Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 17-01-2013, 22:35   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW BC Canada
Boat: Dufour35 1982
Posts: 779
Images: 5
French Poly Visa

Any advice about getting a french Poly visa in Vancouver? Mrs is Thai so not as simple as it could be. They also insist that you get the visa within 3 months of your proposed visit.
__________________

__________________
NorthPacific is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-01-2013, 23:53   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 650
Re: French Poly Visa

Many travel agencies will arrange sending the passport, visa application, and consular fees to the appropriate consulate for a reasonable fee. Many even fill out the application for you.
__________________

__________________
mcarling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-01-2013, 09:37   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW BC Canada
Boat: Dufour35 1982
Posts: 779
Images: 5
Re: French Poly Visa

Don't think that will work anymore. The only communication you have Imm gration is with email. They will not answer letters, the phone or personal counter visits. Unfortunately the one officer employed there has not answered my email.


To get a visa now you have to attend in person at a computer generated time. (Bio-visa ) system. This is from the nation that invented bureaucracy.
__________________
NorthPacific is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-01-2013, 19:44   #4
Registered User
 
Livia's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Boat: Currently boatless
Posts: 637
Hi NorthPacific,

We are in process of applying for ours in Vancouver right now. We had the meeting and the application is, we believe, on its way back from French Poly right now. Do you have a specific question we might be able to help with?
Livia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-01-2013, 21:08   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW BC Canada
Boat: Dufour35 1982
Posts: 779
Images: 5
Re: French Poly Visa

Hi Livia,

This is an email I sent to the Vancouver Office and the reply I got back.

Could I have clarification of the following please,

1) I have EU and Canadian Citizenship I do not need a visa for French Polynesia for up to 90 day stay.

2) My Thai partner does need a visa.

3) She is living in BC Is it allowed that she applies for French Polynesia visa in Vancouver?

As we are sailing from BC to the Marquises we can only guess at our arrival date.

3) In our situation is the maximum application time prior to arrival in French Polynesia will still be 3 months?

4) are there any regulations that I need to know for entry to French Polynesia by Sailing Vessel?

Thank you for your consideration.

I got this back!


residents of BC must apply for their visas in Vancouver. If you do not know the exact date of your entry in Polynesia, please provide a tentative earliest date for your arrival.
You may apply starting 3 months before your intended arrival.
For customs regulations, please refer to the official French Polynesia authorities.


So I finish work at the start of July. We will leave July 1 if possible. As we live in the North it is a pain (an expensive one )to travel down. However we will do what we must LOL. So any info like : do you have to have medical and boat insurance. Lockable booze locker? Who are the official French Polynesia Authorities?

ANy help greatly appreciated?

Steve and Luksana
SouthPacificEngagement.com

(More of a Thai Cooking and Golden Retriever site at the moment.)

All the best from the North Coast
__________________
NorthPacific is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-01-2013, 06:49   #6
Registered User
 
Livia's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Boat: Currently boatless
Posts: 637
I thought you meant a long stay visa so I am going to be less helpful. Sorry.

Have you already read the visa and yacht entry information for FP from noonsite.com and pacificpuddlejump.com? Most of your latter set of questions are answered in the yacht info brochure the FP government has made available electronically. A copy is on the PPJ site. They will seal booze overage amounts upon request.
Livia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 16:13   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Home port is San Diego, California but currently cruising the East Coast of the USA.
Boat: Contest 48
Posts: 637
Images: 1
Re: French Poly Visa

I just read on The global site for cruising sailors — Noonsite that the French government has lifted the 90-day visa limitation for yachties and replaced it with an 18-month visa, effective 27 March, 2013.

This is huge to all foreign nationals who were limited to a 90-day stay previously. The hoops and circles that one had to jump through to get the 6-month visa were ridiculous, like having a letter from your home police department stating the nature of your character and a copy of your marriage license, all translated into French. Not to mention two trips to the French consulate nearest to your home.

We actually overstayed our visas by a couple of weeks when we were there.

