Do I need a visa for French Overseas Departments (DROM) (ordinary passport) ?

The following Departments are the DROM : Reunion, Guyana, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Short stay

The short stay is a stay in DROM for a continuous or discontinuous period of 90 days or less per six-month period.

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are visa-exempted.

The following persons with a regular passport valid at least more than 6 months after the departure are also visa-exempted :

- Holders of a currently valid french residency document or of a french long-stay visa ;

- Holders of a valid residency document or of a long stay visa (D-visa) issued by Germany or another country applying the Schengen agreements : you must travel with your valid residency document or long stay visa and your valid passport issued within the past 10 years ;

- Non-european citizens who are not resident in the Schengen-Area from the following countries :

  • Andorra, Anguilla and British Virgin Islands (only for Guadeloupe and Martinique), Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil (except the French Guyana), Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica (only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy if the stay is equal to or less than 15 days), El Salvador, Grenada (only for Guadeloupe and Martinique), Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique (only for Reunion and Mayotte), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariannes, Panama, Paraguay, Perou (only for French Guyana, Guadeloupe and Martinique), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia (only for Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy if the stay is equal to or less than 15 days), Saint Vincent and Grenadine (only for Guadeloupe and Martinique), San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa (only for Réunion), South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago (only for Guadeloupe and Martinique), Turks and Caicos Islands (only for Guadeloupe and Martinique), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (British National Overseas passport), the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.
    Attention : for income-earning activities, it is necessary for certain nationalities to obtain a visa or a work permit, even for a short stay.
  • Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia with a biometric passport ;
  • Holders of passports from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China) and the Macau Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China).
    Attention : for income-earning activities, it is necessary to obtain a visa or a work permit, even for a short stay.
  • Nationals of the following countries and holders of a Schengen-visa valid between 6 months and 5 years delivered by a french consulate can travel to French Overseas Departments without visa : Bahrein, Belarus, China, Koweit, India, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Afrika, Ukraina and United Arab Emirates.
  • Holders of an UNO-pass (red or blue) ;
  • Holders of a NATO-pass ;

- Facilitation for cruise ship passengers : besides the categories of foreigners that are already visa-exempt, cruise ship passengers meeting the following criteria may enter without an overseas visa during their stopover :

  • Holders of a currently valid Schengen visa issued by France ;
  • Holders of a currently valid residency document issued by a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or by Switzerland, Andorra or Monaco ;
  • Holders of a currently valid residency document issued by Canada, Japan or the United States of America.

Please note

If your country does not appear in the list above, you need a short-stay visa.

The SOFA-card is not recognized in France. If your nationality is not mentionned above, you need a short-stay visa.

A Schengen visa does not allow entrance into a DROM. If you intend to enter a DROM, you must point it out when filing your application. (For the list of supporting documents, See Schengen visa and your particular employment situation).

Long stay

Only nationals from the following countries are exempted from long-term entry visas : members of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, Monaco and Andorra.

If you intend to enter a DROM, you must point it out when filing your application.
If a visa is required, you must apply for the long-stay visa that best corresponds to your situation (same list as a long-stay visa for metropolitan France).

Dernière modification : 04/04/2016

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