Short stay visa for diplomatic or official passport holders


Last update: 05/31/2013

1. As a diplomatic or official passport holder, do you need a short stay visa?
2. How to make an appointment ?
3. Processing time
4. Requirements
5. Important information



1. As a diplomatic or official passport holder, do you need a short stay visa?


YES, if you are a citizen of the following countries:

Afghanistan Algeria [1] Angola
Armenia [2] Azerbaidjan [3] Bahrein [4]
Bangladesh Belarus Belize
Benin [5] Bhutan Bosnia [6]
Botswana Burkina Faso Burma
Burundi Cambodia Cameroon
Cape Verde Central Africa Chad
China Comoros [7] Congo
D.R. Congo Cuba Djibouti
Dominica East Timor Egypt
Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia
Fiji Gambia Georgia [8]
Ghana Grenada Guinea
Guinea Bissau Guyana Haiti
India Indonesia Iran
Iraq Ivory Coast Jamaica
Jordan [9] Kazakhstan [10] Kenya
Kirghizistan Kiribati Kosovo
Kuweit Laos Lebanon
Lesotho Liberia Libya
Macedonia [11] Madagascar Malawi
Maldives Mali Marshall Islands
Mauritania Micronesia Moldavia [12]
Mongolia Montenegro [13] Morocco [14]
Mozambique Namibia [15] Nauru
Nepal Niger Nigeria
North Korea Pakistan Palau
Palestine Papua Philippines
Russia [16] Rwanda St Vincent
Samoa St Lucia St Thomas
Saudi Arabia [17] Senegal [18] Serbia [19]
Sierra Leone Solomon Somalia
South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan
Surinam Swaziland Syria
Tadjikistan Tanzania Thailand [20]
Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago
Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganga
Ukraine [21] U.S.A. [22] Uzbekistan
Vanuatu Vietnam [23] Yemen
Zambia Zimbabwe



Please note that not needing a visa for France does NOT mean that you do not need one to visit other Schengen countries.


2. How to make an appointment?


For security reasons, all applicants, except 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

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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.



3. Processing time


For US official and diplomatic passport, the processing time can take up to one week.
For any other official or diplomatic passport, depending on the nationality, the processing time can take up to 15 days.

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


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

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

4. If you are not a US citizen, a copy of a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card"), a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document. (+ONE COPY)
We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. They must apply in their country of residence.

5. Verbal note from your Embassy or the US Department of State.

6. 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.).
Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

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




5. 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.


[1Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[2Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[3Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[4Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic or special passport holders do not require a visa.

[5Only for diplomatic and official passport holders. Machine readable diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa.

[6Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[7Only for diplomatic and official passport holders. Machine readable diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa.

[8Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[9Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[10Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[11Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[12Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[13Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[14Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[15Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[16Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[17Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[18Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[19Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[20Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[21Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

[22Only when travelling on an official visit.

[23Only for official passport holders. Diplomatic passport holders do not require a visa

Dernière modification : 29/09/2016

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