Requirements for New Zealanders
Under the current system visitors from New Zealand are entitled to a stay in France and the rest of the Schengen zone visa-free. However, this will end when the new system is implemented in 2021 and an ETIAS electronic visa waiver will become an essential requirement. This electronic travel authorization will work in a similar way to the American ESTA system and can be used multiple times over 3 years or until the expiration of the identity document used to make the application.
Documents Needed for an ETIAS France for New Zealand Citizens
ETIAS For New Zealand Citizens Personal Information
The other key ETIAS requirements for New Zealanders are personal details that are used to assess the eligibility of the candidate. This includes your:
- First name
- Surname at birth
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Email Address (necessary to receive the ETIAS notification)
- Phone number
- Education and work experience
- Intended country of arrival in the EU (France)
Medical information for New Zealanders
Furthermore, when traveling to France it is wise to ensure you have sufficient health insurance coverage. The French medical system is world-class, although it can be very expensive for foreign travelers. If you use the medical system in France (with or without insurance) be aware that health providers in most cases only accept cash payments. However, in some situations a “Feuille de Soins” (treatment form) can be filled out for a deferred payment via an insurer.
ETIAS Application for France for New Zealanders
The application for the ETIAS France will take approximately 10 minutes to complete online. You will need to submit all the necessary personal and biometric information, supporting documents and the completed answers to the required security questions. This information will be cross-referenced across international and Europe-wide criminal databases, therefore it is important to double-check that the correct information has been submitted during the application.
On completion of this section, you will then be required to pay a small processing fee via debit or credit card. The application will then be processed and the decision to approve or reject your request for an ETIAS will be delivered directly to your email address within a matter of hours.
Once you’ve received confirmation and your approved ETIAS for France, you will then be able to travel to a French port of entry with your corresponding passport. The ETIAS simply needs to be printed off and presented on arrival at French customs and immigrations. The holder of the ETIAS will then be able to travel anywhere in France or the Schengen area for up to 90 days.