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Visa Types and Categories to Apply for French Guiana

Visa Types and Categories to Apply for French Guiana

French Guiana is an overseas territory of France.

French Guiana is not part of the EU (via France) or Schengen Area, but facilitated regulations are applied to these countries’ citizens. EU and Schengen countries’ nationals can travel to French Guiana for an unlimited time period with their National Identity Card instead of the passport.

All the nationals who are holding valid Long-stay (“D” type”) visa or Residence Permit issued by France or other Schengen countries can enter French Guiana without obtaining a new visa and stay there for up to 90 days within 6 months period.

Nationals of the following countries can also travel to French Guiana without obtaining a new visa if they are holding a valid multiple-entry visa (Schengen included) with a validity of more than 6 months, issued by France:

  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • China
  • India
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Ukraine

Short-stay (“C type”) Schengen visa issued by France or other Schengen countries is not valid for entering French Guiana.

If you are a visa-required national, you have to obtain a separate visa to French Guiana from France diplomatic missions (embassies/consulates). A special wording like – “DFA (Départements Français D'Amérique)must be indicated on the visa. On the other hand, you cannot travel to France nor other Schengen countries with a visa valid for French Guiana only either.

If you are required to obtain a visa to travel to France, you will be also required to obtain a visa beforehand for entering French Guiana. Additionally, only Ecuador and Peru citizens can also enter French Guiana without a visa and stay there for up to 90 days within 6 months period.

You can apply for the following types of French Guiana visas at France embassies/consulates:

  • French Guiana Short-term visa (valid for up to 90 days)
  • French Guiana Long-term visa (valid for more than 90 days)
French Guiana Short-term (C-type) Visa

French Guiana Short-term (C-type) Visa

You can apply for a French Guiana Short-stay visa for realizing your temporary travel to French Guiana. Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trips, short-term work, and many other non-permanent nuances. French Guiana Short-term visa’s validity period can be a maximum of 90 days. Short-term visas can be both single-entry and multiple-entry.

 

Required Documents for French Guiana Short-term Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from French Guiana.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Photo

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card Copy

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through French Guiana.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through French Guiana.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous visas

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservations (return ticket)
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Medical Insurance

  • It should cover all the duration you intend to stay in French Guiana and must have a minimum of 30,000 € coverage.

11. Supporting Documents that Show Your Reason for a Trip

     For tourism:

  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

     For business/congress/sports travel:

  • Original invitation letter by the company/organization
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

      For private visit:

  • Original invitation letter by inviting person
  • The original document that confirms the ownership of estate (home) of your inviting person, if you are going to stay there
  • Copies of passport, ID card/residence permit of your inviting person

      For employment (short-term):

  • Original invitation letter by a company in French Guiana
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (apartment rental contract, hotel confirmation, etc.)

12. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

13. For Minors:

  • Copy and English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • Letter of consent from parent/s or legal guardian/s, if traveling unaccompanied

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for French Guiana Short-term Visa

The average processing time for a French Guiana Short-term Visa is 3-15 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

French Guiana Short-term Visa Fee

French Guiana Short-term Visa fee is 9 EUR (it can slightly vary depending on your country and nationality) per applicant. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for a French Guiana Short-term Visa?

You will apply for a French Guiana Short-term visa in France visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

French Guiana Long-term (D-type) Visa

French Guiana Long-term (D-type) Visa

French Guiana Long-term visa will be valid for up to 1 year with multiple entries. You can apply for this visa, if your travel purpose is long-term employment, family reunion, research, study, etc.

 

Required Documents for French Guiana Long-term Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from French Guiana.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Photo

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card Copy

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your travel to French Guiana.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your travel to French Guiana.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous visas

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation (return ticket)
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Medical Insurance

  • It should cover all the duration you intend to stay in French Guiana and must have a minimum of 30,000 € coverage.

11. Supporting Documents that Show Your Reason for a Trip

      For private visit:

  • Original invitation letter by inviting person
  • Original document that confirms the ownership of estate (home) of your inviting person, if you are going to stay there
  • Copies of passport, ID card/residence permit of your inviting person

      For studying (long-term):

  • Original invitation letter by the educational establishment in French Guiana
  • Acceptance letter to education establishment in French Guiana
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (apartment rental contract, dormitory contract, etc.)

      For employment (long-term):

  • Original invitation letter by a company in French Guiana
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

      For family reunion:

  • Original invitation letter by your family member
  • Original document that confirms the ownership of estate (home) of your inviting person, if you are going to stay there
  • Copies of passport, ID card/residence permit of your family member in French Guiana
  • Documents proving your ties with your family member in French Guiana (such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.)

12. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

13. For Minors:

  • Copy and English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • Letter of consent from parent/s or legal guardian/s, if traveling unaccompanied

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for French Guiana Long-term Visa

The average processing time for a French Guiana Long-term Visa is 10-30 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

French Guiana Long-term Visa Fee

French Guiana Long-term Visa fee is 99 EUR (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for a French Guiana Long-term Visa?

You will apply for a French Guiana Long-term visa in France visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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Can I travel to French Guiana with a Schengen visa?

No, Schengen visas are not valid for traveling to French Guiana. You need to obtain a separate visa for French Guiana from French embassies/consulates.

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Can I travel to French Guiana with a residence permit issued by France or other Schengen countries?

All the nationals who are holding valid Long-stay (“D” type”) visa or Residence Permit issued by France or other Schengen countries can enter French Guiana without obtaining a new visa and stay there for up to 90 days within 6 months period.

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Can I travel to French Guiana with a long-term visa issued by France or other Schengen countries?

All the nationals who are holding valid Long-stay (“D” type”) visa or Residence Permit issued by France or other Schengen countries can enter French Guiana without obtaining a new visa and stay there for up to 90 days within 6 months period.

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Can I travel to French Guiana with a multiple-entry Schengen visa?

Only some nationals of certain countries (Bahrain, Belarus, China, India, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine) can travel to French Guiana without obtaining a new visa if they are holding valid multiple-entry Schengen visa with validity more than 6 months, issued by France.

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Where to apply for a French Guiana visa?

You can apply for a French Guiana visa at France diplomatic missions/embassies/consulates.

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Can I travel to France or other Schengen countries with a French Guiana visa?

No, you cannot travel to France or other Schengen countries with a special French Guiana visa. This visa is only valid for traveling to French Guiana, you still have to obtain a Schengen visa for traveling to France or other Schengen countries, if you are not a visa-exempted national.

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Is French Guiana a part of the Schengen Area?

No, French Guiana is not a part of the Schengen Area, but some facilitated regulations are applied to Schengen countries and their citizens. EU and Schengen countries’ nationals can travel to French Guiana for an unlimited time period with their National Identity Card instead of the passport.

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I am a visa-exempted national for traveling to French Guiana, how long can I stay in French Guiana?

Visa-exempted nationals can stay in French Guiana for up to 90 days within 6 months period without a visa.

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