Visas for France [fr]

Apply for a visa at VFS Global

The Consulate General of France in Los Angeles is no longer responsible for providing visas. All visa applications are now handled by the nine VFS Global centers that have been opened in these American cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Applicants may submit their application in the center of their choice.

In Los Angeles
Visa Application Centre
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 450
Beverly Hills
California, 90211

Customer advirories: The new executive order announced on Monday, July 13 by the Governor of California orders a return to certain restrictions to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the closure of offices for non-critical sectors.

As a result, the VFS visa center in Los Angeles is required to close its doors to the public and new visa applications will no longer be processed.

Visa applicants are advised to proceed to another VFS center in the United States.


France-visas is the unique portal containing all the necessary information to guide and assist you at every step of your visa application (file preparation, entry, filing and follow-up of your application, list of documents to be produced).

To stay informed and prepared, log on to France-Visas
In case of difficulties, please contact VFS:


In accordance with Decree no. 2020-911 of July 27, 2020, for all arrivals in France from Saturday, August 1, travelers aged 11 or older from the United States must provide the results of a virologic screening test (such as a PCR test) taken less than 72 hours before departure indicating a negative result for Covid-19. If they are not able to provide evidence of this test, boarding will be denied. Passengers will not be required to undertake any other health checks on arrival. A list of available test sites in the United States, based on your place of residence, can be found on the following link. However, we recommend making sure that results will be available in time before taking a test.

It is also important to note that, in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic, the external borders of the European Union and the Schengen Area have been closed to travelers from the United States since March 17 and that, in this context, only those persons who fall within one of the categories mentioned in the exempted international movement certificate for travel from abroad to mainland France are authorized to enter France:
This information will be updated regularly based on further clarifications over the coming days.

Who can enter French territory?

There are no restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from the European space (European Union Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican).

However, due to reciprocity:

If you are coming from the United Kingdom, no restrictions are in place but you will be asked to carry out a 14-day voluntary quarantine.

The external borders of the European space remain closed. Therefore, travel to France from a third country is not possible except for travellers in one of the following situations:

  • French citizens, and their spouses and children;
  • European Union citizens and citizens of Andorra, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, with their main residence in France or travelling to the country in which they are a citizen or resident by transiting through France, as well as their partner and children;
  • Nationals of a third country with a valid European or French residence permit or long-stay visa with their main residence in France or travelling to their residence in another European Union or equivalent country by transiting through France;
  • Residents of a third country, in transit for less than 24 in an international zone to reach their country of origin and having a ticket for that country;
  • Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, and their partners and children;
  • Foreign health professionals helping to fight COVID-19;
  • Foreign crews and personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base;
  • Foreign nationals carrying out international goods transport;
  • Foreign navy personnel carrying out international goods transport or working on fishing boats.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 on entering France, you will be required to carry out compulsory quarantine.

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Exempted movement certificates

To return to Metropolitan France, you must fill out and carry with you the following documents:

  • the exempted movement certificate for Metropolitan France which can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website or can be found right below (Page 1). You must present this certificate to travel companies before using your travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail).
  • Sworn Statement of Absence of COVID-19 symptoms (Page 2)
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French borders to reopen gradually

Given the improved health situation in France and in Europe and in accordance with the recommendations announced by the European Commission, on 15 June, France lifted all restrictions on movement at its European internal borders (land, air and sea), which have been applied to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

France has progressively started to open its Schengen Area external borders since July 1st. This is occuring gradually and in a differentiated manner depending on the health situations in third countries, and in line with the European procedures to be issued by that time.
Given the importance of the attractiveness of French higher education, international students are allowed to travel to France, regardless of their countries of origin, and visa procedures are facilitated. Visa and resident permit applications are processed as a priority. More information on this link

Last modified on 30/07/2020

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