Visa for visiting a represented African country

1- Conditions

You wish to visit any of the following countries for a period not exceeding three months for non-professional purposes: Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Mauritania, Senegal, and Togo. As these countries have no representation in Pakistan, the Embassy of France in Islamabad is authorised to accept and examine your visa application under the same conditions applicable to issuing a Schengen visa (except those allowing the holder to seek employment).

If the visa application is rejected, you may directly contact the competent diplomatic or consular representation of the State concerned. Visa application fees are not refundable.

In application of Decree n°2008-1176 dated 13 November 2008 and the European Parliament Regulation (EC) N° 810/2009 dated 13 July 2009, the Visa Section of the Embassy of France does not process visa applications from applicants who do not habitually reside or are not domiciled in the jurisdiction of Islamabad, except for emergencies/unforeseen

2- Regulations governing visits and application processing system:

Each destination has its own regulations governing visits and the procedures for processing visa applications. Please check below for further information:

BURKINA FASO

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver:

- all passports : Benin, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

- diplomatic and official passports only: Morocco, Russia.

Nationals from the following countries can avail of a short-stay visa on arrival in Burkina Faso:

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Prior consultations

Your application will be submitted to the authorities of Burkina Faso for prior consultation if you are a national of any of the following countries : Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Mauritania and Democratic Republic of Congo

The Embassy of France in Islamabad is not authorised to process applications of nationals of countries eligible for visas on arrival.

Visa issuance procedure

Your application will be submitted to the Burkina Faso authorities for prior consultation if you are a national of any of the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver : Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Israel, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Chad, Togo.

The Embassy of France in Islamabad is competent to issue visas for other nationals.
Although not guaranteed, Central African Republic authorities may exceptionally issue a visa on arrival on payment of 200,000 FCFA (300 euros) and visa fees.

Prior consultations

Your application will be submitted to the Central African Republic authorities for prior consultation if you are a national of any of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cuba, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Syria, CIS countries (except Russia), Yemen.

The Embassy of France in Islamabad is not authorised to issue visas for a period exceeding 30 days.

IVORY COAST

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver :

- all passports : Andorra, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Monaco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Vatican City.

- diplomatic and official passports only : Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland.

Nationals who may submit applications to the Embassy of France

The Embassy of France in Islamabad is authorised to process visa applications from the nationals of the following countries : Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria*, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Bahrain, Belgium*, Belize, Bermudas, Bhutan, Belorussia, Botswana, Brazil*, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel*, Italy*, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg*, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Marin, Saint Thomas and Principe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland*, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

* only ordinary passport holders require a visa.

The Embassy of France in Islamabad is not authorised to process visa applications for the nationals of the following countries : Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Chine, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sudan, Sri Lanka, stateless persons and refugees, Syria, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen.

Nationals of the following countries must apply directly to an Ivorian diplomatic or consular representation: Anguilla, Antigua, Ghana.

Prior consultations

None required.

DJIBOUTI

Regulations governing visits

All foreigners require an entry visa.

Prior consultations

None required.

Visa details

The Embassy of France in Islamabad is authorised to issue visas valid for a maximum of 10 days, irrespective of the applicant’s nationality. The validity period may be extended by the central immigration services of Djibouti. Applications for visa extension must be submitted before the expiry of the visa issued “under pain of its holder’s deportation without prior notice”.

GABON

Regulations governing visits

All foreigners require an entry visa.

Prior consultations

All tourist visa applications are subject to prior consultations with the Gabonese authorities.
South African nationals can receive visas on arrival.
For private or professional visits : the host must seek authorisation from the local authorities in Libreville (Directorate General of Documentation and Immigration) and forward it to the visa applicant, who must apply for a visa on arrival on Gabonese territory.

MAURITANIA

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver :

- Member States of the Arab Maghreb Union, except Morocco: Algeria, Tunisia, Libya

- ECOWAS Member States: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

- Bulgaria

Visas are mandatory for other nationalities

Prior consultations

All visa applications are subject to prior consultations with the Mauritanian authorities.

SENEGAL (Change of procedure since 01/07/2013)

SENEGAL

Since 01/07/2013, Senegal has introduced a procedure to pre-register your short stay visa application online at the following address : www.visasenegal.sn

You will be able to travel with this initial online visa and will get your final visa at the immigration borders in Senegal after the biometrics procedure.

Therefore the Embassy of France in Pakistan does not deal anymore with short stay visas on behalf of the Senegalese authorities.

TOGO

Regulations governing visits

If you are a national of any of the following countries, you qualify for a short-stay visa waiver : Benin, Burkina, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone.

The Embassy of France in Islamabad does not process visa applications for Togo as they are issued on arrival (visa valid for 7 days).

3- Submitting your application

1. Applications must be submitted directly to the Embassy of France in Pakistan. Please contact visas.islamabad-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr to get an appointment.

2. All supporting documents must be submitted with an English translation.

3. It is mandatory to submit all required documents. The Visa Section reserves the right to request for additional documents if it deems it necessary.

4. Visa fees

5. The Visa Section requires the applicant to appear personally.

6. The Visa Section reserves the right to ask a visa holder to appear personally on their return to Pakistan.

7. Child visitors :Child visitors (aged under 18 years) must provide a birth certificate and a family registration certificate in English, duly certified by the relevant authorities.
They must also provide a certificate of no-objection to visa issuance and leaving the Pakistani territory signed by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) if the latter are not visa applicants accompanying the child. Their signatures in the certificate must be notarised and the signatories must submit documents proving their identity.

Further, the parents or legal guardian(s) must also sign an authorisation stating that the adult accompanying the minor is authorised to do so and is responsible for them.

8. Young adults whose parents will be bearing the expenses for the visit will have to submit proof of family ties, their socio-professional status (school certificate, employment certificate) and supporting documents of parents’ income:

- copy of bank statements of the last three months

- copy of the National Tax Number Certificate (NTM) for the previous two years and proof of income tax payment (FBR)of the previous financial year

- last three salary slips.

9. An applicant whose trip expenses will be borne by the spouse must provide a marriage certificate and supporting documents of the spouse’s income.

Dernière modification : 23/04/2018

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