Getting a visa
Several factors determine whether a visa is waived :
the nationality of the foreign national ;
the length of stay ;
and which part of the territory of the French Republic the foreign national is to visit (the European territory of France, which is part of the Schengen area, the territory of Overseas Departments or Overseas territorial communities).
The Embassy of France in Riga may only accept visa applications for the following areas :
long stay (over 90 days) visas for the European territory of France, which is part of the Schengen area, for the territory of Overseas Departments (Reunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Mayotte and French Guiana) and for Other territories of the French Republic located overseas (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, French Southern and Antarctic Territories) ;
long stay visas for Monaco ;
short stay visas for Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Togo (only visas for tourism purposes) ;
The Embassy of France in Riga may only accept applications from persons physically presents within its jurisdiction extended for three Baltic states, such as Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian nationals, Latvian and Estonian non-citizens and other country’s nationals residing in Baltic states. Under current regulations, all applications should be logged in person.
A visa is waived for :
citizens of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia for short stay and long stay in France, in territory of Overseas departments and Other territories of the French Republic located overseas ;
“non-citizens” of Latvia and Estonia for short stay in France and in territory of Overseas departments and territories.
other country’s nationals holders of a residence document issued by Latvian, Lithuanian or Estonian authority’s for short stay in France and in territory of Overseas departments and territories.
Embassy of France in Latvia
Raina bulvaris 9, Riga LV-1050
Phone : (371)67036600
Fax : (371)67036666
E-mail : webmestre.ambafrance-lv[at]diplomatie.gouv.fr
The visa section is available to the public : from Monday to Friday 9:30-12:00.