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French flag Consulate-General of France in Sydney

Consul GeneralM. Eric BERTI
AddressLevel 26
St-Martins Tower
31 Market street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phonelocal: (02) 9268.2400
international: +61.2.9268.2400
Faxlocal: (02) 9268.2431
international: +61.2.9268.2431
Web sitehttp://www.ambafrance-au.org

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:12 EST
French Consulate in Sydney - Not available - Not helpful
You can try as many time you want to reach them on the phone (02) 9268 2400 They just never answer the phone during their business hours!! Whether you get an answering machine which hangs up on you or telling you to call back later, look at the website or email them.

Emailing don't really help given they don't answer their emails either. I have been sending few emails since a month, I haven't received any response yet.
Tue, 6 Oct 2015 10:31 EDT
European passport
I just want to know how to obtain a European passport.?i live here a citizen my mother is French can I obtain one through her somehow ?i tried emailing but the address doesn't work
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:21 EDT
Booking an Appointment!
I dont understand this syste. I have applied Visas for many countries with many embassies. But this particular system Rendez-vous to book an appointment with French consulate Sydney is horrible.
It says "No available appointment".

If the appointment system is so busy, why dont you increase it? or why don't you allot an event in future? I have been spending everyday and every 10 minutes to check once(they gracefully say...keep checking....)

I can't understand the logic behind not showing any appointment. How can I plan my trip without this big blockage on the way?
Genevieve Etienne
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:40 EDT
trying to make an appt. in sydney with consulate ; assistance appreciated
Dear Consulate: I am currently living in Papua New Guinea and am trying to get an appointment to go see my sister in France who is a French citizen. I would like to go to France in Oct. and will be in Sydney from 14-17 Sept. Please advise on the best way to make an appt. I have downloaded new browsers and would appreciate your guidance. Please respond to genandjoan@hotmail.com. Thank-you! Genevieve Etienne
Michael Frost
Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:35 EDT
Consulate staff
The person who handled the interview was not very focused on his/her work, kept on talking to the desk mate beside him/her, and not pay much attention to the interviewee. Gave very short answers that were sort of vague, and the way he/she spoke comes off as arrogant. Asked me to present documents that were not specified on the list of required documents written on their website

This was for a visa application, hopefully this is not a reflection of everyone's attitude in France
Peter Dunne
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 03:32 EST
Arrogant Consulate staff! Don't waste your time and money on anything French
My wife (Indonesian passport) was invited to visit France with her French citizen friend and stay with her friend's parents. The staff at the visa section of the French consulate in Sydney fit the "arrogant French" stereotype to a T. A lady there (and I use the term "lady" very loosely) dismissed me like a naughty child when I accompanied my wife to the desk – seems there was a hidden sign that said only applicants were permitted – cant understand why. I wasn't even allowed to wait in the reception area she said. Then she proceeded to treat my wife (English was the second language of both in the conversation) like an idiot because everything wasn't in order although we had done our best to follow the vague instructions on the website. When she returned at a later time with her French friend to try and ensure correct communication, her friend found the visa staff equally arrogant and rude. It seems that helpfulness is not part of their job description. Even if they were unable to approve the application, they could, at least, explain what was wrong or how to rectify problems. When I wrote to them seeking some clarification, they just said follow the instructions on the website (the very instructions I couldn't understand).

In the end she has had to give up on her dream to visit France and it will cost us the penalty of having to cancel her ticket as well as the expense of travel insurance and other costs we have incurred (The website clearly says that travel must be paid for before applying for a visa). Her friend is sad and embarrassed that my wife was treated so badly, so much so she doesn't want to travel there herself. I will NEVER go to France (I have been years ago, but never again), and I will seek every opportunity to dissuade people from going there or doing anything that will benefit France (even buying French wine). It may be a small protest that doesn't impact on France very much, but at least I will know that I haven't wasted my money on them.

Who needs the French anyway? If the rest of the country is like the arrogant people at the consulate, you would be better off spending your money travelling to a place all are welcomed.
Ziqiang He
Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:49 EST
visa to New Calidonia
I have Chinese passport with Australian permanent resident visa, I want to catch the cruise to visit New Caledonia and Vanuatu next month from 18th-28th December 2014, Do I need apply entry visa for these two countries?
Huong Le
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:46 EDT
Poor experience
French system is hyper-conservative. I am international student from Vietnam, studying in Brisbane and I would go on exchange to France, I do not really know law or requirements for French visa here. I got acceptance letter from French university quite late and there are NO appointment left, even there are 2 more months to go.
I already planed everything, even received the scholarship from school. Now I have to cancel all just for a stupid flight to Sydney and lodge stupid complex visa requirements? If the French do not improve, they must be out-of-date.
sylvie laboudigue
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:07 EDT
demande pour un nouveau passeport biometric
pouvez vous me dire si un certificate de naissance pour mon passeport datant de mars 2014 envoye par letter par la mairie de bordeaux est valide pour le nouveau passeport? merci pour la reponse.
Jean-Pierre Parisot
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:38 EDT
Missing Parcel Containing War medals and my father's last will
What happens to missing parcels received by the consulate.
After many years I am still waiting.
A phone call would be appreciated.

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