Short stay visa for tourism, business or family visit

You cannot apply more than 3 months prior to your departure date.

However, as slots are limited, it is strongly recommended to make an appointment as early as possible. Applicants should be aware that the visa department is busy all year long, with peaks from March to the end of September, and from mid-October to the end of December.

You MUST BOOK your airline ticket but do NOT PURCHASE it until the visa has been approved. At the time of your appointment, you must bring that airline reservation. Once the visa is approved, the presentation of the flight ticket (with the ticket number clearly referenced) will be required before issuance of the visa.

1. What is a "Schengen visa"?

A Schengen visa, also called "C" visa, is a short stay visa that is valid within the whole Schengen space. Please click here to find out what are the Schengen states..

This visa allows you to visit these 26 countries. It is issued for a maximum of 90 days per semester.Therefore, you don’t need to apply twice when you travel to 2 or more different Schengen countries.

2. Do you need a visa to visit France as a tourist?

YES , if you are a citizen of the following countries even if you hold a US Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") :

Afghanistan Albania [1] Algeria
Angola Armenia Azerbaidjan
Bahrein Bangladesh Belize
Benin Bhutan Belarus
Bolivia Bosnia [2] Botswana
Burkina Faso Burma Burundi
Cambodia Cameroon [3] Cape Verde
Central Africa Chad China
China - Hong Kong [4] China - Macao [5] China - Taiwan [6]
Comoros Congo D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre)
Cuba Djibouti Dominican Republic
Ecuador Egypt Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea Ethiopia Fiji
Gabon Gambia Georgia [7]
Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau
Guyana Haiti India
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Ivory Coast Jamaica Jordan
Kazakhstan Kenya Kirghizistan
Kiribati Kuweit Laos
Lebanon Lesotho Liberia
Libya Macedonia [8] Madagascar
Malawi Maldives Mali
Marshall Islands Mauritania Micronesia
Moldavia Mongolia Montenegro [9]
Morocco Mozambique Namibia
Nauru Nepal Niger
Nigeria North Korea Oman
Pakistan Palau Palestine
Papua Philippines Qatar
Refugees Russia Rwanda
Solomon Saudi Arabia Senegal
Serbia [10] Sierra Leone Somalia
South Africa Sri Lanka St Thomas
Sudan Surinam Swaziland
Syria Tadjikistan Tanzania
Thailand Togo Tonga
Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan
Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine
Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen
former Yugoslavia Zambia Zimbabwe

NO , if you hold a passport issued by a country NOT listed above, you do not need any visa to enter France for tourism, business or family visit.

However, if the purpose of your trip is NOT tourism, business or family visit then you may still be required to get a visa before your departure (please check with us at Note that not needing a visa for France does NOT necessarily mean that you do not need one to visit the other Schengen countries.

3. Where to apply for your Schengen visa ?

In order to know where you have to apply, please read carefully the following information.

a) You have to apply with a French Consulate, if :
- You wish to go only to France ;
- You wish to travel to several Schengen States, but France is the country where you are going to spend most of the time of your trip ;
- You wish to travel to several Schengen States, with no main destination (the duration of your stay is strictly equal in each country), but France is your first point of entry.

NOTE : If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country of your main destination or first point of entry, please note that you may require a visa for other Schengen countries you wish to visit. You should then apply with the Embassy or Consulate of the country which does require a visa.

The visa is issued only by a Consulate of France if Monaco is the main destination.

b) You can apply with the French Consulate in Atlanta only if you reside in one of the following states :

Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (please provide a copy of your driving license).

4. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.

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

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IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. You must enter a valid email address to make an appointment. An automatic email will be sent to you. You must bring this confirmation email.

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.

5. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship,from 15 to 21 days. All applicants are strongly advised to apply between one to three months before their departure. Extra care for appointments should be taken in the summer and winter months, as the planning may show up several weeks waiting time before finding a slot available. Your departure should never be planned before 3 full weeks after the day you will come at the visa section for your appointment. If you plan to leave earlier than 3 weeks after the day you have an appointment, you may need to reschedule your whole trip, if requested to come back to complete your supporting documentation.

6. Application requirements

Please provide us with the ORIGINIAL + 1 copy in black ink of each document per applicant including passport and relevant pages.
The visa section does not make copies. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

1. SHORT STAY VISA APPLICATION (1 form per applicant)

Completely and clearly filled out and signed. Indicate your home, cellphone numbers and email.


Original passport or travel document + copy of all relevant pages of your passport : identification, picture, signature page, date of expiration or extension, endorsement and amendment pages, visas issued. Please note that 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.

3. 2 RECENT INDENTICAL PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS (1,4 “ x 1,7” or 3,5 x 4,5 cm)

Taken facing the camera and showing face front forehead hairline and ears on a white background. The face must take 70-80% of the photograph. No side or angled view, no smiling, uncovered (head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown).

Photographs that will not meet the requirements above will be rejected, and applicants will need to schedule a new appointment (4 to 9 weeks of delay).


