Visa policies of Overseas France

Visa policy of Overseas France
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
French Guiana exit stamp

Although the European portion of France is part of the Schengen Area, its overseas departments, collectivities and other territories apply their own visa policies, which have some additional exemptions or restrictions compared to the visa policy of the Schengen Area.

Overseas departments
and regions
Overseas
collectivities
Special
status
Overseas territories
(no permanent population)
State public domain
(uninhabited)
French Guiana[a]
Guadeloupe
Martinique[a]
Mayotte[a]
Réunion
French Polynesia
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Wallis and Futuna
New Caledonia French Southern
and Antarctic Lands
Clipperton Island
  1. ^ a b c Single territorial collectivity with the competences of a department and a region.

Visa exemptionsEdit

Nationals of the following countries can enter and reside for an unlimited period without a visa in Overseas France. They may use their national identity card instead of their passport as a travel document as long as they travel directly. A passport, however, is mostly necessary because most flights from Europe connect through a foreign territory, e.g. the Paris-Papeete flights stop over in Los Angeles, which does necessarily require a USA travel authorisation. A notable exeption was the Air Tahit Nui TN64 flight on the 15th of March 2020, which flew directly to Paris from Papeete as it was not allowed to stop over in Los Angeles due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In theory, European passengers on this flight could have had taken it without a passport, but that was only an exception. [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. ^ a b c d e f 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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Except for Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin.
  4. ^ a b 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.
  7. ^ For Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin, only British Nationals (Overseas) and British Overseas Territories citizens of Anguilla (only for Saint Martin), Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands. For other territories, British citizens connected only to the Crown dependencies, British subjects without right of abode in the United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories citizens other than of Gibraltar, British Nationals (Overseas), British Overseas citizens, and British protected persons.

This exemption also applies to:

  • Holders of a long-stay visa or residence permit issued by France or another Schengen country
  • Nationals of the following countries holding a multiple-entry visa issued by France with validity between 6 months and 5 years:

Additional exemptions for specific territoriesEdit

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 Martin:[2]

  • Travelers of any nationality coming directly from Sint Maarten (open border)

For Saint Pierre and Miquelon:[1]

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

For Mayotte:[3]

For New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and 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. ^ a b c d e Only for New Caledonia.
  3. ^ a b With biometric passport.

Summary of short-stay visa exemptionsEdit

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 single market Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Schengen 'Annex II'[a] 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
  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 without freedom of movement other than British Nationals (Overseas).

Obtaining a visaEdit

Foreign nationals who require a visa for a part of Overseas France 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]

Schengen short-stay visas are not valid for Overseas France (except for nationals of certain countries as listed above), and vice versa. A visa with the designation "départements français d'Amérique" (DFA) allows visiting the French overseas departments in the Americas (French Guiana, Guadeloupe and Martinique) as well as Saint Pierre and Miquelon.[1]

Visitor statisticsEdit

Visitor statistics of French Polynesia[9]
Country/territory 2016 2015 2014 2013
  United States 67,908 63,913 62,278 53,656
  France 39,086 35,765 34,887 32,946
  Japan 12,174 11,447 12,527 13,175
  Australia 9,757 9,167 9,315 9,167
  Italy 7,888 7,993 7,887 8,103
  New Zealand 7,221 7,315 7,136 6,477
  Canada 6,326 8,402 9,279 7,206
  China 5,987 5,555 3,268 1,876
  New Caledonia 4,206 4,185 4,111 3,826
  United Kingdom 3,980 4,711 4,834 3,255
  Germany 3,951 3,538 4,028 3,477
Total 192,495 183,831 180,602 164,393
Visitor statistics of New Caledonia[10]
Country/territory 2016 2015 2014 2013
  Metropolitan France 36,725 37,245 36,545 39,183
  Australia 22,809 20,926 18,065 15,722
  Japan 21,151 20,056 19,087 15,674
  New Zealand 9,143 8,529 6,780 6,334
  Wallis and Futuna 6,128 6,329 6,128 6,763
  Vanuatu 3,648 3,520 3,616 3,950
  French Polynesia 3,453 3,552 3,371 3,946
  Italy 1,045 1,104 832 718
Total 115,676 113,951 107,187 107,753

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f 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 24 May 2020. (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 24 May 2020. (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 24 May 2020. (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 24 May 2020. (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 24 May 2020. (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 24 May 2020. (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.