My purpose of travel is to attend an academic conference at Amsterdam.

I'm also planning to visit Paris before attending the conference. So, my first port of entry is Paris.

Where should I apply for my Schengen visa? I want to apply at the French embassy as the processing time is fast. Is this fine?

  • 3 days in paris and 2 days in amsterdam. Yeah I will be spending more time at paris.
    – Alchemist
    Sep 11, 2016 at 4:24
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    If the conference were cancelled tomorrow, would you still go to Paris for tourism at this time? Sep 11, 2016 at 4:43
  • you don't mention which country you are FROM, always a problem on this site
    – Fattie
    Sep 11, 2016 at 8:49

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You should apply to the Netherlands for your visa.

The Schengen visa rules say that you should apply to the country which is your main destination for the entire trip. If there is no main destination, you apply to the country you spend the most days in, or if you spend the same amount of time in each country, then to the country you will enter first.

Because you are going to an academic conference in Amsterdam, and presumably would not travel at all if you were not going to the conference (and thus would not go to Paris), the Netherlands is easily identified as your main destination.

Note that if you apply to France, they may reject your application and advise you to apply to the Netherlands instead.


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