Short stay visa for Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Reunion


Last update: 06/07/2013

1. Do you need a visa for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, St Barthelemy, French Guiana, Reunion ?
2. Is a Schengen visa valid for French Overseas Department ?
3. How to make an appointment ?
4. Processing time
5. Requirements
6. Important information



1. Do you need a visa for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, St Barthelemy, French Guiana, Reunion ?



- YES, if you are a citizen of the following countries even if you hold a US Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") :

Afghanistan Albania [1] Algeria
Azerbaidjan Angola Armenia
Bahrein Bangladesh Belize
Benin Bhutan Bielorussia
Bosnia [2] Botswana Brazil [3]
Burkina Faso Burma Burundi
Cambodia Cameroon Cape Verde
Central Africa Chad China
China - Hong Kong [4] China - Macao [5] China - Taiwan [6]
Colombia Comoros Congo
D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre) Cuba Djibouti
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Ethiopia Fiji Gabon
Gambia Georgia Ghana
Grenada Guinea Guinea Bissau
Guyana Haiti India
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Israel Ivory Coast Jamaica
Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya
Kirghizistan Kiribati Kuweit
Laos Lebanon Lesotho
Liberia Libya Macedonia [7]
Madagascar Malawi Maldives
Mali Marshall Islands Mauritania
Mauritius [8] Micronesia Moldavia
Mongolia Montenegro [9] Morocco
Mozambique Namibia Nauru
Nepal Niger Nigeria
North Korea Oman Pakistan
Palau Palestinia Papua
Peru Philippines Qatar
Refugees Russia Rwanda
Solomon Samoa Saudi Arabia
Senegal Serbia [10] Seychelles [11]
Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa
Sri Lanka St Kitts St Lucia [12]
St Thomas St Vincent Sudan
Suriname Swaziland Syria
Tadjikistan Tanzania Thailand
Togo Tonga Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan
Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine
United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vanuatu
Vietnam Yemen Former Yugoslavia
Zambia Zimbabwe



Citizens from the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean countries, please contact us to double-check.
Diplomatic and official passport holders, please contact us.


- NO, if you are an American citizen or hold a passport issued by a country NOT listed above, you do not need any visa to enter a French Overseas Department as a tourist.

However, if the purpose of your trip is NOT tourism, then you may still be required to get a visa before your departure (please check with us).



2. Is a Schengen visa valid for French Overseas Department ?


No, you have to apply for a specific visa, allowing you to visit these territories. If you intend to visit both France and one of these territories, you have to apply for a visa "Schengen + this territory"

Examples :
- You are traveling directly from the USA to Martinique without going through Europe : you have to apply for a visa "Martinique".
- You are traveling from the USA to Guadeloupe and Martinique without going through Europe : you have to apply for a visa "Guadeloupe + Martinique".
- You are traveling from the USA to Guadeloupe flying through Europe : you have to apply for 2 visa "Schengen" + "Guadeloupe".


3. How to make an appointment?


For security reasons, all applicants, even children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Boston.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

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If you cannot print your confirmation receipt, it is not a problem Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment.

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.



4. Processing time


Processing time may take about 21 days or longer. Please check with us, mentioning your citizenship.

If you are applying for a visa "Schengen + territory" : please refer to the article Schengen Short stay visa to know about the processing time.


Applications can be processed up to 3 months from your departure date.



5. Requirements


Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.



1. Original passport or travel document (+ one copy of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

2. Processing fee.

3. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

4. Two ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth).

5. A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document. We do not accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. They must apply in their country of residence.

6. If the country of final destination is not the applicant’s country of citizenship, please submit a valid visa, a resident permit, a work permit or any other document showing that the applicant is allowed to enter or reside in such country.

7. Proof of socio-professional status :

  • letter of employment in the U.S confirming your salary, hire date, position and dates of vacation (business registration if self employed)
  • and your last 2 paystubs.
  • Or, a letter from your school or university confirming your enrollment status, attendance and anticipated graduation date

8. Proof of financial means : your last 2 bank statements.

9. Your travel itinerary : you MUST BOOK your airline ticket but do not purchase until the visa has been approved.

10. Proof of medical coverage abroad :

  • a letter from your insurance company stating that you are covered abroad
  • or a travel insurance to be purchased from a travel agency (minimum amount of 45,000 US$). You can do so by calling Travelex at 1-800 228 9792 or InsureMyTrip at 1-800-487 4722.

    11. Proof of accomodation :

  • Confirmed hotel reservations for your entire stay in the Schengen states or a letter from your travel agent stating that you are part of a tour.
  • or, if you are staying with friends and family, original of "Attestation d’Accueil" that your host has to request at the City Hall (Mairie) in France
  • For a business trip: please also provide a letter from your employer in the US or from your host company in France stating that you are in France on behalf of the company, giving the name and address of the contact person(s) in France and guaranteeing full responsibility for expenses, lodging, and return to the United States


  • 12. If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling without his parents: notarized copy of his (her) birth certificate; notarized authorization from both parents allowing their child to travel to France or from the parent exercising full custody of the child according to the divorce decree. If you are divorced : certified copy of divorce decree stating that you have full custody of the child(ren).

    13. If you cannot pick up your visa by yourself, you can send to the French Consulate, a self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from all Postal Services (i.e: the US POST OFFICE, FEDEX, UPS, AIRBORNE EXPRESS etc.). You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`
    Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

    FROM: Please, don’t put
    the French Consulate name
    Your full name
    Your address
    TO:
    Your full name
    Your address




    6. Important information



    - The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.

    - Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.

    - Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.


    [1Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

    [2Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa

    [3Except for St Martin and St Barthelemy.

    [4Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa.

    [5Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa.

    [6Except for ordinary Taiwanese passports which contains the identity card number of the holder. In this case, a short stay visa is not required.

    [7Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

    [8Except for Reunion if less than 15 days stay.

    [9Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

    [10Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

    [11Except for Reunion if less than 15 days stay.

    [12Except for French West Indies if less than 15 days stay.

    Dernière modification : 06/06/2014

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