Expedited Visa for
French West Indies

When you need to get your visa for French West Indies processed quickly, Travel Document Systems is here to help. All of the requirements and application forms, plus convenient online ordering.

Also known as: Martinique

Get a Tourist Visa for French West Indies

French West Indies issues Tourist visas for:
  • Tourist Travel

French West Indies Tourist Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to French West Indies with a U.S. Passport, a Tourist Visa is not required.

No Visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

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French West Indies Tourist Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to French West Indies with a Non-US Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

TDS is unable to assist at this time.

Please contact embassy of France directly.

Get a Business Visa for French West Indies

French West Indies issues Business visas for:
  • Business Travel

French West Indies Business Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to French West Indies with a U.S. Passport, a Business Visa is not required.

No Visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

Check travel recommendations

French West Indies Business Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to French West Indies with a Non-US Passport, a Business Visa is required.

TDS is unable to assist at this time.

Please contact embassy of France directly.

Get a Diplomatic Visa for French West Indies

French West Indies issues Diplomatic visas for:
  • Official and Diplomatic Government Travel

French West Indies Diplomatic Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to French West Indies with a U.S. Passport, a Diplomatic Visa is not required.

No Visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

Check travel recommendations

French West Indies Diplomatic Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to French West Indies with a Non-US Passport, a Diplomatic Visa is required.

TDS is unable to assist at this time.

Please contact embassy of France directly.

Travel Information

Get the most up-to-date information for French West Indies related to embassy and consulate addresses, foreign relations information, travel advisories, entry and exit restrictions, and travel tips from the US State Department's website.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations required.

While no vaccinations may be required to enter the country, you should still check with the CDC on their recommended vaccinations for travel to French West Indies

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About French West Indies

Read about the people, history, government, economy and geography of French West Indies at the CIA's World FactBook.

A Brief History of French West Indies

Christopher Columbus landed on Guadeloupe on November 4, 1493. Though originally called Karukéra (Island of Beautiful Waters) by the Carib Indians, Columbus named the island after the famous sanctuary of Santa Maria de Guadalupe de Estremadura. Lacking gold and silver, the island was not of great interest to the Europeans until the17th century. For a brief period the Spanish had tried to settle Guadeloupe but were stopped by the ferocious Carib Indians. Then around 1635, the French began to colonize the island. With the institutionalization of slavery in 1644, the trade of spices, sugar, tobacco and rum prospered between France, Africa and the Antilles.

Guadeloupe was officially annexed by the King of France in 1674. As the island prospered, it became the scene of great battles between the French and the British, who occupied it from 1759 to 1763. That year it was restored to France in exchange for all French rights to Canada. But the tug-of-war continued on and off until 1815, when the Treaty of Paris designated Guadeloupe as French. In 1848, thanks to the efforts of Victor Schoelcher, slavery was abolished. Guadeloupe was represented for the first time in the French Parliament in 1871. It became a French Départment on March 19, 1946. 

Learn more about French West Indies in our World Atlas

About Us

Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.