Short stay visa for French overseas Departments and Regions (DROM) = Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Reunion, Mayotte, St Pierre et Miquelon)

1. Do you need a visa ?

First, note that the information listed below is only valid for holders of ordinary passports. If you hold a diplomatic, official, service or special passport, e-mail us at visas.miami-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr to check if you require a visa.

Exempt from visa requirements for the departments listed above are :

- nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland.

- nationals of the following countries :

Albania [1] Andorra Anguilla [2]
Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia [3]
Bahamas Bahrein [4] Barbados
Bermuda [5] Bielorussia [6] Bolivia
Bosnia [7] Brazil [8] Brunei
Canada Cayman Islands [9] Chile
China [10] Colombia [11] Costa Rica
Dominica [12] Ecuador [13] El Salvador
East Timor [14] Falkland Islands [15] Gibraltar [16]
Grenada [17] Guatemala Honduras
India [18] Israel Japan [19]
Kuwait [20] Macedonia [21] Malaysia
North Mariannes Mauritius Mexico [22]
Moldavia [23] Monaco Montenegro [24]
Mozambique [25] New Zealand Nicaragua
Oman [26] Palau [27] Panama
Paraguay Peru [28] Qatar [29]
Russia [30] Samoa [31] Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia [32] San Marino Holy See
Serbia [33] Seychelles Singapore [34]
South Africa [35] South Korea [36] Tonga [37]
Trinidad and Tobago [38] Turks & Caicos [39] Ukraine [40]
UAE [41] United States of America [42] Uruguay
Vanuatu [43] Venezuela [44]



- passengers on cruise ships are exempt from visa requirements to enter and stay in these territories for the duration of the stop if they are green card holders or if they hold a valid US resident visa.

However, please note that whatever your situation is, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your date of departure from the French territory and it must have been issued less than 10 years ago.

Moreover, regardless of whether or not you need a visa to enter French overseas departments or regions, you need to bring certain documents with you to be able to present them to the Border Police. See the section

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

No, you have to apply for a specific visa, allowing you to visit those territories.
If you intend to visit both France and one of these territories, you have to apply for two different visas.

3. How to make an appointment?

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

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 depends on your citizenship :

It can go from 48 to 36 hours for most nationalities up to 15 days if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bangladesh
Burma Egypt Guyana*
Haïti* Indonesia Iran
Iraq Jordan North Korea
Lebanon Libya Pakistan
Palestinians US Refugee travel doc Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Sudan Surinam*
Syria Yemen United Arab Emirates
Zimbabwe

* 7 days processing time

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

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 (in English, French, Spanish - filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations.

  4. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form (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 who are not resident of Caiman Islands, Bahamas or Turk & Caicos Islands. 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 letter from your school or university confirming your enrollment status, attendance and expected 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 (NOT simply a copy of your insurance card) stating that you have international medical coverage, emergency evacuation and repatriation.
    If your insurance company does not provide this letter, you will have to purchase an international traveler’s insurance such as TravelSafe, Seven Corners, Axa assistance, MEDEX, Europ Assistance, IMG, Travelex, Insuremytrip (minimum coverage amount of 50,000 US$)… and bring the letter with you.

  11. Proof of accomodation :
    • Confirmed hotel reservations for your entire stay
    • or, if you are staying with friends or 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 :
    • notarized copy of his (her) birth certificate
    • notarized authorization from the non traveling parent(s) allowing his child to travel to France.
    • if you are divorced : certified copy of divorce decree stating that you have full custody of the child(ren).
    • note : at least one legal guardian must be present at the time of the application

  13. In case that you do not want to pick up your passport in person, a self-addressed prepaid envelope from the US POST OFFICE (Express or Priority Mail) - FEDEX or UPS .


    Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:
Leave blank
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 visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter one territory.

Last update : 28/06/2011

[1only for bearers of a diplomatic or biometric passport and a visa cannot be granted to non-biometric passport holders

[2for Guadeloupe and Martinique : for holders of passports with the mention “British Overseas Territories citizen” or “British Dependent Territories Citizen” and “Anguilla” ; for St Martin : for all types of passport

[3this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM

[4only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entries visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[5for holders of passports with the mention “British Overseas Territories citizen” or “British Dependent Territories Citizen” and “Bermuda”

[6only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entries visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[7only for bearers of a diplomatic or biometric passport

[8this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM and is not valid for French Guyana

[9for Guadeloupe and Martinique : for holders of passports with the mention “British Overseas Territories citizen” or “British Dependent Territories Citizen” and “Cayman Islands”

[10for Reunion : only for stays of under 15 days, organized by a registered travel agency ; for all other territories : for bearers of a passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority; for SAR Hong Kong and SAR Macau, for passports delivered by Taïwan, that include an identity card number

[11except for St Barthelemy and St Martin

[12for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Saint Martin et Saint Barthélémy : for stays of under 15 days, with a maximum total of 120 days per every 12 months ; for Réunion, Mayotte and Saint Pierre et Miquelon : for all types of passport

[13only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane

[14only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Réunion, Mayotte & St-Pierre-et-Miquelon

[15only for bearers of passports with the mention « European Community » or « European Union » or « the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom “ or “the holder has the right of re-admission to the UK”

[16only for bearers of passports with the mention « European Community » or « European Union » or « the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom “ or “the holder has the right of re-admission to the UK”

[17only for Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte & Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

[18for all territories : only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority ; for Réunion : only for stays of under 15 days, organized by a registered travel agency

[19this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM

[20only for holders of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entries visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[21only for bearers of biometric passports

[22this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM

[23for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Réunion, Mayotte & St-Pierre-et-Miquelon

[24only for bearers of a biometric passport

[25for Reunion and Mayotte only

[26only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[27only for Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte & St-Pierre-et-Miquelon

[28only for Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique

[29only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[30only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[31only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Réunion, Mayotte & St-Pierre-et-Miquelon

[32for Réunion, Mayotte & St-Pierre-et-Miquelon : for all types of passport ; for all other territories : only for stays of under 15 days, with a maximum total of 120 days per every 12 months

[33only for bearers of a diplomatic or biometric passport unless issued by "Koordinaciona uprava"

[34this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM

[35for Reunion : for all types of passport, for all other territories : for holders of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entries visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[36this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM

[37only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte & St-Pierre et Miquelon

[38only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte & St-Pierre et Miquelon

[39for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Réunion & St-Pierre-et-Miquelon : for holders of passport bearing the mention “British Nationals (Overseas)” or “British Overseas Territories Citizens” or “British Overseas Citizens” or “British Protected Persons” or “British Subjects” ; for St Martin & St Barthelemy : for holders of passport bearing the mention “British Overseas Territories Citizen” or “British Dependent Territories Citizen”

[40only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[41for St Barthelemy and St Martin : only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority ; for all other territories : for all types of passport

[42this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM

[43only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Réunion & St-Pierre-et-Miquelon

[44this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM

Dernière modification : 30/11/2016

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