Consular Services for Foreign Residents of France
Information on the services and assistance available, including the replacement of lost or stolen passports, for expats from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia from their embassies and consulates in France...
A foreign citizen living in France can contact the Consular section of their Embassy for help with a number of services. Consular offices manage the renewal and replacement of passports, registration of births and deaths, information and documentation relevant to marriage and other services. Citizens of the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and Australia living in France are particularly well catered to by the Consular sections of their Embassies.
The British Embassy of France has up-to-date news on matters relating to French-British relations, as well as issues of politics, health and safety and immigration.
The British Consulate provides services for Britons in France. The Consulate also has a Twitter channel which puts out regular feeds relevant to British nationals living in and visiting France.
Passport application and renewal
Passports applications for British nationals resident in France are managed by Her Majesty’s Passport Office. A passport may be renewed up to nine months before it expires. There is a fee due for the application process and for the return of the passport by courier. Renewal can be expected to take up to four weeks, while the issue of a "first-time" passport may take at least six weeks.
Application forms can be downloaded from the website; the correct form depends on the passport being applied for.
- Details on which passport to request and how to proceed when a travel document is needed urgently
- Find the correct application form
- Complete instructions for renewing a passport in France
- British Consulate Marseille
At: Atrium 10.3, Les Docks de Marseille – La Joliette, 13002 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 15 72 10
Fax: 04 91 37 47 06
Open: Monday to Friday from 09:30-12:00 and from 14:00-16:30
- British Consulate-General, Paris
At: 16 rue d’Anjou, 75008 Paris
Metro: Madeleine (line 8), Concorde (line 1) or Saint Augustin (line 9)
Postal address: British Embassy, BP111-08, 75363 Paris Cedex 08
Tel : 01 44 51 31 00
Fax: 01 44 51 31 27
Tel (after hours Emergency Service only): 01 44 51 31 00
Open to the public: Monday to Friday 9:30 to 12:30
- British Consulate Bordeaux
At: 353 Boulevard du President Wilson, 33073 Bordeaux Cedex
Tel: 05 57 22 21 10
Fax: 05 56 08 33 12
Open: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 09:00-12:30
- British Embassy
At: 35, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75383 Paris Cedex 08
Tel: 01 44 51 31 00
Fax: 01 44 51 31 09
Open: 09:30-13:00 and 14:30-18:00
Britons in France
The British Government website has a section for Britons working abroad. The information is not specific to France but provides useful facts relevant to moving, relocating with a family or retiring abroad. It includes information on tax, employment, and insurance.
The Embassy of Ireland in France offers services to Irish citizens, including the issuance of passports and documents related to citizenship, birth and marriage. The Embassy also certifies documents and provides assistance in the event of the loss or theft of passports, money or bankcards. It will also provide assistance in the event of a robbery or death involving an Irish national.
- Embassy of Ireland
At: 12 Avenue Foch, 75116 Paris
Tel: 01 44 17 67 00
Fax: 01 44 17 67 50
The Embassy of the United States in Paris has a website with up-to-date news on matters of relevance to American citizens in France.
The Consular section of the Embassy can provide detailed information on issues pertaining to US citizens living in France.
The services include:
- Passport renewals and replacement
- Registration of intended residence
- Registration of births, marriages, deaths
- Employment issues for the employer and employee
- Housing, vehicle buying, selling and registering
- How to vote in American elections and so on
- The US Embassy in Paris has more information
- US Consular General, Marseille
At: Place Varian Fry, 13286 Marseille, Cedex 6
Postal address within the USA: PSC 116 (MAR), APO AE 09777
Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-12:30, 13:30-17:00
Tel: 04 91 54 92 00
Fax: 04 91 55 09 47
- Embassy of the United States, Paris
At: 2 avenue Gabriel, 75382 Paris Cedex 08
Tel: 01 43 12 22 22
Fax: 01 42 66 97 83
The Embassy of France in the United States is a rich resource of relevant information for Americans planning a visit or move to France. It includes information and guidelines on living, working and driving in France, the metric system, marriage in France and more:
U.S. citizens living overseas are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Federal Elections.
The website of the Canadian Embassy in France has some very useful checklists and notes on all aspects of moving to and living in France.
- Embassy of Canada, Paris Consular Services
At: 35, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt or Alma-Marceau
Tel: 01 44 43 29 02
Fax: 01 44 43 29 86
Tel (after hours Emergency Service only): 01 44 43 29 00
Open to the public: Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:00
Australian citizens in France may obtain some advice and assistance from the Australian Embassy. The Embassy is responsible for renewal and replacement of passports.
- Australian Embassy
At: 4, rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
Metro: Bir-Hakeim (Line 6)
Tel: 01 40 59 33 00
Fax: 01 40 59 33 10
Open to the public: Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00