Short stay visa for French Polynesia, New Caledonia, etc. (TOM)

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1 — What are the French overseas territories?

The French overseas territories are :
French Polynesia
New Caledonia
Wallis and Futuna
St Pierre and Miquelon
French Austral territories

2 — Do I need a visa to travel to French overseas territories ?

YES, if you are a citizen of the following countries:

Afghanistan Albania* Algeria Angola
Armenia Azerbaidjan Bahrein Bangladesh
Belize Benin Bhutan Belarus
Bosnia* Botswana Brazil*
Burkina Faso Burma Burundi Cambodia
Cameroon Cape Verde Central Africa Chad
China Colombia Comoros Congo
D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre) Cuba Djibouti Dominica
Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea Ethiopia Fiji Gabon
Gambia Georgia Ghana Grenada
Guinea Guinea Bissau Guyana Haiti
Hong Kong (except S.A.R.) India Indonesia Iran
Israel* Iraq Ivory Coast Jamaica
Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kirghizistan
Kiribati Kuwait Laos Lebanon
Lesotho Liberia Libya Macao (except S.A.R.)
Macedonia* Madagascar Malawi Maldives
Mali Marshall Islands Mauritania Micronesia
Moldavia* Mongolia Montenegro* Morocco
Mozambique Namibia Nauru Nepal
Niger Nigeria North Korea Oman
Pakistan Palau Palestinian Nationals Papua
Peru Philippines Qatar Refugees
Russia Rwanda Solomon Samoa
Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia* Sierra Leone
Somalia South Africa Sri Lanka St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia St Thomas St Vincent Sudan
Surinam Swaziland Syria Tadjikistan
Taiwan* Tanzania Thailand Togo
Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia Turkey
Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine
United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan United States Re-entry permit United States Refugee Travel Doc.
Vanuatu Vietnam Yemen
Former Yugoslavia Zambia Zimbabwe
*Brazil: no visa required for French Polynesia ONLY / Other territories: visa needed
*Israel: visa needed for official and diplomatic passports ONLY. No visa required for ordinary Israeli passports.
*Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Serbia: no visa required if you hold a biometric passport
*TAIWAN: No visa required for holders of a Taiwanese passport with a "Personal ID number" (Taiwanese national ID number) written in the passport (found above the date of birth)
NO, YOU DO NOT NEED A VISA if you are a citizen of the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, or countries not listed above for tourism, business or family visit. You may stay up to 90 days over a period of 6 months.
  • However, if the purpose of your trip is NOT tourism, business or family, then you may still be required to get a visa before your departure (work, scientific research, etc.).

Diplomatic, special or official passport holders, please contact us.

NOTE: Valid United States green card holders traveling on a cruise ship (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte) do not need a visa if you are entering and leaving by sea.

If you are flying into the French overseas territories before and/or after taking a cruise, you need a visa.

-  B1-B2 visa holders: Please, apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S B1-B2 visas.

3 — Is a Schengen visa issued by a French consulate for several years valid for the French overseas territories?

It depends on the visa that was issued and your country of citizenship, please send us an e-mail with the photocopy of the Schengen visa.

4 — Processing Time

- About one week
- Please, apply in advance. Do not wait for the last minute.
- You may apply for your visa no earlier than 3 months before your departure date..

IMPORTANT: Due to a high number of applicants during the month of JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and DECEMBER, please apply in advance.


Please provide us with the ORIGINAL + 1 COPY of each document PER APPLICANT including passport and relevant pages.
One passport = one set of visa documents (i.e. a family of 4 visa applicants = 4 sets of visa documents)
PDF - 359.3 kb
TOM Application Requirements (click to download)

You may apply for your visa NO EARLIER THAN 3 MONTHS before your departure date. No emergency visas will be issued. There is no expedite process.


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.
- The French Consulate in Los Angeles can refuse the issuance of a visa.
- Please note that holders of French Polynesia visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into French Polynesia.


Every applicant must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. No exceptions. Fingerprints and a photograph must be taken in our premises.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not required to be present if applying for a short stay visa (but an appointment must be booked under their name)
  • If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling or rescheduling your appointment by logging back in the appointment system and click on “changing your appointment”. You will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number.

- One appointment = one person (for instance, a family of four = 4 appointments)

  • FOR MINOR APPLICANTS: a parent or guardian over the age of 18 must be present with the applicant on the day of the appointment , however the parent or guardian is not required to make an appointment.
  • Due to the high number of applicants, the French Consulate reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day or on two different dates.

WARNING: To use the system, the following configuration is required :

  • Adobe Acrobat reader
  • Allow pop-ups

NOTE: Any appointments taken for a French citizen will automatically be cancelled.

Dernière modification : 09/03/2016

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