Fair winds and calm seas.
__________________
nhschneider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 17:46   #8
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2005
Boat: Outbound 44
Posts: 4,580
Re: French Poly Visa

I just looked at the Noonsite comments and then Google translated the referenced French Polynesian law. In the translation this appears to only apply to Customs, not immigration. So your boat can stay 18 months, but it says nothing about the immigration and the crew.
__________________
Paul L
http://svjeorgia.blogspot.com
Paul L is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 18:43   #9
Registered User
 
Teknav's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Texas - USA
Boat: Twin Otter de Havilland Floatplane
Posts: 1,838
Re: French Poly Visa

Who can afford to stay a month in French Polynesia, let alone several months? There is nothing cheap about these islands; except coconuts, fish, watermelon, french baguettes, cheese and Bordeaux wine. French Polynesia is a feast to your senses, but very very pricey to visit. If you can afford it, sail away! Mauritz
__________________
Teknav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 19:52   #10
Registered User
 
Jimbo485's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: some ocean down under
Boat: Kelsall Suncat 40
Posts: 1,247
Re: French Poly Visa

The locals in the Marquesas were asking us for rum and bullets. We could help with the rum for bartering, but not the bullets. So if you stock up on enough rum in Panama, you can lower some of your costs in Fr Polynesia. And the gun toters can do their thing with bullets. The locals specifically wanted .22 bullets and shotgun ammo (whatever that is). Good luck with the local laws and the jail if you go down that path!
__________________

Jimbo485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 20:07   #11
Senior Cruiser
 
Lancerbye's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ladysmith,BC, Vancouver Island , Canada
Boat: Lancer 44 Motorsailer
Posts: 1,757
Images: 32
Re: French Poly Visa

Are you stopping in the US or Mexico on route? Your Mrs. will also need a visa to enter the US I think. I had a planned to go on a short vacation to the US at Xmas time but since my wife is from the Phillipines and has only a PR she needed a visa. I got the same BS as you. Since I am presently residing in NE BC the cost of flying to Vancouver and returning with my wife and daughter was going to be around $2300. I cancelled my plans to go to the US for a vacation. So much for Embassy services. The cost of going down for a stupid interview was more expensive than the trip itself.
__________________
The basis of accomplishment is in never quitting
Mengzi Meng-tse
Lancerbye is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 22:21   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW BC Canada
Boat: Dufour35 1982
Posts: 779
Images: 5
Re: French Poly Visa

Hi Lancerbyr,
No stopping unless broken or scared or both!

Luksana will have to "book" her time travel 29 hours by bus and then do a turn around. and travel back.
__________________
www.SouthPacificEngagement.com
NorthPacific is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2013, 23:27   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 382
Re: French Poly Visa

Your email says resident of BC, not citizen of Canada and your wife is a resident of BC, yes? It t would seem to me you could both apply in Van. Also it says 3 months before your intended date of arrival. So you could intend to arrive on x date for the purposes of the visa but I can't imagine you'd be turned away if you arrived earlier or later. I guess what you'd need to know is if there is an expiry to the visa.
__________________
terminalcitygrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-04-2013, 00:40   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW BC Canada
Boat: Dufour35 1982
Posts: 779
Images: 5
Re: French Poly Visa

It is how they " french embassy word it" I emailed again for clarification. I am fine not because I am Canadian or resident in BC but that I am also European Union (ist). So no visa required. They want the earliest and latest date of arrival, and we should time our interview accordingly. The problem may be that they could be sticky and say that her visa expired on such a day.

We are going to join the Puddle Jumpers and pay the $350 fee to the brockers for her and then relax, hopefully they will smooth things out. Still a pain to have to travel down to Van just for a bloody rubber stamp. Still the French did invent modern Bureaucracy!
__________________
www.SouthPacificEngagement.com
NorthPacific is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-04-2013, 00:59   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW BC Canada
Boat: Dufour35 1982
Posts: 779
Images: 5
Re: French Poly Visa

Lancer bye,

Just a whine! Sort of gets the goat how a internal trip to Vancouver can cost more than a trip to Europe or Asia!
__________________

__________________
www.SouthPacificEngagement.com
NorthPacific is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:03.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.