My Schengen visa is valid from 5 July, but I need to get into France on the 28th of June.

Will I be able to?

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    No. If you have flight ticket for 5th of July, will the airline allow you to board the plane on the 28th of June ? What made you think that the border officer will allow you to enter ? – DumbCoder Jun 19 '15 at 12:41
  • No. If you need to report a change of circumstances, you should contact the post that issued your Schengen. – Gayot Fow Jun 19 '15 at 12:45
  • Thank you DumbCoder! Thought maybe I can just opt for a tourist visa at the air port in France instead of going through the whole application process at the embassy again. – Carlen Jun 19 '15 at 13:21
  • Thanks Gayfot. Don't have enough time. One week to go. – Carlen Jun 19 '15 at 13:22
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    @Carlen: There is no such thing as "tourist visa at the airport" for the Schengen area! If you need a visa it has to be applied for (and issued) before traveling. – hmakholm left over Monica Jun 19 '15 at 13:23

No, you will not be able to. You will almost certainly be denied boarding by your airline and, if you do somehow make it to the port of entry, you would be refused entry, detained and forced to return to your point of origin at the earliest opportunity.

And since you have a Schengen visa, it also means you actually require one to enter and therefore absolutely need to go through the whole application process.

For completeness, note that there are some exceptions, like seamen en route to their ship and members of an EU citizens family, who might be afforded the possibility to apply for a visa at the border. But that's not an option for regular travellers.

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