Visa policy of the French overseas departments and territories

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Whereas France is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Area, the overseas departments and territories of France are not part of the Schengen area and apply their own visa restrictions. Those policies are generally similar to those adopted according to the Schengen acquis.[1]

Overseas departments:


Overseas territories:

Visa exemptions[edit]

Nationals of the following countries can enter and reside for an unlimited period without a visa in the French overseas departments and territories:[1][2][3][4][5]

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland travelling directly between metropolitan France and a French overseas department/collectivity can use their national identity card instead of their passport as a travel document. In practice, the only French overseas departments/collectivities which can be reached directly by plane from metropolitan France are French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte and Réunion.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

For short stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period, visa-free entry is granted to nationals of the following countries and territories:[1][2][3][4][5]

1. With biometric passport.
2. For French Guiana, Brazilian citizens must obtain a visa in advance, unless they are local residents of Oiapoque who are holders of a special card authorising cross-border travel (in which case they can visit Saint-Georges-de-l'Oyapock only visa-free for up to 72 hours) or are members of the emergency services.
3. Except for New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.
4. With passport bearing identity card number.

In addition, this exemption applies to:

Additional exemptions for specific territories[edit]

For some of the overseas departments and territories in the Americas and Africa:[1][2][3]

1. Visa-free entry of up to 15 days for each short stay, for trips organized by an approved travel agency.
2. For Réunion.
3. Visa-free entry of up to 15 days for each short stay, as long as the visa-free short stays do not total more than 120 days over a 12-month period.
4. For French Guiana.
5. For Guadeloupe and Martinique.
6. For Saint Martin.
7. For Saint Barthélemy.
8. For Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

For the overseas territories in Oceania (New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna and French Polynesia):[1][4]

1. Visa-free entry of up to 15 days for each short stay, for trips organized by an approved travel agency.
2. Only for French Polynesia.
3. Only for New Caledonia.

Summary of short-stay visa exemptions[edit]

Country or territory France (Schengen) Guadeloupe and Martinique Saint Martin Saint Barthélemy French Guiana Saint Pierre and Miquelon Réunion Mayotte New Caledonia Wallis and Futuna French Polynesia
 EU/EFTA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Schengen 'Annex II'[Note 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Brazil Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Moldova Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
 Dominica Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
 Saint Lucia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
 Grenada Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
 Trinidad and Tobago Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
 Samoa Yes No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 East Timor Yes No No No No No No No No No No
 United Arab Emirates Yes No No No No No No No No No No
 Vanuatu Yes No No No No No No No No No No
 Bermuda Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
 Montserrat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
 British Virgin Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No
 Turks and Caicos Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No
 Anguilla Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No
 Cayman Islands Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
 Bolivia No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Ecuador No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
 Peru No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
 South Africa No No No No No No Yes No No No No
 China No No No No No No organized trips No No No organized trips
 India No No No No No No organized trips No No No No
 Papua New Guinea No No No No No No No No Yes No No
 Kiribati No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Marshall Islands No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Micronesia No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Nauru No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Palau No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Solomon Islands No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Tonga No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Tuvalu No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
  1. ^ Except Brazil, Dominica, East Timor, Grenada, Moldova, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Greandines, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu. All types of British nationals may travel without a visa to France; British citizens, British Nationals (Overseas) and British subjects with right of abode in the United Kingdom may also travel without a visa to all French territories; citizens of some British overseas territories may also travel without a visa to some French territories, as detailed in the table.

Obtaining a visa[edit]

Foreign nationals who require a visa for a French overseas department or territory can obtain one by lodging an application at a French embassy or consulate in their country of residence (or, in the case of foreign nationals already in metropolitan France, the local prefecture)[12] for a fee of €9 to €60 (depending on the destination and length of stay).[13]

Note that a Schengen short stay visa ('C visa') is not valid for the French overseas departments and territories, and vice versa.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Foreigners holding a normal passport exempt from a visa obligation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, October 2013. (French)
  2. ^ a b c Ruling of June 27, 2014 modifying the ruling of July 26, 2011, regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion and the collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Légifrance, June 27, 2014. (French)
  3. ^ a b c Ruling of June 27, 2014 modifying the ruling of April 18, 2012, regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of the collectivities of Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin, Légifrance, June 27, 2014. (French)
  4. ^ a b c Ruling of June 27, 2014 modifying the ruling of December 29, 2011, regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of French Polynesia, Légifrance, June 27, 2014. (French)
  5. ^ a b Ruling of February 4, 2015 regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of Mayotte, Légifrance, February 4, 2015. (French)
  6. ^ http://www.guyane.cci.fr/fr/aeroport/informations_pratiques
  7. ^ http://www.guadeloupe.aeroport.fr/guide-du-voyageur/formalites-police-et-douanes.php#formalites-de-police
  8. ^ http://www.aeroport-mayotte.com/gp/Documents-et-Formalites/89
  9. ^ http://www.martinique.aeroport.fr/Formalites.asp
  10. ^ http://www.reunion.aeroport.fr/index.php?id=88
  11. ^ http://www.aeroport-mayotte.com/gp/Documents-et-Formalites/89
  12. ^ http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/particuliers/F10610.xhtml
  13. ^ France Diplomatie: Entry and stay visas: Application fees

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