The French Consulate in Atlanta only accepts applicants who are residents from Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

You will have to show us at least one of the following documents :

  • Valid driver license or state ID or temporary DMV license/ID from one of these states
  • Valid student ID from a university located in our consulate’s jurisdiction
  • Original lease or rental agreement in the applicant’s name or a notarized statement from the owner or leaseholder located in the consulate’s jurisdiction
  • Copy of a utility bill not older than 3 months (water, electrity, resident phone, cable or rent slip


  • A valid U.S. permanent residence card GREEN CARD
  • Valid work or student U.S. visa
  • Valid I-20 or valid I-AP66, I797 form, visas…
    If needed, visa issued by the country prior to the Schengen state of final destination, and/or after the trip in the Schengen area.

Please note that we do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. These visa holders must apply in their country of residence.


Statement from your insurance company declaring that you will be covered outside the United States, for a coverage of at least $ 40.000, valid in Europe for medical emergencies, urgent care and repatriation expenses (+ 1 copy) (more information. Make sure that your insurance coverage letter will meet ALL the requirements and all information clearly shown (statements with "depending on the terms of the contract" or "generally, under the policies" for example are not sufficient). Insurance card by themselves are not sufficient. Full policies will not be studied. If you don’t succeed to get the required coverage letter from your insurance company, you may buy a specific insurance for the trip. Several insurance companies provide necessary health insurances for Schengen states

7. A LETTER PRESENTING YOUR TRIP summarizing all information about it

Provided on a separate printed sheet (days of travel with transportation information, destinations, addresses of stay) that will be checked with the supporting documentation and bookings of your trip.


You must book your airline or train ticket but do not purchase it until the visa has been issued (+ one copy).

If you intend to visit only one Schengen country other than France, you must apply at the Consulate of that specific country. If you intend to visit more than one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of the country of your main destination (where you will be staying the longest).

For a minor under the age of 18 year old :

  • If traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization signed by both parents or guardian.
  • If the minor travels with one parent, a notarized parental authorization signed by the second parent is required (+ one copy).
  • And for all minors traveling, one copy of birth certificate + if not in French or English, certified translation (certification usually made at the embassy or consulate in the US) + one copy of both parents passports.


  • For tourism :Hotel reservation, proof of registration with an organized tour (+ copy) for the duration of your stay within the Schengen area. It should always mention the address of the hotel, name of the guest, days of stay and cover your full trip in Europe. If staying in several locations, provide a hotel booking for each.
  • For business meetings : official business invitation letter from a company in France that should include : purpose of the stay, duration, location of the company and, if applicable, details about the hotel booking if the company in France took care of this for you (+ one copy). If the company in France did not prepare the booking of a hotel for your professional stay, you will be requested to provide a hotel booking under your name with address and days of stays, covering your whole trip in Europe.
  • For private visit (family or friends) : Proof of accommodation (+ one copy), letter of invitation, or “attestation d’accueil" (Your host in France must obtain a certified document at the City Hall of the town he is living on a permanent basis in France, by showing a proof of identity and 2 proofs of lodging : rental contract, and phone bill or power bill.)
    This document should also be presented as an original and a copy. Simple written letters of invitations from hosts in France will be declined.
  • For internship : the original of your "convention de stage" signed by the applicant and the French company and stamped by the Labor Department. The intern needs to bring a proof of accommodation for the complete duration of the stay in France (hotel reservation or lease or "attestation d’accueil").


Letter from your company stating continuing employment after the period of leave and your last 3 payslips (+ one copy of each document).

For unemployed spouses : marriage certificate + husband or wife’s ID + proof of employment of husband or wife, same as previously required

For self-employed : business registration.

11. PROOF OF FINANCIAL MEANS : 3 last months bank statements

Bank statements must be detailed and show the name of owner(s). An electronic print out update of each bank account, from the last statement up to the day of your appointment at the visa section, is also required. 130 dollars per day of stay are suggested. Bank accounts are subject to a detailed review. Any incoming or outgoing transaction may be subject to inquiries and information. Corporate bank account or companies financial guarantee for tourism or private visits will not be accepted.


To be paid in person on the day of the appointment (cash or money order ONLY).
Click here for a list of the application fees.
No checks, no credit card payment accepted.


Applicants have to provide a self-stamped pre-paid Priority Mail Express™ (overnight) envelope from the United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx or UPS with a tracking number.

Please fill out the mailing label with identical sender and receiver and your phone number (see above).

You may use one envelope per family. The Consulate General of France in Atlanta cannot be held responsible for loss and/or delays of mail leaving the consulate.

Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

Your full name
Your address

Your full name
Your address


REMARKS: Consular officers are Immigration officers and have full authority to appreciate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Note that the visa does not in itself grant you the right to enter a French territory. It is necessary that you carry all the original documents presented to obtain the visa with you at all times. Border authorities may request that you show them upon entry to France.

[1Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[2Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[3For Camerounese citizens willing to enter Germany, please note that you must present a valid Camerounese Identity card.

[4Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa.

[5Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa.

[6Except for ordinary Taiwanese passports which contains the identity card number of the holder. In this case, a short stay visa is not required.

[8Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[9Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[10Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

Last modified on 23/06/2017

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