Short stay visa for diplomatic or official passport holders

You may apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta if you are a resident in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (please provide a copy of your driving license).

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

YES, except if you are a citizen from Switzerland, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, the European economic area or from the following countries:

Argentina Armenia [1] Australia Azerbaijan [2]
Benin [3] Bolivia Brazil [4] Brunei
Canada Chili Costa Rica Croatia
Gabon [5] Georgia [6] Guatemala Honduras
Israel [7] Japan Kazakhstan [8] Macedonia [9]
Malaisia Mexico Morocco [10] New Zealand
Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru
Salvador Saudi Arabia [11] Senegal [12] Singapour
South Africa Thailand [13] Tunisia [14] Turkey
Uruguay Venezuela [15]

American official and diplomatic passport holders are required to apply for a short stay visa if they travel in France for official purposes or missions.

2. 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 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. 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 can be processed up to 3 months from your departure date.

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.

- 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.

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

PDF - 87 kb
Short Stay Visa Application
(PDF - 87 ko) (PDF - 87 kb)

- Two (2) recent ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth taken less than 90 days ago)

- Proof of U.S. status 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.

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

- A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from FEDEX and UPS. You may use one envelope per family. The Consulate General of France in Atlanta cannot be held responsible for loss 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


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.

[1Diplomatic passports only

[2Diplomatic passports only

[3Diplomatic passports only and except for French overseas department and territories (DOM-TOM)

[4Diplomatic passports only

[5Diplomatic passports only

[6Diplomatic passports only

[7Diplomatic passports only and except for French overseas department and territories (DOM-TOM)

[8Diplomatic passports only

[9Diplomatic passports only

[10Diplomatic passports only

[11Diplomatic passports only

[12Diplomatic passports only

[13Diplomatic passports only

[14Diplomatic passports only

[15except for French overseas territories (TOM)

Last modified on 21/09/2016

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