Short Stay Visa

Travelers subject to the visa requirement to enter the Schengen area have to apply for a short-stay visa.

A short stay visa is issued for a period not to exceed 90 days (Visa type C) and its validity shall not exceed five years.

Schengen visa applications to France, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and Monaco can be submitted at the Joint Schengen visa Application Centre (JSVAC) managed by VFS on French embassy’s behalf.

Visa applications submission shall be made with a prior appointment.
To schedule an appointment please click on here

Conditions of submission:

  • Passport shall be in a good condition
  • Passport shall be issued less than 10 years
  • Passport shall contains at least two blank pages
  • Two recent photos, passport size, shall be provided (35mmX45mm)
  • Current visa application form shall be filled in, dated and signed by the applicant himself or legal guardian for minor
  • Applicant shall be legally resident in Sri Lanka or Maldives for more than 3 months. Overseas Sri Lankan/Maldivian (students, expatriates, workers, dependents,…) shall apply for their visa in the country where they reside under a resident alien permit or equivalent document.

Location and opening hours

VFS Joint Schengen Visa Application Center is located :
No.61, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 (Opposite the Central Bank of Sri Lanka)
Application submission :

From Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 2:00pm
On Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00pm

Passport collection :

Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Service Fee

VFS applies a service fee equivalent to 17 € for each visa application, to be paid in Sri Lankan rupees (all taxes included).

Exemption can be granted such as spouse of French national.

Special disposal

Holders of diplomatic/official passports travelling for official or private purpose are entitled to lodge their visa application directly to the embassy.

For your further information
website :
email : (inquiries)
VFS call centre : +94 11 469 08 02/03/04

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Online 29/11/2016

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