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

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

Short stay

A short stay is less than 90 days within the overseas departments and regions.

Persons who are visa-exempted

  • Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland;
  • Holders of a currently valid residency document for France;
  • Holders of a biometric passport from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia ;
  • Nationals of the following countries: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, 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.
  • 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.
  • For following nationalities : Bahrein, Belarus, China, Koweit, India, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Afrika, Ukraina and United Arab Emirates : "visa de circulation" holders delivered by a french consulate can travel to French Overseas Departments.

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 will need a visa.
Certain nationals from the countries mentioned above need a visa to study, to work (e.g.,domestic staff of French or foreign private employers) or to give an artistic performance in French Overseas Departments.

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 (see list).

Dernière modification : 08/02/2016

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