SCHENGEN Visa - Short stay (less than 3 months)

Please note:
- 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.

To lodge your application, you are required to book an appointment via the online booking system, without exception. No booking will be completed at the Consular section in Wellington or by phone.
Please click here to book an appointment.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.

Who requires this visa?

As of the 21 December 2007, New Zealand passport holders and citizens of the following countries do NOT require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days in countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Bermudas, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), Israel, Japan, Macao (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

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,

they can travel to the following countries for up to 90 days without a visa:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, and Sweden.

- 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 at

List of documents required to apply

When travelling to several Schengen States and applying at the Consulate of France in Wellington, please make sure that France/Portugal/Greece* is your main destination (i.e. the country where you will spend the majority of your time). If you are spending an equal amount of time in a number of different countries, France/Portugal/Greece* must be the first country you plan to visit.
*In accordance with your visa application as the consulate of France also delivers Schengen visas for Greece and Portugal.

  • A completed and signed application form;
  • One recent passport photograph;
  • 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 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. It will also need to state the Captain’s responsibility for the crew members.
  • Evidence of social or professional circumstances (pay slip, work certificate from your employer, student card, certificate of school or university attendance, retirement pension...);
  • 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 a letter signed by both their parents authorising their child to travel to France. 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 (please keep its tracking number).
  • Schengen visa fees. Please click here for the latest visa fees. Please note that visa fees must be paid in cash. No cheques, EFTPOS cards or credit cards will be accepted.

How long will the application take to process?

- From the date we receive your application, we require a minimum of ten 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.

Special information for New Zealand passport holders only

Please refer to the document below which contains important information for New Zealand passport holders planning a long-term stay in the Schengen Area:

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Dernière modification : 11/05/2017

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