French Guyana is not part of the Schengen Area. So does a third country national living with a German residency permit in Germany need to apply for a visa to go there?

Where to apply for such document?

  • We can’t answer that definitively without knowing your citizenship and other details of your proposed trip. I think that as a resident of Germany you may not need a visa, you can check using this tool mail/web/france-visas/ai-je-besoin-d-un-visa
    – Traveller
    May 5, 2022 at 11:57
  • @Traveller link does not work
    – lalala
    May 5, 2022 at 12:09
  • Try mail/web/france-visas
    – Traveller
    May 5, 2022 at 14:33
  • @Traveller still doesnt work. I think the first part of the url might be missing.
    – lalala
    May 6, 2022 at 4:39
  • It’s the same link as the one in the answer… easy to find, just search ‘do I need a visa for French Guyana’
    – Traveller
    May 6, 2022 at 6:03

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According to the French government site, a visa national who has a Schengen residence permit or long-stay visa is exempt from the visa requirement for a short stay (or up to 90 days) in French Guyana even though French Guyana is not part of the Schengen area:

You need a visa unless you


[Are in] possession of a long-stay visa or hold a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen member state, [or]

Hold a residence permit for Andorra or Monaco.

(There are some other exceptions, but they are beyond the scope of this question.)

Additional discussion:

French Guyana uses the same visa exemption list as the rest of France even though it is not part of the Schengen area. We see from the above information that someone who has a German residence permit does not need a visa for a short stay French Guyana in any case, but it's also possible that such a person would not need a visa even without the residence permit, because the person might be a national of an "Annex II" country whose citizens are exempt from the short-stay visa requirement.

The text above was generated by assuming that the traveler is a national of Bhutan, an Annex I nationality (that is, a "visa national"). To see what the visa tool would say for someone with an Annex II nationality, we can assume that the person is Canadian, in which case the tool yields this result:

You do not need a visa.

There follows a disclaimer box with the text

Nevertheless, you must be able to show some documents when you are controlled at the border. For more information, please click here

The link takes you to a page describing several documents serving as evidence that you fulfill the conditions of a short-stay visitor, including financial means, accommodation, return ticket or additional financial means to obtain one, professional status (for business visitors), and insurance. It says that these must be presented "at the request of the Border Police upon your arrival in France." In my experience, the border police do not typically ask for these documents, but then I've never traveled to French Guyana, so I have no idea whether the practice there might be different.

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    For which nationality did you check? I cannot reproduce that sentence you wrote.
    – lalala
    May 5, 2022 at 13:11
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    Bhutanese, but any Annex I nationality should yield the same result. If you use an Annex II nationality such as Canadian then you will get a different result because a visa is not required in any case.
    – phoog
    May 5, 2022 at 13:14
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    @lalala which nationality did you use?
    – phoog
    May 5, 2022 at 13:24
  • @lalala I've added a bit to the answer to cover visa-exempt nationalities. Is that the text that the tool showed you? If not, there may have been some other difference, for example if you answered "yes" to either of the questions about having a French spouse or an EU, EEA, or Swiss family member.
    – phoog
    May 6, 2022 at 7:35
  • Thanks. Got it. Good answer
    – lalala
    May 6, 2022 at 7:39

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