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New Zealand eTA Requirements for Citizens of France

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French citizens who wish to visit New Zealand need either a travel authorization or a visa to do so.

The process of obtaining authorization to travel to the country has been significantly simplified in recent years with the introduction of the NZeTA, which can be obtained through a simple online application.

What is a New Zealand eTA for French Citizens and What Does It Do?

French citizens planning to visit the country are eligible to apply for the New Zealand eTA, also known as the NZ Electronic Travel Authority, which was introduced in 2019.

An eTA for New Zealand allows travelers from more than 190 countries, including France, to visit the country for multiple short stays.

The New Zealand eTA’s simplicity lies in the fact that applicants do not need to gather an excessive amount of supporting documents, visit an embassy, or have an in-person interview. In fact, travelers can apply for their eTA entirely online, and the process takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Is a New Zealand eTA Obligatory for Citizens of France?

Yes. All French nationals must have a valid eTA travel authorization before they can legally enter New Zealand for short stays.

An approved eTA is a multiple-entry online visa waiver which permits the holder to stay in New Zealand for a maximum of 3 months with each entry to the country. It is valid for a total of 2 years from the date of issue, or until the passport it is linked to expires, whichever comes first.

It can be used for transiting through the country, tourism, and business travel (i.e. going to conferences, holding business meetings, signing contracts, etc.).

To visit the country for longer consecutive stays or purposes such as to work or study, it is necessary to apply for the relevant type of New Zealand visa for French citizens from an embassy or consulate in advance.

New Zealand eTA Requirements for French Citizens

The New Zealand eTA requirements for French passport holders include the following:

  • A valid passport: The traveler must be in possession of a French passport that is valid for a minimum of 2 months from the date that they plan to enter New Zealand.
  • A working email address: The New Zealand eTA will be sent to the email address provided on the application. It is important to supply an email that you frequently check in order to receive any notifications regarding the eTA status.
  • A form of payment: In order to submit their application, French citizens will need to pay a small fee. In order to do so, they must have a valid form of payment, such as a credit card or debit card.
  • A photograph of the French citizen: The applicant must supply a recent photograph in digital format.

Additionally, applicants may be requested to supply proof of funds to cover the stay. As stated by New Zealand Immigration, travelers must have at least 1,000 NZD for every month that they plan to stay in the country, or 400 NZD if they have pre-booked accommodations.

Immigration officials at the New Zealand border may also ask eTA holders to show proof of onward travel, either a round trip ticket or a ticket to an onward destination.

Authorization holders are therefore advised to carry printed copies of all supporting documents, as well as a printout of the eTA, to present at border control if the need arises.

Application Steps to Obtain a New Zealand eTA from France

To apply for the New Zealand eTA, travelers from France will need to fill out the online application form, which can be completed exclusively online through any device that has an internet connection.

The New Zealand eTA application form will ask travelers simple questions about basic personal information (full name, date of birth, nationality, and contact information) and their passport (passport number and date of issue/expiry).

The second part of the eTA application for French nationals asks travelers questions about health and criminal background and if they plan to seek medical treatment while in the country.

Once you have successfully filled out the application, it is advisable to double-check the form to make sure the information provided is correct and error-free. If there are any inconsistencies on the application, New Zealand Immigration may delay or reject your eTA application.

Travelers who are visiting New Zealand with family members should note that every individual should submit their own NZeTA application (even if the family member is included on your passport).

In order to submit the application, it will be necessary to pay the New Zealand eTA fee with a valid credit card or debit card.

How Long Does it Take to Process a New Zealand eTA from France?

Thanks to its electronic format, the New Zealand eTA is usually processed within a few hours after the application has been submitted.

However, it is important to note that in rare cases, it may take up to 72 hours (3 business days) to process. For that reason, it is advisable to submit an NZeTA form for French passport holders well in advance.

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