Visas / passport validity

Do I need a visa?

Is my passport valid for a trip to France?

You will find the answers to those questions and many more on the France Visas Website.

N.B.: Holders of US passports do not need a visa for short stays (less than 90 days out of 6 month).
That passport should be valid for at least 3 months after the end of the stay

The consulate general of France does not issue visas nor receive any visa application.

All applications for the jurisdiction of the Consulate in Los Angeles, are received by VFS Global situated in Beverly Hills, 8530 Wilshire Boulevard, suite 450

There are 9 VFS Centers in the US : Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Visas seekers can apply at the VFS Center of their choice.

Appointments with VFS can be booked through the France Visas Website.

You will also find, on this website, all the information you need to gather the required documentation.

For any information regarding your application (requirements, length of the process etc..), or any difficulty with your appointment, please contact VFS, either by email ( or by phone (+1 212 784 6157 or +1 347 252 3055)

In the case your question couldn’t be answered by the France Visa website nor by VFS, you may contact the Consulate General of France in Washington:

N.B.: Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.

Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.

The main steps in applying for a visa

Do I need a visa?

PNG First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.

Complete your application online

PNG Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.

Submit your application to the visa centre.

PNG Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

Track your visa application

PNG Once your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.

Last modified on 31/12/2019

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