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The U.S. Consulate in Bordeaux does not issue U.S. Visas: All visa questions and applications must be referred to U.S. Visas Services.

U.S. Consulate

The United States' first diplomatic station

In case of emergency concerning a U.S. citizen, please call the Embassy in Paris +33 1 43 12 22 22.  More information is available on the U.S. Citizens Services page.

The Consulate of the United States in Bordeaux builds greater understanding and friendship between the people of the United States and the people of Southwest France.

The two missions of U.S. Consulate Bordeaux are:

  1. To explain American policy, society and culture
  2. To support American business (by helping them to enter French market, information to French companies looking for American goods and services)

Part of our mission is to build bridges between French and American companies in main economic sectors such as:

  • Aeronautics and defense
  • Electronic components
  • Agriculture, food processing and wine
  • Chemicals and pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Tourism


U.S. representation in Bordeaux dates from March 1778 when France formally recognized the independence of the thirteen colonies on February 6, 1778. The Continental Congress appointed John Bondfield as a commercial agent. This was the first known American diplomatic station in the world. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin sailed back to America from Paris and Thomas Jefferson was commissioned as Minister of the United States to France.

In 1790, President George Washington commissioned Joseph Fenwick of Maryland as the first American consul to Bordeaux. “Fenwick House”, built by Victor Louis, also architect of the Grand Theatre, still stands on the quayside and is well-known in Bordeaux. The post was in continuous existence, except during the so-called Franco-American “cold war” of 1798-1800 and the Nazi WWII occupation of 1940-44. In 1962, it became a Consulate General.

It was closed in 1995 for budgetary reasons, in part because as U.S. visas were no longer required for French tourists and businessmen visiting the United States for less than three months. Bordeaux was reopened in 2000 as an American Presence Post (APP) when Ambassador Felix G. Rohatyn obtained Congressional approval. On October 1st, 2000, State Secretary Madeleine Albright presented to Mayor Alain Juppé, former Prime Minister, the Accreditation Letter of the first American Consul in Bordeaux, Joseph Fenwick, signed by President George Washington and then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.


Economic and commercial situation in Southwest France

As the world’s fifth largest economy, centrally located within the European Union, there is a strong competition for market share in all French industrial and service sectors. American exporters to France generally face more competition from European companies than from Asian ones. Positioned at the heart of the world’s largest market, France offers a favorable economic environment to potential exporters.

Commercial service in U.S. Consulate in Bordeaux

The Bordeaux Commercial Service, in charge of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, aims at developing commercial and economic links and exchanges between France and the United States.

Assistance to U.S. Companies

  • For those already in our district:
    Advocacy services / Commercial Networking
  • For those interested in our district:
    Identifying Investment Opportunities/Information clearinghouse

If you are interested in the Commercial Services of the U.S. Consulate in Bordeaux, please contact our Commercial Delegate:

Email: usabordeaux@state.gov
Tel : 33 (0) 1 43 12 48 65

Consular District

The Bordeaux consular district includes the Nouvelle-Aquitaine and former Midi-Pyrénées regions in southwestern France. The district contains France’s most famous prehistoric caves, many ancient forts and castles, exquisite churches, and most of France’s ultramodern military aerospace industry. The Basque Region, with its ancient language, is two hours south of Bordeaux toward the Spanish border. Other notable cities in the consular district are Toulouse, Bayonne, Pau, Limoges, La Rochelle, Angoulême and Poitiers.