The French embassy has opened a France visa application center at the old wing of the Royal Grand Hotel in Sinkor.
According to information from the embassy, applicants in Liberia (except holders of official passports) seeking a France visa can visit the newly opened VFS Global France Visa Application Centre in Monrovia.
"Visa applications of holders of official passports are processed by the Swedish Embassy, which represents the French Embassy in the country."
Applications are collected by the VFS office in Monrovia, but are processed by the Consulate General of France in Abidjan, thus preventing applicants from traveling to Ivory Coast.
"As an exclusive service provider to the Government of France for select locations in Sub-Saharan Africa, VFS Global recently launched France Visa Application Centres in four countries across West and East Africa as part of the contracts awarded by the respective Embassies of France, including Liberia in September 2023."
"Applicants need to complete their application online at https://france-visas.gouv.fr before booking an appointment. Once completed, applicants can book an appointment through our website https://visa.vfsglobal.com/civ/en/fra/ to visit the centre for visa application processing."
"Key features* (optional for greater convenience) of the center include: Completion of the visa application with the help of our expert staff using Form-filling services, optional Courier Service facility for doorstep delivery, and a wide selection of other optional value-added services like photocopy and photograph services to enhance the overall experience of applicants. Dedicated contact center and email support are available to answer queries."
According to the French embassy, VFS Global has been a trusted partner for the Government of France for visa processing services since 2004. "The company services visa processing requirements on behalf of the Client Government across 25 countries through an extensive network of 77 Visa Application Centres."
Sebastien Jonbot, the embassy deputy head of mission, said the opening of the centre is a result of a long process initiated by Mrs. Isabelle Le Guellec, the current ambassador's predecessor, Mr. Michael Roux, in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Abidjan and the regional director of VFS.
According to Jonbot, the office allows France to offer a comprehensive service to Liberians and citizens of all nationalities residing in Liberia who wish to travel to France.
"On the one hand, holders of ordinary passports can now apply for a visa at this VFS office. On the other hand, an agreement signed by the Sweden embassy and France makes it possible for holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports to apply for a visa at the Swedish visa section through the French embassy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Swedish colleagues for their valuable and efficient collaboration in issuing these visas."
"Let me also stress that in both cases (official or ordinary visas), the main destination of the trip has to be France, although Schengen visas allow travel through Schengen members. I am, of course, talking under the control of the Consulate General of France in Abidjan."
Philippe Collin, Consul Général of France to Abidjan, said the opening of the center will efficiently meet the growing travel needs from Liberia by offering visa applicants a hassle-free and seamless experience as their first step to travel to France.
"It will also prevent them from traveling to Abidjan to submit their visa application or waiting for the visit of a VFS mission as was the case until now."
VFS Global is the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions. It partners with 70 client governments, operating a global network with more than 3,300 Application Centres in 149 countries.
Founded in 2001, VFS has processed over 272 million applications. The company manages non-judgmental and administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport, and consular services for its client governments, enabling them to focus entirely on the critical assessment task.