applicants:

  • Spouses of a French citizen ;
  • UE/EEE/Swiss family members ;
  • French or foreign government grant holders (students) ;
  • Foreigners invited by an international organization having its headquarters in France (ordinary passport holders) ;
  • Service passport holders ;

Will benefit from exemption of TLS service fees.