Long-stay Visas for Non-European French Territories
Most nationalities are subject to long-stay visa requirements to stay in said territories for more than 90 days, with the exception of:
Citizens of the European Union, Monaco and Andorra, for all territories.
Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, except French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis-et-Futuna and the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF).
Apply for a visa in Australia
to visit France
Visa applicants living in Australia
and Salomon islands have to submit their application in Australia at one of the VFS GLOBAL centers regardless of their location, in Sydney
, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane
and Adelaïde by appointment only.
Visa applications submitted in Australia with VFS GLOBAL centers are examined by the Consulate General of France
in sydney, which is the only administration authorized to take decisions about visas.
During our busy periods, it can take longer to secure an appointment. we recommend you to make sure your appointment is at least :
Between 3 weeks and 6 months before the scheduled date of your departure for a short-stay visa
Between 3 weeks and 3 months before your arrival in France for a long-stay visa
For all the particular case (e.g holders of service
and or diplomatic passports, short-stay visa waiver for Australian citizen, Working-Holiday visa, etc...) please refer to the section Particular situations.
Covid restrictions are being eased but of course, the pandemic is still occurring so remains fluid: Copy of the most recent advisement below:
Temporary measures allowing the resumption of visa issuance.
The Consulate General of France in Sydney has resumed its visa activity.
The visa applicants will also have to make sure of :
The conditions for returns to their country of residence
Their right to leave australia regarding the current
travel ban in force
The issuance of a visa does not guarantee entry into a French territory, which remains governed by the restrictions applicable at the borders and access to air travel. Before applying for a visa, it is thus recommended that you check whether or not you are authorized to enter France by referring to the following link : Attestation de déplacement et de voyage.
Visa are applied for and issued in your
country of residence [or citizenship if you haven't established residency in another country], and must be issued before arrival in the country that grants the visa request.
Simply you will need to arrange for an appointment with the French embassy or consulate in Australia and complete the interview and application process.
I do not know what the backlog is for applications appointments for French visas; to apply for a USA
visa in some countries the waiting list for and visa interview appointment can be scheduled many months or even upwards of two years from tiime of initial request. Yes, the backlog can be very extended and of course there is absolutely no guarantee that a long stay visa will be issued; the interview is just one part of the process. Immigration control does not typically provide for extended stays to migrants, and sightseers, such as yachties. FP does not wish to have an influx of long stay persons, so I very much doubt visas would be issued. The islands would become way to crowded by an influx of retires, expats, etc. Typically, the country that is issuing a long stay visa is seeking to receive something of vital importance and betterment to their society, such as, professional reason; study / attend school
reason, whereas vacationing, retirement
, are NOT of interest to a country.
Covid 19 : International travel
From the onset of the crisis, the port health
control mechanism helped to protect our health
system and hold back the introduction
into the national territory of variants with alarming features.
Mobilising on a weekly basis up to 6,000 members of the civil security
service to carry out tests, border guards to check travellers’ health documents and internal security
forces to oversee the isolation or quarantine measures decreed by the prefects, this mechanism was duly adjusted in response to the changing health conditions and Community regulations
In light of the latest developments in the pandemic, the port health control system has been discontinued, pursuant to the law terminating the emergency
measures instituted to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Accordingly, the rules previously applied to travellers to France no longer apply effective from 1 August 2022:
Travellers are now exempt from any formalities prior to entry into France, be it in mainland France or overseas, and no longer required to present a health pass, regardless of the country or place of departure;
Justification of travel (the “compelling reason”) is no longer required;
Travellers are no longer required to present a sworn statement of non-contamination and an undertaking to undergo an antigen test or screening upon arrival in the country.
The same applies to travel between mainland France and each of the overseas territories.
Similarly, the French authorities no longer require any justification for outgoing travel from France, be it from mainland France or overseas, or any exit clearance to travel to another country.
However, foreign countries may continue to apply specific entry measures and formalities.
For information on the health rules for entry into another country, travellers are invited to consult the “travel advisory” section of the French Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs website.
Lastly, the law allows the Government
until 31 January 2023 to trigger “emergency brake” measures for a period not exceeding two months, acting on advice
from the National Authority for Health, should a new COVID-19 variant appear and circulate that is likely to pose a serious health threat or, in the specific case of overseas territories, where there is a risk of saturation of the health system.