Short stay visa for airline crew members

Last update: 05/31/2013

Starting august 1st 2009, american crewmembers are no longer required to obtain a visa.

1. Do I need a visa as a pilot or flight attendant ?
2. Conditions of residence
3. How to make an appointment?
4. Processing time
5. Requirements
6. Validity of the visa
7. Important information

1. Do I need a visa as a pilot or flight attendant?

- No, if you are a citizen of the European Economic Area, Switzerland, or from :

Andorra Argentina Australia
Bermuda Brazil Brunei
Canada Chile Costa Rica
Croatia El Salvador Guatemala
Honduras Japan Malaysia
Mexico Monaco New Zealand
Nicaragua Panama Paraguay
San Marino South Korea United States

- Yes, if you are citizen of any country not listed above.

2. Conditions of residence

Note that you may only apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Boston if you are a resident or based out of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont.

3. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, even children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Boston.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

Make an appointment by clicking here

To use the system, the following configuration is required :
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- Mozilla 1.7.8 and higher
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
- Adobe Acrobat reader and higher
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If you cannot print your confirmation receipt, it is not a problem Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment.

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

4. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship.

15 days is the average processing time if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mali Mauritania Morocco
Niger Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Tunisia
Yemen United Arab Emirates Vietnam

Applications cannot been processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

5. Requirements

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.

1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

2. Processing fee

3. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

4. Two ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

5. If you are not an american citizen, a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document. (+ONE COPY)

6. Recent fully typed letter from your employer confirming which airport you are based out of..

7.Photocopy of your airport I.D. card.

8.Photocopy of your driver’s license

9. If you cannot pick up your visa by yourself, you can send to the French Consulate, a self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from all Postal Services (i.e: the US POST OFFICE, FEDEX, UPS, AIRBORNE EXPRESS etc.). You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`
Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:Please, don’t put
the French Consulate name
Your full name Your full name
Your address Your address

6. Validity of the visa

The visa issued will be valid for up to 5 years, according to the expiry date of your passport.

7. Important information

- 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.

- Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.

Dernière modification : 28/09/2016

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