Attention: U.S embassies and consulates are currently experiencing technical difficulties that may result in delays in visa and passport processing and receiving and sending communications.
Additionally, applicants who have interviews for student exchange visitor (F/M/J) visas scheduled for this week should bring proof of payment of the SEVIS fee.
U.S citizens may also experience delays in sending and receiving communications. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should call the Embassy at 01.43.12.22.22.
Worldwide Caution Security Information
The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated April 10, 2014. Read more...
U.S. Citizen Services
You should have at least six months’ passport validity prior to the expiration date whenever you travel to France.
If your passport does not meet the Schengen requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. You could also be denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area.
U.S. Citizen Services Outside of Paris
Closure of American Citizen Services in Lyon
Effective October 1, 2014, American Presence Post (APP) in Lyon will no longer accept applications for U.S. passports and birth registrations, Social Security numbers and other federal benefits, or provide notarial services.
As of September 30, 2014, all U.S. passport applications, reports of birth abroad applications and notarial services must be scheduled at either the U.S. Embassy in Paris or the U.S. Consulate General in Marseille.
Voting in 2014
- For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials by October 6. See Voter Registation
Get Help in an Emergency
Emergency services 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.