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

You may apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta if you are a resident in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (please provide a copy of your driving license).

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 [4]
Central Africa Chad China
China - Hong Kong [5] China - Macao [6] China - Taiwan [7]
Comoros Congo
D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre) Cuba Djibouti
Dominica [8] Dominican Republic Ecuador
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Ethiopia Fiji Gabon
Gambia Georgia Ghana
Grenada (Visa not required for Guadeloupe and Martinique) 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 [9]
Madagascar Malawi Maldives
Mali Marshall Islands Mauritania
Mauritius [10] Micronesia Moldavia
Mongolia Montenegro [11] Morocco
Mozambique Namibia Nauru
Nepal Niger Nigeria
North Korea Oman Pakistan
Palestinia Papua
Peru [12] Philippines Qatar
Refugees Russia Rwanda
Solomon Saudi Arabia Senegal
Serbia [13] Seychelles [14] Sierra Leone
Somalia South Africa Sri Lanka
St Kitts St Lucia [15] St Thomas
Sudan Suriname Swaziland
Syria adjikistan Tanzania
Thailand Togo Tunisia
Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu
Uganda Ukraine Ukraine
Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen
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 have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.

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.

- 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.

- Processing fee

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

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Short Stay Visa Application
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- Two (2) recent ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth taken less than 90 days ago)

- Proof of U.S. status 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.

- 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.

- 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

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

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

- 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.

- 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

- 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).

- A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from FEDEX and UPS. You may use one envelope per family. The Consulate General of France in Atlanta cannot be held responsible for loss of mail leaving the consulate.

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

Your full name
Your address

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 into France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

[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.

[4Official and diplomatic passport holders do not need a short stay visa for Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Réunion, St. Pierre and Miquelon

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

[6Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa.

[7Except for ordinary Taiwanese passports which contains the identity card number of the holder. In this case, a short stay visa is not required.

[8A short stay visa is not required for Reunion, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte, Wallis and Futuna. For Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Guyane a short stay visa is not required if less than 15 days stay.

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

[10Except for Reunion if less than 15 days stay.

[11Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[12Visa not required for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guiana. For Reunion and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, only diplomatic or special passport holders are exempt from needing a visa

[13Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[14Except for Reunion if less than 15 days stay.

[15Except for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane if less than 15 days stay.

Last modified on 21/09/2016

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