Applying for a French visa in New Zealand

Visa applications submitted in New Zealand are processed by the French Consulate-General in Wellington (Please note that there is no visa processing office in Auckland).

For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa applications to France and overseas territories.

France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).

The main steps in applying for a tourist or student visa

Do I need a visa?

PNG First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.

Complete your application online

PNG Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.

Submit your application to the visa centre

PNG Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

In addition to the documents requested on the France-Visas portal, please provide a photocopy of the first page of the passport and NZ visas/residency (if applicable), as well as previous Schengen visas (if any).

Track your visa application

PNGOnce your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.


Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.

Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.

Group appointments

If you are applying for a Schengen visa, a visa for French Polynesia or New Caledonia as a group, you may request interview appointments on the same date and time if your group has more than 10 applicants.

Examples of groups include, but are not limited to, professional trainees, incentive tour or school groups. The maximum number of appointments for a group on any given day is 25. Groups larger than that will be allocated appointment times over multiple days.

Note that you need to request a group appointment at least 30 days before departure. If you fail to do so, the Embassy won’t be able to organize a group appointment.

STEP 1. Complete and submit your visa application via our online system
STEP 2. Submit a group appointment form and send it to

Please make sure that all applicants come with a complete application

Visitor visas for French Polynesia and New Caledonia

To submit your application for a visa, you must register and submit your application on France-visas, the official website for visa applications to France and overseas territories.

Exception for Chinese passport holders willing to travel to French Polynesia: Short stay visas for Chinese passport holders

Work visas

Working holiday visa (1 year)

If you hold this visa, you may travel to other Schengen Zone countries for up to 3 months in any 6 month period.

Work visa

If you wish to apply for a work visa for France you must first obtain employment in France and have a work contract approved and signed by DIRECCTE (French Labor institution). If you hold this visa, you may travel to other Schengen Zone countries for up to 3 months in any 6 month period.

The "Passeport Talent" visa and permit

The Au Pair visa

Young Professional Visa (for New Zealand Passport holders only)

New Zealanders working as crew members on (private) yachts in France

Long-stay visas for spouses and dependants of French/EU citizens

French spouse visa

EU citizen spouse visa
If you are married to an EU citizen and your nationality is not among those listed below, you must apply for this visa.

New Zealand, Albania (biometric passport only), Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Bermudas, Bosnia and Herzegovina (biometric passport only), Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro (biometric passport only), Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia (biometric passport only), Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

If you are married to an EU citizen and your nationality is among those listed above (including New Zealand), you must request a carte de séjour from your local préfecture within three months of arriving in France.

See also:

Visa fee exchange rates – ‘rate of chancellery’

Customs information – the official website of tourism in France

Useful links

Visas for Greece, Portugal and Monaco

Visas for African countries

Dernière modification : 31/10/2018

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