Applying for a visa - Trinidad and Tobago
Following the signing on May 28th, 2015 of a visa waiver agreement between the European Union and Trinidad and Tobago, citizens of this country no longer require a visa to travel to the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days (over a period of 180 days). If you are planning to travel to Europe, please read the notice regarding short stay Schengen visa waiver. French Overseas Departments and Territories are not included in the Schengen visa waiver.
Please also be advised that the Visa Section of the French Embassy in Port-of-Spain closed on June 30, 2014. Foreigners who are currently legally resident in Trinidad and Tobago must apply at the Embassy of Spain in Port-of-Spain for Schengen visas for travel to main destination France in the Schengen zone. Other visa applications (Long Stay and for travel to the French Overseas Departments and Territories) must be made at the French Embassy in Castries, St. Lucia.
1 – VISA APPOINTMENTS
SCHENGEN VISAS FOR FOREIGNERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY LEGALLY RESIDENT IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Embassy of Spain in Port-of-Spain:
French Embassy in Castries, St. Lucia:
2 – VISA REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION FORMS
a. SCHENGEN VISA for travel to mainland France
If the main destination of your short stay – 90 days or less per six-month period – in the Schengen zone, or alternatively, your point of entry into the Schengen zone (in cases where stays are equal or there is no main destination) – is mainland France, we invite you to click on the link below to download the Schengen visa application form and Schengen visa requirements.
Schengen Visa Application Form:
b. SHORT STAY VISA for travel to the French Overseas Departments and Territories
If the main destination of your short stay – 90 days or less per six-month period - in the French Overseas Departments and Regions is Martinique, Guadeloupe (includes Marie Galante, Désirade and les Saintes), French Guiana and/or Réunion or in the French Overseas Territorial Collectivities is Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, French Polynesia, Mayotte, New Caledonia and/or Wallis and Futuna, kindly contact the French Embassy in Castries, St. Lucia for information on applying; effective July 1, 2014.
NB: Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago do not require a visa for short stays – 90 days or less per six-month period – in the French Overseas Departments and Regions of Martinique and Guadeloupe effective December 18, 2009. However, travellers must still be able to produce documentary evidence of their motive of stay, accommodation, medical insurance, sufficient finances and return travel to an Immigration Officer at the border, if requested.
c. SHORT STAY VISA for travel to some African countries
France represents these African countries – Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Senegal (log on to www.visasenegal.sn) and Togo – in the issuance of some short stay visas (tourist and business, but not work visas). Kindly contact the French Embassy in Castries St. Lucia for information on applying; effective July 1, 2014.
d. LONG STAY VISA for travel to France
If your travel involves a long stay – continuous stay of more than 90 days – in France, kindly contact the French Embassy in Castries, St. Lucia for information on applying; effective July 1, 2014.
3 – BIOMETRIC PROCEDURE (DIGITAL FINGERPRINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY)
The biometric procedure involves digital fingerprinting and photographing of most visa applicants and applies to all visas, except those for some of the African countries represented.
4 – VISA APPLICATION FEES
Kindly check visa application fees at the embassy where the visa application will be made.