Visitor Visa - long stay (more than 3 months)
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.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.
Who requires this visa?
Applicants who wish to stay in New Caledonia and/or French Polynesia for more than three months require a long stay visa.
List of documents required to apply:
- Completed and signed long stay application form.
- One recent passport photograph,
- Passport (valid for at least three months after return date),
- Proof of subscription to insurance (covering unlimited medical expenses and repatriation for the entire duration of stay),
- A copy of your criminal record to be obtained from the Ministry of Justice,
- Medical certificate issued to you by one of our registered doctors in New Zealand,
- Evidence of financial support for the duration of stay (official letter from your sponsor, your banker, bank statements, any other proof of sufficient financial means...),
- Two copies of proof of accommodation in New Caledonia and/or French Polynesia: hotel bookings, lease, proof of ownership or a letter from your host stating your address of residence in the country during your stay and their desire to host you,
- A pre-paid courier envelope with the applicant’s address provided for return of passport,
- Long stay visa fees. Please click here for the latest visa fees. Please note that visa fees must be paid in cash.
- Applicants for a long stay visa to New Caledonia (not French Polynesia) must also provide a pre-paid international courier envelope.
Please note: As applications must be sent (by post) to Noumea for authorisation, applicants for New Caledonia must provide a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application. Applications for French Polynesia are sent to Papeete for authorisation electronically. Therefore applications for French Polynesia do not need to include a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application.
How long will the application take to process?
As applications must be sent to Noumea (New Caledonia) and/or Papeete (French Polynesia) for authorisation, we require a minimum 2 to 3 months to process these.
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.
Any enquiries regarding customs regulations should be sent directly to Services des Douanes:
New Caledonia: BP 13, Noumea
French Polynesia: BP 9006, Motu Uta, Papeete