As the application process includes taking a photo and the ten fingerprints of each applicant, it is not possible to send in a visa application via the post. This also applies to residents of Samoa and the Cook Islands.
Each applicant aged 12 years and over must travel to Wellington to apply for their visa in person.
The only exception applies to applicants of visas for African countries. Applicants for these visas are not required to apply in person at the Consulate of France.
Make an appointment
One appointment must be made for each passport holder. Applicants will need to make an appointment during the opening hours of the Consulate of France : 9.15 am to 1.15 pm, Monday to Friday.
Applicants will not be admitted to the Consulate if they do not have an appointment.
Appointments can be made by calling the Embassy: (04) 384 2555.
When making an appointment, please provide:
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment, they should amend or cancel it.
Who requires this visa?
New Zealand passport holders and citizens of the following countries in the Asia and South Pacific region planning on visiting New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days:
Australia, Brunei, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tuvalu.
NB: No visa is required for citizens of Papua New Guinea and Tonga who are travelling to New Caledonia for up to 90 days and who do not intend to work during their stay.
However, upon entry to the French Territories, you may be asked to provide the following: proof of accomodation, proof of financial support and proof of subscription to travel and repatriation insurance for the entire duration of stay.
If you do not fall into the categories listed above, you require a short stay visa for the French Territory that you are planning on visiting.
List of documents required to apply:
How long will the application take to process:
From the date we receive your application, we require a minimum of 15 full working days to process it.
It is your responsibility to provide us with a complete application.
If any documents are missing from your application, it is highly likely that your visa will not be granted.