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ESTA FORM – ONLINE ESTA APPLICATION FOR FRENCH NATIONALS

The ESTA form system allows citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to apply for a US travel authorization. The VWP allows travelers who hold an approved ESTA to visit the United States for tourism, business, medical or short-term study programs for up to 90 days. ESTA is not a US visa. If you are a French citizen and your ESTA form is not approved, you are required to apply for a B-1 or a B-2 visa at the US Embassy.

France is one of the oldest allies of the United States, and Paris has been a popular destination for American expatriates for many years. France joined the VWP in October 1989, together with other European countries. It has become easier for French nationals to visit the United States by joining the VWP. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was introduced in 2008 and became mandatory in 2009, and it is still a requirement today for French nationals. The ESTA application system allows travelers to apply electronically instead of visiting the embassy (or consulate) to apply for a visa. Between October 2013 and October 2014, 1,940,779 French nationals visited the United States using the Visa Waiver Program.

French passport holders who are planning to travel to the USA may complete the ESTA form. The ESTA form-processing time may take up to 72 hours. It is recommended to complete the form online at least 72 hours before departure. Confirmed applications are valid for two years, and travelers must fly with a signatory carrier. Air France is a well-known signatory carrier.


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Signatory Carriers for travelling to USA under the VWP


Airlines

Airlines (Signatory Carriers) in France:

  • Air Caraibes
  • Air France
  • Compagnie Aerienne Inter Regional Express
  • Corseair International
  • La Compagnie
  • Open Skies
  • Transavia Airlines
  • Twinjet Aircraft Sales Limited
  • XL Airways France
  • Compagnie Francaise de Transports Aeriens

Cruise

French Cruises (Signatory Carriers):

  • Compagnie Francaise de Croisier
  • Compagnie des Iles du Ponant

General Information


The US Embassy and Consulates in France:

  • The US Embassy in France is located in Paris. The US Consulates are located in Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse.
  • Website: https://fr.usembassy.gov/
  • The US Embassy and Consulates in France offer services for both American and French citizens.
  • The US Embassy in Paris was USA’s first diplomatic mission.

French passports:

  • All French passport holders are eligible for ESTA. The passports are required to be machine-readable (e-passport). It is recommended that all French passports are valid for at least 6 months prior to departing for the USA.

 

 VWC  

Visa Waiver Countries

Andorra
Hungary
Iceland
Austria
Ireland
San Marino
Belgium
Brunei
Slovakia
Chile
Latvia
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Liechtenstein
South Korea
Lithuania
Estonia
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Taiwan
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Greece