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France Continues to Attract Kuwaiti Travellers as a Top Destination

France remains among the top destinations for Kuwaiti travellers, according to the French Ambassador to Kuwait, Claire Le Flécher, with France’s consular section receiving about 42,000 visa applications last year.

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Her comments came during a press conference updating Schengen visa procedures, SchengenVisaInfo reports.

In 2023, the consular section received almost 42,000 visa applications. For the first three months of 2024, almost 8,000 applications have been received.

French Ambassador to Kuwait, Claire Le Flécher

She highlighted the enduring friendship between these two countries, mentioning the notable number of Kuwaiti travellers choosing France as one of their favourite destinations for their holidays.

Flécher recalled that France will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024, emphasising that during this event, France will see a notable increase on a global scale.

In addition, she advised people to apply earlier after waiting times increase and also to avoid potential difficulties in the visa application process.

A visa application can be submitted up to 6 months before the scheduled trip. The applicant must apply first on the France Visas website and then make an appointment on the website of our service provider, Capago.

French Ambassador to Kuwait, Claire Le Flécher

The French Ambassador to Kuwait said that applicants must take into account that about six weeks are needed for visa issuance, which is additional to the waiting time before the appointment, which can reach three weeks, depending on the period.

In addition, according to her, the applicant should begin the process at least nine weeks before the scheduled departure.

Standard visa fees include the Consulate fees, which cost €80 for a short-stay visa, and the Capago office service fees, which cost 24 euros, for a total of €104.

French Ambassador to Kuwait, Claire Le Flécher,

She also revealed that the visa sticker will no longer have a signature but a stamp and a QR code instead.

Progress in Schengen Visa Applications

In March this year, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Al-Yahya said that progress has been made regarding the Schengen visa for citizens of Kuwaiti. According to the Minister, either an exemption will be provided or a solution similar to the arrangement with the United Kingdom will be pursued, which would entail a long-term online visa for five years.

Minister Abdullah Al-Yahya considered such an agreement very important for the country’s citizens who are subject to the visa process when planning to travel to the bloc.

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