Short stay visa for yacht and cruise crew members

1. What is a "Schengen visa" ?

A Schengen visa, also called "C" visa, is a short stay visa (up to 90 days by semester) valid for the 25 States member of the Schengen agreement :

Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Estonia
Finland France Germany Greece Hungary
Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Malta The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland

Therefore, you don’t need to apply twice when you travel to 2 or more different Schengen countries.

  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of that specific country.

  • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the Consulate of the country of your main destination, or the country where you will be staying the longest.

  • If you intend to visit several Schengen for the same amount of time, you must apply at the Consulate of your first entry.

  • If France is NOT your main destination (destination where you will stay the longest, or country of first entry if you are spending the same amount of time in several Schengen countries), your visa application will not be received at the French Consulate.

Duration of stay : you may stay up to 90 days in the "Schengen space" with such a visa.

2. Do you need a visa to visit France ?

  • 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 Dominica
Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt
Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia
Fiji Gabon Gambia
Georgia Ghana Grenada
Guinea Guinea Bissau Guyana
Haiti India Indonesia
Iran Iraq Ivory Coast
Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan
Kenya Kirghizistan Kiribati
Kuweit Laos Lebanon
Lesotho Liberia Libya
Macedonia [7] Madagascar Malawi
Maldives Mali Marshall Islands
Mauritania Micronesia Moldavia
Mongolia Montenegro [8] Morocco
Mozambique Namibia Nauru
Nepal Niger Nigeria
North Korea Oman Pakistan
Palau Palestine Papua
Philippines Qatar Refugees
Russia Rwanda Solomon
Samoa Saudi Arabia Senegal
Serbia [9] Sierra Leone Somalia
South Africa Sri Lanka St Lucia
St Thomas St Vincent Sudan
Surinam Swaziland Syria
Tadjikistan Tanzania Thailand
Togo Tonga Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan
Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine [10]
United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vanuatu
Vietnam Yemen Zambia
Zimbabwe - -

  • NO, if you hold a passport issued by a country NOT listed above, you do not need any visa to enter France
However, please note that whatever your situation is, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your date of departure from the Schengen area and it must have been issued less than 10 years ago.

Moreover, regardless of whether or not you need a visa to enter France, French territories or the Schengen area, you need to bring certain documents with you to be able to present them to the Border Police. See the section

3. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Miami.

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

Make an appointment by clicking here

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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 .

Applicants who arrive late at the Consulate, or without all the required documents will be turned away.

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 (originales and copies) when coming to the Consulate General.

4. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship :

It can go from 1 week hours for most nationalities up to 15 days if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan - North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar - US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Yemen
United Arab Emirates Vietnam Zimbabwe

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

5. 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.

As an exception to the competency rule of visa, boat crew members are
authorized to apply for a visa at the french consulate in Miami
not being a resident of the USA only (i.e. on a B1/B2 status) in the case that :

- their boat is moored on floridian port
- their visa will be used on professional purpose only

  1. 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.

  2. Processing fee

  3. One application form (in English, French, Spanish - filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations.

  4. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

  5. Proof of socio-professional status :
    • Working contract + copy
    • Seaman Book + copy

  6. boat registration

  7. Boat itinerary

  8. Crew member list

  9. In case that you do not want to pick up your passport in person, a self-addressed prepaid envelope from the US POST OFFICE (Express or Priority Mail) - FEDEX or UPS .

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

Your full name
Your address

6. 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.

[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.

[7Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[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 14/07/2017

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