New Zealand Visa from France

New Zealand Visa for French Citizens

New Zealand Visa from France
Updated on May 18, 2024 | Online New Zealand Visa

New Zealand Visa from France

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

  • French citizens can apply for an NZeTA
  • France was a launch member of the NZ eTA program
  • French citizens enjoy fast entry using the NZ eTA program

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A France-issued Passport that is valid for another 3 months after departure from New Zealand
  • NZ eTA is valid for arrival by air and cruise ship
  • NZ eTA is for short tourist, business, transit visits
  • You must be over 18 to apply for an NZ eTA otherwise require a parent/guardian

What are requirements of New Zealand Visa from France?

A New Zealand eTA for French citizens is required for visits up to 90 days.

French passport holders can enter New Zealand on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for a period of 90 days without obtaining a traditional or regular Visa for New Zealand from France, under the visa waiver program that commenced in the years 2019. Since July 2019, French citizens require an eTA for New Zealand.

A New Zealand Visa from France is not optional, but a mandatory requirement for all French citizens traveling to the country for short stays. Before travelling to New Zealand, a traveller needs to ensure that the validity of the passport is at least three months past the expected departure date.

Only Australian Citizen are exempt, even Australian permanent residents are required to obtain an New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation (NZeTA).

How can I apply for eTA New Zealand Visa from France?

The eTA New Zealand Visa for French citizens comprises an online application form that can be completed in less than five (5) minutes. You are also required to upload a recent face-photograph. It is necessary for applicants to enter personal details, their contact details, like email and address, and information on their passport page. Applicant must be in good health and should not have a criminal history. You can get more information at New Zealand eTA Application Form Guide.

After French citizens pay the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) fees, their eTA application processing commences. NZ eTA is delivered to French citizens via email. In very rare circumstance if any additional documentation is required, the the applicant will be contact prior to approval of New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for French citizens.

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) requirements for French citizens

The New Zealand eTA requirements from citizens of France are minimal and simple. Following are essential:

  • Valid French Passport - To enter New Zealand, French citizens will require a valid Passport. Ensure that your Passport is valid for at least 3 months past the date of departure from New Zealand.
  • An online method of payment - Applicants will also require a valid Credit or Debit card to pay the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). The fee for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for French citizens covers eTA fee and IVL (International Visitor Levy) fee.
  • A working email address - French citizens are also required to provide a valid email address, to receive the NZeTA in their inbox. It will be your responsibility to carefully double-check all the data entered so there are no issues with the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), otherwise you may have to apply for another NZ eTA.
  • A face photograph of the applicant - Last requirement is to have a recently taken clear face-photograph in passport-style. You are required to upload the face-photograph as part of New Zealand eTA application process. If you are unable to upload for some reason, you can email helpdesk your photo.
Australian Permanent Residents are exempt from paying IVL (International Visitor Levy) fee.
French citizens who have a passport of an additional nationality need to make sure they apply with the same passport they travel with, as the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) will be directly associated with the passport that was mentioned at the time of application.

How long can French citizen stay on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)?

French citizen's departure date must be within 3 months of arrival. Additionally, French citizen can visit only for 6 months in a 12 month period on an NZ eTA.

How long can a French citizen stay in New Zealand on a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)?

French passport holders are required to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) even for a short duration of 1 day up to 90 days. If the French citizens intend to stay for a longer duration, then they should apply for a relevant Visa depending on their circumstances.

Travel to New Zealand from France

Upon receiving the New Zealand Visa for French citizens, travelers will be able to either present an electronic or paper copy to present to New Zealand border and immigration.

Can French citizens enter multiple times on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)?

New Zealand Visa for French citizens is valid for multiple entries during the period of its validity. French citizens can enter multiple times during the two year validity of the NZ eTA.

Which activies are not allowed for French citizens on New Zealand eTA?

New Zealand eTA is a lot easier to apply compared to New Zealand Visitor Visa. The process can be completed entirely online in a matter of few minutes. New Zealand eTA can be used for visits of up to 90 days for tourism, transit and business trips.

Some of the activites not covered by New Zealand are listed below, in which case you should instead apply for New Zealand Visa.

  • Visiting New Zealand for Medical treatment
  • Work - you intent to join New Zealand labour market
  • Study
  • Residence - you want to become a New Zealand resident
  • Long-term stays of more than 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have you already received NZeTA, but want to change address and contact details. What can you do?

Try doing it online, if you are not able to, call the immigration department, if still the issue persists, visit the immigration of New Zealand office, share with them your concern, they might be able to help you.

I am traveling to New Zealand for a voluntary or charity program, can I use NZeTA?

If you are getting paid or using for a long term purpose, you will have to get another visa, you cannot use the NZeTA. Get in touch with the visa officials who can guide you to apply for the required visa.

I am filling my NZeTA application online, but I am having issues. What to do?

There may be technical problems, try refreshing the page or apply online on a different browser. If the problem still exists try calling in the helpdesk number, the technical team will be able to sort out the issue.

Can I use NZeTA for religious and cultural trips?

You can use NZeTA for religious and cultural trips, but you cannot extend your stay beyond the number of days provided.

Click here to gets answers to more Frequently Asked Questions about NZeTA

Things To Do and Places of Interest for French Citizens

  • Shotover River Jet Boat ride, Queenstown
  • Climb the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Rollerblade along Wellington’s waterfront
  • Ride The Luge Up At The Skyline, Queenstown
  • Eat an ice cream at Scorching Bay, Miramar
  • Eat At Fergburger, Queenstown
  • Climb the Sky Tower for astounding Auckland views
  • Go snorkelling around Goat Island
  • Live music at Neck of the Woods
  • Climb Queenstown Hill For Sunrise or Sunset
  • See the waterfalls at Earnslaw Burn

France Embassy in Wellington



34-42 Manners Street P.O. Box 11-343 Wellington New Zealand





Please apply for a New Zealand eTA 72 hours in advance of your flight.