France Embassy in Bamako- 5 Steps to Get Schengen Visa

France Embassy in Bamako is located in Mali and many tourists apply for a Schengen Visa to see Eiffel tower. France is famous for fashion shows, entertainment & media, creative industries and for wine. France Embassy in Bamako outsourced gave contract to Capago for collecting Schengen visa applications for visa processing. Use the tips in this blog to get Schengen visa approval at France Embassy in Bamako, Mali.

      Schengen visa (2019) stats issued at France Embassy in Bamako, Mali


      ConsulateTotal Uniform visas applied forTotal Uniform visas IssuedMultiple entry uniform visas issuedTotal LTV Visas issued

       France Embassy in Bamako






      Who can Apply Spain Schengen Visa from France Embassy in Bamako, Mali

      Visa applicants who are from cities (Kalabancoro, Kati, Mande, Baguineda-Camp,Koulikoro, Ouelessebougou, Kangaba, Kolokani, Banamba, Bougouni, Massigui,Wassoulou-Balle, Kita,Siguiri, Guinea Koumantou,) are eligible to apply for a Schengen visa from France Embassy in Bamako. Travelers with Mali tourist visas are not eligible to apply. France Embassy in Bamako has the right to evaluate the justification provided and to receive or not the visa applications. France consulate in Bamako has outsourced all visa processing to Capago Mali and they will process visa application for France Schengen visa

      France Consulate in Bamako, Mali


      Patrice Lumumba BP 17 – BAMAKO
      Phone: (+223) 44 97 58 28

      Timings: 8:15 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

      Email: [email protected]


      Location: France Embassy in Bamako View on Google Maps

      At The Capago Bamako Visa Center


      5th floor of the Babouya building located in ACI,

      2000 opposite the Orange Mali headquarter


      Location Map:

      Timings: Monday to Friday 08:00 am – 4:00 pm (by appointment only)

      Capago visa application center for France Consulate in Bamako accepts visa applicants with schedule appointment only. All appointments will be scheduled from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, according to availability. Access is restricted to applicants who have an appointment confirmed by the Embassy or whose interview has been scheduled through the Visa Centre. Appointment confirmation received from the Embassy or from the Visa Centre is required to get admission

      Visa Application Fee Structure for France Embassy in Bamako, Mali

      Application fee is collected on behalf of the France embassy in Bamako

      Visa TypeFee Eur
      Tourism Visa80 Eur
      Business Visa72.55 Eur
      Medical Treatment80 Eur
      Study VisaNo fee
      Sports and Cultural Events Visa80 Eur
      Transit Visa80 Eur
      Transport Visa80 Eur

      Capago Service Fee:

      Applicants applying for a visa application at the Capago Bamako Visa Application Centre also need to pay a service fee and this need to be paid when booking your appointment

      Schengen Visa Application Processing time

      The Embassy of France decides Schengen visa applications within 15 -30 calendar days. For national visas processing requires up to 30 days for family reunion and salaried work, and up to 120 days for self-employment work

      Schengen Visa Types issued by France Embassy in Bamako

      Short stay Schengen visas are issued for 90 day or less National visa is also issued which has the duration longer than 90 days. Visa Applicants can choose category depending on below reasons

      • Visiting Portugal- This visa is issues for tourism/vacation purposes
      • Business Visa- This visa is issues for professional/work related purposes
      • Family visa- This visa is issues for meeting family
      • Airport transit visa- This visa is used for transit
      • Medical visa- This visa is issued for receiving medical treatments
      • Schengen cultural visa- This visa for attending events
      • Study Visa – This visa is used for training or study purpose
      • Sports visa- This visa is issued for sports person



      5 Steps to apply for a Schengen Visa from France Embassy in Bamako

      Applying for Schengen Visa is a simple and quick if you prepare documentation carefully. Follow the steps below so that you can apply visa without any worries. You need to apply atleast 2 -3 weeks prior to travel date so that you give enough time for consulate to process your application

      Step 1: Choose right visa category and Complete the Schengen visa application

      Applying for a France Schengen Visa, your main destination should be France. Depending on your reason for trip select the right Schengen visa type for traveling to France. Fill the Schengen visa form online after creating an account and print the completed form and attach a photo. Note that these documents will be requested when submitting your visa application to the Capago visa center

      Step 2: Prepare for supported documents

      One of the most critical steps for getting visa is to get all required documents which need to be submitted along with your visa application. Below is the list of documents needed which may be needed depending on visa type.

      1. Passport photo
      2. Valid Passport
      3. Schengen Visa application form
      4. Travel Itinerary
      5. Invitation letter
      6. Hotel Confirmation Proof
      7. Schengen Travel Insurance
      8. Proof of Sufficient Funds
      9. Proof of legal residence
      10. Employment certificate
      11. Marriage/ Birth certificate

      Step 3: Make an appointment with the Capago Bamako Visa Application center

      Click request an appointment link and then answer all the questions by clicking the checkboxes and then click Make an appointment button. In the next page select standard service or express service, enter traveler details and then date and time for the appointment. You need to pay service fee within 48 hours after making an appointment. You will get an appointment confirmation through an email.

      Step 4: Attend Schengen Visa Interview at Capago Visa Application Center for France Embassy in Bamako

      Go through few important and most frequently asked question by visa officer during interview. Below is the list of frequently asked questions

      • Purpose of Your Trip?
      • Is anyone sponsoring your trip?
      • How long do you stay?
      • Do you regularly pay your income tax?
      • Can you provide your bank statement?

      To refer detailed interview questions, check out Schengen visa interview questions

      What To Do on the Date of Visa Interview

      Go to Capago Visa application center in Bamako, Mali on the date of interview atleast 30 min before your interview so that you can relax and have an overview of the location to get yourself comfortable. Ensure you got all required documents along with photocopies for your visa application. During the interview process you may be required to give biometrics data depending on consulate requirements. After the biometrics is done you need to pay the required Schengen visa fee & service fee and submit your application.

      Processing the Schengen visa Application

      At Capago visa center, you will be taken care of by staff who will check that all the documents necessary for your application are present in your file. If your application is complete, your application will be forwarded to the France consulate.

      Step 5: Recover of Passport

      Once the Consulate General of France finish processing your visa application, your passport will be returned to the Capago visa application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier (if offered by the Visa Application Centre) for an additional fee.  you will be notified to collect your passport either in person or through a representative. In some cases, due to incomplete/insufficient supported documents provided, visa application can be rejected

      What happens if Schengen Visa is refused

      Negative decisions on applications are notified to the applicant. In the refusal letter reasons on which refusal decision was taken are clearly stated. Visa applicants whose applications are refused can decide to apply again or to appeal

      Below are some of the reasons of Schengen Visa Rejection

      • Inadequate explanation of the traveling purpose
      • No travel medical insurance covering trip
      • Invalid passport or Passport expiring in 2 months
      • Lack of financial proof to support trip cost
      • Did not provide proof of accommodation
      • Missing documents

      If your Schengen Visa is rejected for some reason then you can re-apply Schengen Visa by following the article Help With Schengen Visa Rejection


      Sum Up:

      Applying for a Schengen Visa at France Consulate in Bamako, Mali is simple and you need to work with Capago to submit your application by following this article. Hopefully your visa will be approved, and you can enjoy your trip with family, friends & others. Holders of a new Schengen visa are not automatically allowed to enter France and Schengen territory and must comply with the travel restrictions in force at Schengen level and at the level of the country of first entry into the Schengen area because of Covid pandemic. It is indeed the responsibility of each traveler to check the travel restrictions in place before departure.