Visa policies of the French overseas departments and territories

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Visa policy of the French overseas departments and territories
Visa-free access to:
  All territories, unlimited period
  All territories, up to 3 months
  All territories; most up to 3 months, one up to 15 days on organized trips
  All territories; some up to 3 months, some up to 15 days
  Most territories, up to 3 months
  Some territories, up to 3 months
  Some territories, up to 15 days on organized trips
French Polynesia entry stamp
Guadeloupe entry stamp
Martinique entry stamp
New Caledonia entry stamp
Saint Barthélemy entry stamp
Saint Pierre and Miquelon entry stamp

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 policies. These policies are generally similar to those adopted according to the Schengen acquis, with some additional exemptions or restrictions.

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. They may use their national identity card instead of their passport as a travel document.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

For stays of up to 3 months in a 6-month period, visa-free entry is granted to nationals of the following countries and territories (except as otherwise noted):[1][2][3][4][5][6]

1. With biometric passport.
2. For French Guiana, Brazilian citizens may enter without a visa only in the following cases: up to 15 days for trips organized by an approved travel agency; up to 3 days when in transit to France (including all territories) or Brazil; 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 members of the emergency services.
3. Except for Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin.
4. For French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin, visa-free entry of up to 15 days for each stay, as long as the visa-free short stays do not total more than 120 days over a 12-month period.
5. Except with passport issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate.
6. With passport bearing identity card number.

In addition, this exemption applies to:

1. For Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin, only British Nationals (Overseas) and British subjects with right of abode in the United Kingdom.
  • European Union Holders of a valid long-term visa or residence permit issued by France or another Schengen country

Also, holders of a multiple-entry visa issued by a French consular authority valid for 6 months to 5 years are exempt from obtaining a short-stay visa for another French territory, only if they are nationals of the following countries: Bahrain, Belarus, China, India, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates.

Additional exemptions for specific territories[edit]

For specific territories, nationals of the following countries are also granted visa-free stays of up to 3 months in a 6-month period (except as otherwise noted).

For French Guiana, Guadeloupe and Martinique:[1]

For Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin:[2]

1. Only for Saint Martin.
Note: As British nationals, British Overseas Territories citizens are also granted visa-free entry to all other French territories.

For Saint Pierre and Miquelon:[1]

  • Canada Holders of a Canadian identification document (e.g. a driver's licence or student card), of any nationality, traveling directly from Canada; passport also not required

For Réunion:[1]

1. Visa-free entry of up to 15 days for each stay, for trips organized by an approved travel agency.

For Mayotte:[3]

For the overseas territories in Oceania (New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia):[4][5][6]

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

Summary of short-stay visa exemptions[edit]

Country or territory France (Schengen) French Guiana Guadeloupe and Martinique Réunion Mayotte Saint Pierre and Miquelon Wallis and Futuna French Polynesia New Caledonia Saint Martin Saint Barthélemy
 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 organized trips or in transit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Bermuda Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Montserrat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Turks and Caicos Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 British Virgin Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Anguilla Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
United Kingdom other British nationals Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Colombia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 East Timor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Grenada Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Palau Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Samoa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Tonga Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Trinidad and Tobago Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 United Arab Emirates Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Vanuatu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
 Georgia Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No
 Peru Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No
 Kiribati Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
 Marshall Islands Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
 Micronesia Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
 Solomon Islands Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
 Tuvalu Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
 Ukraine Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No
 Bolivia No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Ecuador No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No
 Fiji No No No No No No No No Yes No No
 Mozambique No No No Yes Yes No No No No No No
 Nauru No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
 Papua New Guinea No No No No No No No No Yes No No
 South Africa No No No Yes No No No No No No No
 China No No No organized trips No No No organized trips organized trips No No
 India No No No organized trips No No No No No No No
  1. ^ Except Brazil, Colombia, East Timor, Georgia, Grenada, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Greandines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, and British nationals who are not EU citizens or British Nationals (Overseas).

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)[7] for a fee of up to €99 (depending on the destination, length of stay, and age of applicant).[8]

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

Visitor statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ruling of 26 July 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, consolidated version of 19 September 2018. (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Ruling of 18 April 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, consolidated version of 19 September 2018. (in French)
  3. ^ a b c Ruling of 4 February 2015 regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of Mayotte, Légifrance, consolidated version of 19 September 2018. (in French)
  4. ^ a b c Ruling of 22 July 2011 regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of New Caledonia, Légifrance, consolidated version of 19 September 2018. (in French)
  5. ^ a b c Ruling of 26 July 2011 regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of Wallis and Futuna, Légifrance, consolidated version of 19 September 2018. (in French)
  6. ^ a b c Ruling of 29 December 2011 regarding the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territory of French Polynesia, Légifrance, consolidated version of 19 September 2018. (in French)
  7. ^ "Voyage en outre-mer : de quel visa a besoin un étranger ?". service-public.fr. 
  8. ^ Visa fees, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. (in French)
  9. ^ "Données détaillées". www.ispf.pf. 
  10. ^ "Touristes selon le lieu de résidence". isee.nc.