Short stay visa for airline crew members

Conditions of residence

Note that you may only apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles if you are a resident or based out of Southern California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico or Southern Nevada.

As of August 1, 2009, crew members (i.e. pilots and flight attendants) are no longer required to apply for a Schengen visa. Visas are required crew members only for citizens of Dominique, St. Kitts & Nevis and Tuvalu.

If you are travelling to the Schengen area as part of a your personal vacation "off duty", you must apply for a Schengen visa for tourism

Processing time

Processing time: 1 to 2 business days


Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.

- Original passport. Make sure your passport has been delivered less than 10 years ago.

- Processing fee

- One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

- One PASSPORT PHOTO. Do not glu or staple.
More details on photograph requirements.

- Crew member ID Card

- Letter from the company mentioning that the person is still working for the Airline company as a crew member


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 in Los Angeles.
  • 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)

  • 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 even on two different dates).


WARNING: To use the system, the following configuration is required :

  • Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer internet browser
  • Adobe Acrobat reader
  • Allow pop-ups
  • The appointment system is NOT compatible with Mac computers or Chrome browsers

Last modified on 07/09/2017

top of the page