Resumption of visa services [fr]
The Embassy of France to the Philippines has resumed the issuance of certain categories of visas since Monday, June 22, 2020.
The processing of visas in the following categories will first be given priority:
Student/entrance examinations (short and long stay)
Business (short and long stay)
Family establishment in France
As before, visa applications must be filed on the France-Visas website:
Our service provider, VFS Global (30th Floor, The World Center, 330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila) will receive visa applicants in accordance with currently enforced health guidelines (wearing of masks, taking of temperature, etc.).
Due to the resumption of part-time work and the implementation of health protocols, the processing time for issuing visas has been extended.
The issuance of a visa does not guarantee the possibility of entering French territory, which remains to be determined by the applicable border restrictions on the date of travel. Before applying for a visa, it is recommended to verify whether you are authorized to enter France.
It is then the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that on their chosen date of departure:
Philippine law permits him/her to travel outside the Philippines (see in particular: https://www.dfa.gov.ph/covid-19-advisories; http://immigration.gov.ph/);
French regulations authorize access to French territory for Filipino travelers and other foreign nationals coming from the Philippines, in accordance with specific conditions related to health, if any, that they may be subject to (see in particular https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/)
The consular services of the Embassy of France to the Philippines will not be liable for cases in which, on the date of travel, the holder of a visa it has issued would:
Be prevented from leaving the Philippine territory due to the measures implemented by the Filipino authorities;
Be prohibited from entering the French territory due to the rules enforced by the French authorities.
You have a Schengen visa issued by the Embassy of France to the Philippines that has not been used due to the COVID-19 crisis. What should you do?
Having an unused visa on one’s passport is without prejudice to the passport holder and does not affect the duration of the authorized stay in a previous travel plan. It is therefore not necessary to request the cancellation of this visa.
Upon the resumption of visa issuance, applicants may benefit from a simplified procedure in which the following requirements shall be submitted:
Application form indicating new travel dates
Travel document containing the issued but unused visa
Proof of cancellation of previous travel
Proof of new travel plans
Proof of updated accommodations (hotel reservation or attestation d’accueil)
Updated travel insurance
Other documents (particularly financial documents) will not be requested from you. Generally, the visa will be issued for the same number of entries and for the same duration as the previous visa. Visa fees will likewise be waived.