African countries represented by the French Embassy in Ireland


If you are a resident in Ireland and if you are planning to travel to one of the following countries for a short stay (mainly tourism or private purpose), you may apply for a visa at the French embassy in Dublin.

Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Djibouti, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mauritania*, Togo.

*Due to a consultation of the Mauritanian authorities, please be aware that the processing time might reach months. Therefore it is strongly advised to contact the Mauritanian authorities (consulate or embassy) in another country, in order to apply for a visa from there.

Please find hereafter the list of requirements for a short stay visa to those listed countries.

Visa fees are 60 euros per applicant. Processing time may vary from 1 to 2 weeks, depending on your nationality.Please click on the following link, to have access to the section how to book an appointment.

Before booking an appointment, you should contact the visa section to check if your nationality is subject to an exemption:


Please make sure you provide the Embassy with all the following requirements. Failing to do so might lead to a rejection of your application.

Please note that all the documents must be produced in original and copy. If you do not produce a copy, the original will be kept by the Embassy and will at no point be handed back to you.

The requirements for tourism are:

Application form Make sure you fill it up completely. Some information, if missing, could delay the study of your file or lead to a rejection closure of your file. Click here to download the form.
Passport or travel document Please note that your document has to be valid for a period of 3 months after the intended return and have a least 2 blank pages. From 5 April 2010, only passports that have been issued during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa. If your passport has been issued more than 10 years ago, please apply for a new passport at your embassy. As for all below listed documents you should provide the Embassy with a copy of your passport that includes all the inside pages apart from the blank ones.
Re-entry visa to Ireland That visa should be valid for at least 3 month after the intended return.
1 passport size photograph 1 passport photograph conform to the French regulation (size 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm with white background, taken within three months)
Garda Naturalisation and Immigration Bureau card Your GNIB card has to be valid for at least 3 months after the intended return date.
Return tickets to Ireland Your flight should be fully booked on application. If you are visiting other countries, travel tickets for the whole itinerary are required. N.B.: if you do not want to run the risk of losing your payment in case of rejection, you might try and book through a travel agency.
Purpose of trip Please provide depending on your trip, either a short note explaining its purpose or a travel plan (if you intend to tour around, for instance, or intend to visit different places for a touristic purpose).
- Invitation letter
- Copy of the passport of your host
Proof of the host’s address
Hotel The booking should be made for the whole duration of your stay. A recent letter from your employer That letter should indicate your date of hiring, your position in the company, whether you are working full or part-time, your yearly salary and the dates of your planned holidays.
Travel and repatriation insurance The insurance should be subscribed with a provider in Ireland. It should cover you for your whole stay.
- Proof of same should be provided (a card is not sufficient).
- N.B.: The European Medical Card does not meet those criteria.
Letter from the higher education institution If you are staying in Ireland as a student (stamp 2) please bring a letter from your school/college/university stating the matter and level of your studies, your attendance rate, and the dates of your holidays and/or intended trip.
- If you have been studying in Ireland for some years, it might be useful to produce proofs of the previous years studies.
Your pay slips for the last 2 months With, quite obviously, your name and that of the company.
Tax registration/P60-P45-P21/tax clearance If self employed, you will provide the embassy with the most recent of the above.
Written proof of allowances You will provide a written proof of any allowances you might be getting from the social welfare (unemployment, child benefit, rent allowance…)
Authorisation to travel for the unemployed If you are in receipt of unemployment/long term disease/disability allowances, you will bring a letter from the social services allowing you to travel a the proposed dates.
Marriage certificate It is compulsory for dependents to produce one.
- Same is compulsory for spouses of an EU citizen
- If married to a French national, you will produce the French marriage certificate. (If you got married out of France your foreign marriage certificate should have been transcripted into a French one by the French Embassy/Consulate).
Birth certificate A birth cert has to be produced for any under age applicant.
Parental authorization When a minor is traveling alone (or with the school) both parents should sign a parental authorisation.
In case there is only one tenant of parental authority, please produce a proof of that fact. A model of authorization will be found on the Embassy website. Click here. To that form, you will add a copy of the signatory’s passport.
Bank statements On application you should produce your bank statements for the last 2 months. The last one should be less than 15 days old. If needed, you can complete the documents you received from the bank with a mini statement from the ATM.
Those statements should bear your name and address.
- When applicable you may produce statements for more than one account. If you have both a company and a private account, please bring both.
- We also advise applicants to produce a copy of their credit card together with their last credit card statement.
Proof of transfer Your bank statements should be accompanied by proofs of the lawful origin of any recent transfer to your account.
Prepaid registered envelope (1 envelope per passport) If you cannot come to collect your passport on the collection date (see below), please provide the visa section with a prepaid registered envelope (issued by the post office) bearing your correct address in the receiver’s section. Note that your passport might not reach you on the collection date due to postal delay. Note that in case of rejection, the Embassy will not be in a position to return passports by post : all applicants will have to present themselves to collect passports.

N.B.: Should you fail to produce one or more of the required documents on application, you will be asked to come to the visa section again with the missing papers.

Better be right from the start! Why not use the above as a check list?

Published on 29/08/2016

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