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Visas - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Schengen visa ?

Sri Lankan citizens travelling to Schengen countries on business or as tourists may receive a uniform visa for a short stay of 1 to 90 days valid for Sweden and Finland (Embassy of Sweden), Germany, Austria, Estonia and Latvia (Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany), Italy, Greece and Malta (Embassy of Italy), The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Slovenia (Royal Netherlands Embassy), Norway, Denmark, and Iceland (Royal Norwegian Embassy), Sweden and Finland (Embassy of Sweden), Switzerland (Embassy of Switzerland) France, Portugal and Spain (Embassy of the Republic of France).

The Embassy of the main destination is responsible for processing the uniform Schengen visa. If main destination cannot be determined, responsibility for processing the visa lies with the Embassy of the Schengen state of first entry.


How can I get the free application forms ?

Application forms can be downloaded from the Embassy website as well as the V.F.S website 24 hours a day.

Application forms can also be collected from V.F.S. French visa application centre.


Where is VFS application center and what are the opening hours?

>> 120/A Havelock Road (opposite Police Park, Colombo 5), from Mondays to Thursdays from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm and Fridays from 8.00 am to 10.30 am.


When can I apply ?

Applications have to be submitted between 3 months and at least 10 days before the planned departure.

The visa section is open every morning from Tuesday to Friday. Long stay visa applicants are received on Mondays only.

All short stay and Family Reunion Long stay applicants should handover the documents Mondays to Fridays to V.F.S, except Spouses of European nationals, holders of diplomatic or official passports and other categories of long stay visa applicants (students, work permit, visitors,...)


Can somebody apply for me ?

No. Applicant shall call over in person. Travel agents or other individuals are not allowed to represent the applicant.


Where can I collect the requirement list for a Schengen visa ?

Requirement list can be downloaded from the Embassy website as well as the V.F.S website 24 hours a day.

Requirement list can also be collected from V.F.S. French visa application centre.


I travel for business. What are the visa procedures ?

Businessmen will be received at the Embassy by appointment after submitting their files at V.F.S. visa application centre.

V.F.S. will schedule the appointments to be held at the Embassy and will be in charge of returning passports at the end of the visa process.

V.F.S. will require a fee of 1400 LKR plus taxes for its service.

For further information, visa applicants are kindly requested to call the V.F.S. center: 451 20 20 or send an email to info@vfs-france.


I travel for tourism or in transit. What are the visa procedures ?

Tourist/transit applicants will be received by appointment after submitting their files at V.F.S. visa application centre.

V.F.S. will schedule the appointments to be held at the Embassy and will be in charge of returning passports at the end of the visa process. V.F.S. will require a fee of 1400 LKR plus taxes for its service.

For further information, visa applicants are kindly requested to call the V.F.S. center: 451 20 20 or send an email to info@vfs-france.


How much is the cost of a Schengen visa?

In addition to the V.F.S processing fee of 1400 LKR, Schengen visa costs the equivalent in Sri Lankan rupees of 60 Euros according to the French official exchange rate at the time of payment.


How long does it take to get back my passport ?

The Embassy of France requires a minimum of two working days to process a visa application. However in certain cases, it may take longer.

As an example, if a passport is handed over with a complete application and supporting documents on Tuesday it can be collected on Thursday ; if it is handed over on Wednesday it can be collected on Friday ; if it is handed over on Thursday it can be collected next Tuesday ; if it is handed over on Friday it can be collected next Wednesday.


How can I collect my passport ?

Except few cases, all the passports submited at V.F.S have to be collected from the same place : Mondays to Thursdays from 4.00 pm to 4.30 pm and on Fridays 01.30pm-02.30pm from V.F.S. French visa application centre.


What shall I do if my application is incomplete ?

Applicant should provide a complete file. If additional documents are required, a form stating the missing documents is handed over to the applicant by V.F.S.

If application is incomplete after submission at the Embassy, the visa may be refused.


My visa is rejected. What shall I do ?

If your visa has been rejected and unless you can provide further elements modifying your application, this decision will not be changed.


My visa is rejected. Can I get the reasons for refusal ?

With very few exceptions stated in French laws, the Embassy of France does not state the reasons for refusal of visa.


My visa is rejected. Can I get a refund of the visa fees ?

Visa fees are not reimbursed even in case of visa refusal.


I am travelling to Spain or Portugal for business or tourism. How shall I apply ?

Visa procedures and visa requirements for Spain or Portugal are the same as those for France.


My visa to Spain or Portugal has not been granted. How can I appeal ?

The French Embassy in Sri Lanka and the Maldives is not competent to handle appeals for Spanish or Portuguese visas.

According to your destination, you have to contact directly either the

Embassy of Spain in India (16, Sunder Nagar, New Delhi 110 003, India, +91.11 435 90 04),

or the Embassy of Portugal in India (13, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi 110 003, India, +91.11 435 12 52).


Online 5 October 2009

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