Do I Need a Visa for London and Paris?
Even the world’s most experienced travelers can be reduced to tears when trying to figure out whether or not they need visas. Do I get my visa before I travel? Which kind of visa do I need? How long will it take to get my visa? I’m going to several countries, do I need a separate visa for each one? Which visa do I need if I have a certain kind of passport? How long does my visa last? The questions can seem beyond endless. Here, we try to sort out one traveler’s visa dilemma.
This particular traveler is coming from India and wants to know if they need a separate visa for both London and Paris.
“Yes, you will require two different visas and I suggest you process them in your own country as it may take some time to process your French visa in London, if it is at all possible. They may ask for additional information or paperwork that you may not be carrying with you when you visit London, so I strongly advise you to arrange all your visas in India before arranging your travel plans.”
“Yes, I agree. Two separate visas required. The reason being is that to visit Paris you will need a Schengen visa. To visit UK then you will need a UK visa. Though UK is in the European Union it is not part of the Schengen agreement. Get them before you leave.”
“Have been to both places last year. Yes, two visas are required. If you want to visit other countries in Europe besides France (Paris), it is a different ball game altogether, the Schengen visa. Get both visas from India itself. You can't get a visa for Paris while you are in London or vice versa, while you are on a tourist visa to London or vice versa.”