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Emergency Services

Emergency Services

The numbers below are provided for U.S. citizens who are distressed and require emergency services such as assistance with the death, arrest, illness, abduction in process, or injury of an American citizen.

Routine services such as passport renewals, reports of birth abroad, and notarials are not considered emergencies and are processed during regular business hours. For additional resources, please refer to the information below:

Emergency Resources


  • In France dial [then dial 9 (nine) when you hear the automated greeting].
  • If you are calling from the U.S., please dial [then 9 (nine)].

Note: Time difference between Washington D.C. and Paris is + 6 hours.

Email: with EMERGENCY + (brief description) in the subject line.  Please note that this mailbox is monitored during working hours only.  For after-hours emergency assistance, please contact the embassy's switchboard at the number listed above.

See also Emergency Passport Services.

Get Help in an Emergency

Lost Your Passport?

  • Although the loss of a U.S. passport can be inconvenient, it is not a life or death emergency for which we can provide after-hours service.  We want to help you replace your passport as soon as possible during our weekday business hours. Please see our Lost/Stolen Passports page.

Out of Money?

  • Running out of financial resources while traveling abroad can be an emergency.  Outside of office hours, we can help you connect with family and friends on the homefront who can help out by transferring money to you wherever you are.  Visit this website page to learn about receiving money in France.