Visas for France

  • Nationals of New Zealand and nationals of the following countries and territories do not need a visa for stay up to 90 days in the Schengen area:

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, 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.

  • New Zealand has signed a bilateral waiver agreement with France allowing New Zealanders to spend up to three months in France. Your time spent in other Schengen countries will not affect your three month visa waiver in France.

Visitor visas

Schengen Visa - Short stay (less than 3 months)

A short stay visa allowing holders to circulate in the Schengen area. The Schengen area covers 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, without border controls between them.

To be able to apply for your Schengen visa at the French Embassy in Wellington, when travelling to several Schengen States, make sure that France 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.

Visitor visas - long stay (more than 3 months)

For applicants planning to stay in France for than 3 months provided they do not work during that period. If you hold this visa, you may travel to other Schengen Zone countries for up to 3 months in any 6 month period.

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

Young Professional Visa (for New Zealand Passport holders only)

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

Student visas

University student visa

N.B. students doing an university exchange for one semester (six months or less) will be granted a long stay temporary visa with which they won’t need to register at OFII but won’t be able to request a “carte de séjour” after the expiration of their visas.

For high-school students aged 18 and under

Au pair visa

Language assistant visa

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

French spouse visa

EU citizen spouse visa

Visa to marry a French citizen in France

Dernière modification : 15/06/2017

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