U.S. citizen : Short Stay Diplomatic and Official Visas

American citizens holders of diplomatic or official passports traveling to France on officials business on behalf of the US Government, (including government agencies, contractors or Parliament delegations) have to apply for a visa prior to leaving the United States.

Individuals have to apply with the following requirements, if they intend to travel to France with a U.S Diplomatic or Official passport.


No appointments are required for these applications. The following requested documents may be brought by a carrier to the visa section of the French General Consulate :

Monday to Friday (except holidays)
From 2:30 to 3:30 PM

REQUIREMENTS FOR A SHORT STAY (90 days of stay or less in any 180 days period):

- Passport valid for at least three months beyond the applicant’s last day of stay in France. Please make sure that :

  • your passport has a minimum of two blank pages (to affix the visa and for border stamps). Only visa pages are valid, amendments pages cannot be used for visas or entry stamps.
  • your passport is in good condition (any slight damage, even to the cover, can be considered as a compromission of the security of the travel document and declined at the visa section or at the border)
  • your passport allows proper identification of the bearer without any doubt (for example, passports of adults with passport pictures in their young ages may not be accepted)
  • your passport has been issued less than 10 years ago (first issuance) . Even if it has been renewed since then by your country, we will decline your passport for a visa application and you will have to renew it prior to applying.

The immigration officer of the visa section has full authority to decline a passport that wouldn’t meet the requirements and request a renewed one before you can apply for a visa at the French consulate.

- A copy of the passport (identification page + page mentioning the validity of the passport if not mentioned on the ID page, or extended).

- 1 short stay application form completely and clearly fully filled out and signed by the applicant. Imitation of a signature is a fraud and will be reported to the proper authorities. Please print in black. Indicate also your phone numbers and e-mail. Verify the number of forms by clicking here. (hint : forms should be signed twice in two dedicated boxes on the last third page. Signatures should be made precisely and consistently, and both matching the one in the passport. Lots of application are rejected because of signatures missing or suspected fraudulent.)

-  2 photographs (more information about the photograph). One photo must be pasted or cliped on the form and the other one attached with a parperclip. All photos must be recent, identical, passport size - 1,4" x 1,7" (3,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing face front the forehead hairline and ears on a white background, the face must take up 70-80% of the photograph. No smiling (neutral expression)

(Hint for the picture size : measure the face size between the exterior of the two ears : from 3/4 of an inch to less than one inch the picture size will be fine. an inch or more, or less than 3/4 of an inch : high chance to be invalid to make a visa).

- An official diplomatic letter from the Department of State. This letter should specify your name, your position, your passport’s type and date and purpose of travel. If one official note has been issued for several members of a same group of travelers, you have to provide one copy for each application package. (Moreover, official notes prepared with the mention "please refer to attached list" will not be accepted.)

For US Departments, please note that only few signers are appointed to issue official notes. You should contact the office in charge of the visas of your department or the SIA (Special Issuance Agency, US Department of State 600 19th Street NW Suite 3200, Washington, DC) for further information if necessary.

For the DOD only, the cover letter can be obtained through the Directorate of Executive Travel (DET) located on 9301 Chapel Road, Bldg 1458, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. The DET can be reached at (703) 545-9550.

DoD Passport and Visa website: https://passportmatters.hqda.pentagon.mil/

PLEASE NOTE: The DoD Passport and Visa Office is utilizing an e-mail address for all passport and visa inquiries:

Failure to comply with any of these guidelines will lead your application to be rejected.

For informative purposes :

- For US official and diplomatic passport, the average time process for a visa is usually from 4 to 5 business days. In some cases, the turnaround can be 2 weeks. We advise you to apply at least 15 business days prior to your planned trip.

- There is no liability for the visa office to speed up or be ready on time for an intended departure for applications presented late or incomplete.

- As a courtesy between nations, diplomatic or official passport holders are waived visas fees for their application.

Last modified on 22/11/2017

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