Short stay visa for French Polynesia and New Caledonia

1. Do you need a visa ?

First, note that the information listed below is only valid for holders of ordinary passports. If you hold a diplomatic, official, service or special passport, please e-mail us at visas.miami-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr to check if you need a visa.


Exempt from visa requirements are :

- nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland.

- nationals of the following countries:

Albania [1] Andorra Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina Australia [2] Bahamas
Bahrein [3] Barbados Belarus [4]
Bolivia Bosnia [5] Brazil [6]
Brunei Darussalam Canada Chile
China [7] Colombia Costa Rica
Dominique El Salvador East Timor
Falkland Islands [8] Fidji [9] Gibraltar [10]
Granada Guatemala Holy See
Honduras India [11] Israel
Japan [12] Kiribati Kuwait [13]
Macedonia [14] Malaysia Marshall Islands
Mauritius Mexico [15] Micronesia
Monaco Montenegro [16] Nauru
New Zealand Nicaragua North Mariannes
Oman [17] Palau Panama
Papua New Guinea [18] Paraguay Qatar [19]
Russia [20] Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia
Samoa San Marino Serbia [21]
Seychelles Singapore [22] Solomon Islands
South Africa [23] South Korea [24] Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos [25] Tuvalu
Ukraine [26] United Arab Emirates United States of America [27]
Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela [28]
However, please note that whatever your situation is, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your date of departure from French Polynesia or New Caledonia and it must have been issued less than 10 years ago.

Moreover, regardless of whether or not you need a visa to enter French Polynesia or New Caledonia, you need to bring certain documents with you to be able to present them to the Border Police. See the section



2. Is a Schengen visa valid for French Polynesia ?

No, you have to apply for a specific visa. If you intend to visit both France and French Polynesia, you have to apply for two different visas.

3. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Miami.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

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IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment .

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.


Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

4. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship :

It can go from 48 to 36 hours for most nationalities up to 15 days if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bangladesh
Burma Egypt Indonesia
Iran Iraq Jordan
North Korea Lebanon Libya
Pakistan Palestinians US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Syria Yemen United Arab Emirates
Zimbabwe


Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

5. Requirements

Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.


  1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

  2. Processing fee

  3. One application form (in English, French, Spanish - filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations.

  4. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

  5. A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.
    We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders who are not resident of Caiman Islands, Bahamas or Turk & Caicos Islands. They must apply in their country of residence.

  6. If the country of final destination is not the applicant’s country of citizenship, please submit a valid visa, a resident permit, a work permit or any other document showing that the applicant is allowed to enter or reside in such country.

  7. Proof of socio-professional status :
    • letter of employment in the U.S confirming your salary, hire date, position and dates of vacation (business registration if self employed)
    • and your last 2 paystubs
    • or letter from your school or university confirming your enrollment status, attendance and expected graduation date

  8. Proof of financial means : your last 2 bank statements

  9. Your travel itinerary : you MUST BOOK your airline ticket but do not purchase until the visa has been approved.

  10. Proof of medical coverage abroad : a letter from your insurance company (NOT simply a copy of your insurance card) stating that you have international medical coverage, emergency evacuation and repatriation.
    If your insurance company does not provide this letter, you will have to purchase an international traveler’s insurance such as TravelSafe, Seven Corners, Axa assistance, MEDEX, Europ Assistance, IMG, Travelex, Insuremytrip (minimum coverage amount of 50,000 US$)… and bring the letter with you.

  11. Proof of accomodation :
    • Confirmed hotel reservations for your entire stay
    • or, if you are staying with friends or family, original of "Attestation d’Accueil" that your host has to request at the City Hall (Mairie) in France
    • For a business trip: please also provide a letter from your employer in the US or from your host company in France stating that you are in France on behalf of the company, giving the name and address of the contact person(s) in France and guaranteeing full responsibility for expenses, lodging, and return to the United States

  12. If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling without his parents:
    • notarized copy of his (her) birth certificate
    • notarized authorization from both parents allowing their child to travel to France or from the parent exercising full custody of the child according to the divorce decree.
    • if you are divorced : certified copy of divorce decree stating that you have full custody of the child(ren).

  13. In case that you do not want to pick up your passport in person, a self-addressed prepaid envelope from the US POST OFFICE (Express or Priority Mail) - FEDEX or UPS .


    Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:
Leave blank
TO:
Your full name
Your address

6. Important information

  • The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.

  • Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.

  • Please note that holders of visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter one territory.

[1only for holders of biometric passports. A visa cannot be granted to non-biometric passport holders.

[2this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia.

[3only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[4only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[5only for holders of a biometric passport

[6this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia.

[7for French Polynesia : for stays of under 15 days organized by a registered travel agency ; for both territories : for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority ; for SAR Hong Kong and SAR Macau ; for passports delivered by Taïwan, that include an identity card number

[8only for bearers of passports with the mention « European Community » or « European Union » or « the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom “ or “the holder has the right of re-admission to the UK”

[9only for New Caledonia

[10only for bearers of passports with the mention « European Community » or « European Union » or « the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom “ or “the holder has the right of re-admission to the UK”

[11only for holders of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[12this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia.

[13only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[14Only for bearers of diplomatic passports

[15this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia.

[16only for bearers of biometric passport holders

[17only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[18only for New Caledonia

[19only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[20only for bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[21only for bearers of a biometric passport unless issued by "Koordinaciona uprava"

[22this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia

[23only bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[24this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia

[25only for holders of passport bearing the mention “British Nationals (Overseas)” or “British Overseas Territories Citizens” or “British Overseas Citizens” or “British Protected Persons” or “British Subjects”

[26only bearers of an ordinary passport containing a multiple entry visa valid from 6 months up to 5 years delivered by a French consular authority

[27this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia

[28this exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a French Polynesia or New Caledonia

Dernière modification : 28/11/2016

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