Getting to the Bordeaux Exhibition Center
Visas and cancellation policy
- Holders of a passport or an identity card from a State in the European Union may freely enter French territory.
- Holders of a resident card or a visa issued by a State in the Schengen area may freely enter French territory for a period of no more than 90 days over a 180-day period.
- Holders of a passport issued by one of the States listed here may also freely enter French territory for a period of no more than 90 days over a 180-day period.
- In all other cases, a visa must be requested through the French Consulate closest to your home address.
If your main purpose for entering France or the Schengen area is to attend the RoboCup, please contact the closest French consulate (or the consulate of another State in the Schengen area) in your current country of residence, in order to apply for a Schengen visa.
French short stay visa: “Visa court séjour type C”
If your home country hosts more than one French consulate, please verify your Consular District on the local French Embassy website.
The estimated duration of a visa application may vary depending on where and when the application is submitted. We therefore advise you to initiate procedures with your local French consular authorities at least two months prior to your arrival in France.
See below the list of supporting documents usually required for this type of visa application*:
- Proof that you can sustain yourself throughout your stay in France (traveler checks, international credit cards, etc.),
- Your flights tickets (including return ticket),
- Travel insurance covering any medical, social and repatriation expenses up to 30,000 euros,
- Proof of residency in France (hotel booking, hosting certificate from a private host, etc.),
- Your RoboCup contender invitation letter or any other document explaining the reasons for your stay in France.
*Additional requirements may be listed on your local French consulate website.
Please note: if your visa application is rejected, neither the University of Bordeaux, nor the RoboCup organizing committee are entitled to contest the decision of a French national authority.
An Invitation Letter will be sent to a team member once the team registration and the team member registration have been completed, i.e., payment has been received. There will be no exceptions.
In an attempt to make life easier for competitors, our partner Génération Robots offers an on-site battery delivery service. The modalities for contacting our partner will be communicated to you soon.