Short stay visa for tourism, business, or familial visit (SCHENGEN visa)


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A Schengen visa, also called "C" visa, is a short stay visa (up to 90 days per semester) valid for the 26 States member of the Schengen agreement unless indicated otherwise on your visa:


Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Malta The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland

You must apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S B1-B2 visas.


YES, if you hold a passport from the following countries:

Afghanistan Albania* Algeria Angola Armenia
Azerbaidjan Bahrein Bangladesh Belize Benin
Bhutan Belarus Bolivia Bosnia* Botswana
Burkina Faso Burma/Myanmar Burundi Cambodia Cameroon
Cape Verde Central Africa Chad China
Comoros Congo D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre) Cuba Djibouti
Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Ethiopia Fiji Gabon Gambia Georgia
Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Guyana Haiti
Hong Kong (except S.A.R.*) India Indonesia Iran Iraq
Ivory Coast Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya
Kirghizistan Kiribati Kuweit Laos Lebanon
Lesotho Liberia Libya Macao (except S.A.R. and BNO) Macedonia*
Madagascar Malawi Maldives Mali Marshall Islands
Mauritania Moldavia* Mongolia Montenegro*
Morocco Mozambique Namibia Nauru Nepal
Niger Nigeria North Korea Oman Pakistan
Palestinian Nationals Papua New Guinea Philippines
Qatar Russia Rwanda Sao Tome & Principe Solomon
Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia* Sierra Leone Somalia
South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Surinam Swaziland
Syria Tadjikistan Taiwan* Tanzania Thailand
Togo Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan
Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine* United States Re-entry permit travel document United States Refugee Travel Document
Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
*ALBANIA, BOSNIA, MACEDONIA, MOLDAVIA, MONTENEGRO, UKRAINE, SERBIA: no short stay visa required if you hold a biometric passport
*TAIWAN: No short stay visa required for holders of a Taiwanese passport with a "Personal ID number" (Taiwanese national ID number) written in the passport (found above the date of birth).
*HONG KONG SAR or BNO: no visa required for a stay of 90 days or under
NO, YOU DO NOT NEED A VISA if you are a citizen of the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, or countries not listed above for tourism, business or family visit. You may stay up to 90 days over a period of 6 months. However, if the purpose of your trip is not tourism, business or family visit or if you are traveling to a French overseas territory or department, you may still be required to get a visa before your departure.

Note that not needing a visa for France does NOT necessarily mean that you do not need one to visit French Polynesia, New Caledonia etc or St Martin, St Barths, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reunion, etc), please check our website.

Diplomatic, special or official passport holders, please contact us.


Processing time depends on your citizenship. No emergency visas will be issued.
There is no expedite process. Between of 2 to 4 weeks is the average processing time if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Iran Iraq Jordan North Korea
Lebanon Libya Mauritania Nigeria Niger
Pakistan Palestinians Rwanda Sudan Surinam
Syria United States "Re-entry permit" travel document United States "Refugee" travel document Yemen Zimbabwe

For all other nationalities who need a visa the processing time is about 10 calendar days, in order to avoid unexcepted delays we STRONGLY suggest to apply at least 3 weeks before your departure (April to Septembre) and 2 weeks before your departure (October to March) . Please apply in advance, do not wait for the last minute.

You may apply for your visa NO EARLIER THAN 3 MONTHS before your departure date. No emergency visas will be issued. There is no expedite process.

IMPORTANT: Due to a high number of applicants during the months of JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and DECEMBER, please apply in advance.


Please provide us with the ORIGINAL + 1 COPY of each document PER APPLICANT including passport and relevant pages.
One passport = one set of visa documents (i.e. a family of 4 visa applicants = 4 sets of visa documents)

We insist that you take the utmost care of presenting a complete visa application on the day of your appointment. Our office is not responsible for delays or missed flights of incomplete or last minute visa application, it is the responsibility of the visa applicant to prepare a complete file PRIOR to the visa appointment time. Your file must be organized and legible, we must be able to easily find your name in each document, dates and any important information pertaining to the documents

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and will delay your visa application between one to two weeks.

You may apply for your visa NO EARLIER THAN 3 MONTHS before your departure date. No emergency visas will be issued. There is NO expedite process.

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SchengenVisa Application Requirements (click to download).
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SchengenVisa Application - Check List (click to download) .
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If you have difficulty downloading forms found on the "application requirements for Schengen visa" list above, you can download them below:

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Schengen Visa Application Form (PDF)
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Travel insurance requirement details
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  • NOTE: If you are a student, professor and/or a scientist invited to do research or to teach in France, you must apply for the following visa

The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.
- Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.
- The French Consulate in Los Angeles can refuse the issuance of a visa.
- Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country.

Every applicant must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. No exceptions. Fingerprints and a photograph must be taken in our premises.


  • Children under the age of 12 are not required to be present if applying for a SCHENGEN visa (but an appointment must be booked under their name)
  • If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling or rescheduling your appointment by logging back in the appointment system and click on “changing your appointment”. You will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number.

- One appointment = one person (for instance, a family of four = 4 appointments)

  • FOR MINOR APPLICANTS: a parent or guardian over the age of 18 must be present with the applicant on the day of the appointment , however the parent or guardian is not required to make an appointment.
  • Due to the high number of applicants, the French Consulate reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day or on two different dates.


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NOTE: Any appointments taken for a French citizen will automatically be cancelled.

Last modified on 18/08/2017

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