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U.S. Passport Validity for Travel to France

Travel to European Countries in the Schengen Area

Check the expiration date on your passport carefully before traveling to Europe.  Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires that your passport be valid for at least three months beyond your intended date of departure.  Read more...

Embassy Security

  • Embassy Security

    Security at the Embassy:

    Many items are strictly forbidden on the Embassy grounds.  No food or drinks allowed. Electronic items (anything with a power plug or battery), large bags, suitcases and luggage are prohibited: there are no storage facilities on Embassy grounds.  Service animals with documentation are allowed entry. Applicants who do not follow these instructions will experience considerable delays at the security check point which could result in the cancellation of the appointment.

    Applicants Only:  Only persons seeking consular services  who have made an online appointment will be admitted to the Embassy.   All requests to add names of persons for appointments (witnesses, persons accompanying a disabled person etc.) must be entered on the online appointment form.  For all enquiries please refer to our contact page.

Contact Us

  • Contact passport unit

    Passport questions? You can contact us by email.  This mailbox is being monitored during office hours only. 

Which Passport Should I Use?

  • Which passport should I use?

    Important Notice: Section 215 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) requires all American citizens to use their U.S. passports when entering or leaving the United States.

    American citizens may not enter/leave the U.S. on an French/foreign passport. This applies to children as well as adults. Read more...