Schengen Visa - Short stay (less than 3 months)
As of the 21 December 2007, New Zealand passport holders and citizens of the countries and territories listed here do NOT require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days in countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement, provided that travellers:
- do not intend to work in the countries listed below;
- have a passport that is valid for at least three months after their return date;
- have a return ticket.
If you hold a residency permit for France or any other Schengen country, you do not require a visa.
If you do not fall into any of the categories specified above, you will require a Schengen visa. If you have any doubts about whether or not you need a visa, please email us.
- A completed and signed application form with a recent passport photograph attached;
- Passport (valid for least three months after your return date);
+ a photocopy of the photo page of your passport;
- Photocopies of previous Schengen visas granted (if any);
- Itinerary from a travel agency detailing exact dates of your travel or booked flights. If you are travelling by yacht, please attach a letter from the ship’s Captain that provides the itinerary and dates of the trip;
- Evidence of social or professional circumstances (pay slip, work certificate from your employer, student card, certificate of school or university attendance, etc.);
- Evidence of annual leave granted from your employer;
- Evidence of accommodation in France (hotel booking, lease, evidence of ownership or attestation d’accueil (an official form that explains that friends or family will provide accommodation for you.) Your contacts in France must obtain this form from their local city council and send the original to the Consulate of France in Wellington.
- Applicants under 18 travelling with or without their parents need to provide (1) a birth certificate; (2) a letter signed by both their parents authorising their child to travel to France. (3) The full name and address of the person responsible for the child during the trip has to be mentioned in the letter.
- Bank statement or proof of financial stability;
- Proof of subscripton to insurance (covering unlimited medical expenses and repatriation for the entire duration of stay);
- A pre-paid courier envelope with the applicant’s address provided for return of passport;
- Schengen visa fees. Payment by EFTPOS or in cash. No cheques or credit cards will be accepted.
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.
Each applicant aged 12 years and over must travel to Wellington to apply for their visa in person. This also applies to residents of Samoa and the Cook Islands.
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.
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.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment, they should amend or cancel it.
From the date we receive your application, we require between 6 to 12 working days to process your visa.
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.
Please refer to the document below which contains important information for New Zealand passport holders planning a long-term stay in the Schengen Area:
- Border controls in Europe
- (PDF - 11 kb)