Processing times

Processing times - upon receipt of a complete application - are given as general guidelines and will vary according to the applicants nationality and the type of visa.
There is no expedite procedure for a visa, and the Visa Section cannot influence this timeline of process.
Reminder : Do allow at least 15 days for visa processing but do not submit your application more than 3 months before your planned dates of travel.

Warning : passports cannot be withdrawn once they have been delivered to the Visa Section and until the visa processing has been completed.

  • For short stay visas: depending on nationalities* so between 48 hours and 3 weeks
  • For long stay visas for studies or work: on average 3 weeks
  • For long stay visas for other purposes: from 2 or 3 weeks to 2 months

* A longer processing time is required for holders of passports from the following countries :

- 15 to 20 days (2 to 3 weeks) if you are a citizen of one of the following countries:

Afghanistan Algeria Bangladesh
Cameroon Central African republic Chad
Congo DRC Egypt Iran
Kenya Irak Jordan
Lebanon Libya Mali
Morocco Mauritania Niger
Nigeria North Korea Pakistan
Palestinian Authority Rwanda Saoudi Arabia
Somalia Sri Lanka South Sudan
Sudan Syria Tunisia
Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen
Zimbabwe US Refugee Travel Document US Re-entry Permit

Please note that the Visa Section will only replies to status queries if the application remains pending beyond the normal processing times.
Thank you for your understanding.

Last modified on 25/07/2017

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