Hello Friends. As preparations for our March departure continue, we did take time out to tackle a very important piece of the puzzle - Long Stay Visa. What is this you ask? It is a process the French government has to allow visitors (tourist) to apply to stay longer than the obligatory 90-day visa. We've heard all the nightmares, and we had one continue reading, complexity and the cost. But in the end, it is critical to our journey to we apply and are granted this privilege.
The first reason why is our dogs. One may not realize that here in North America, Central America and South America we are infested with rabies. These little islands are not, so they have strict rules for importing your animals. Some places require quarantines and the longer we stay in the French Polynesia, away from rabies countries, these requirements start to change. More on that in a different BLOG. Second, we are not in a hurry. We can import the boat for 2 years, why not stay as long as we can to experience the rich Polynesian culture? So how does it work. A little like this.
- Print your application and sign it. When you submit the form, you will get an opportunity to print and save the document.
- Make sure your passport meets the requirements described. They will check. Don't forget you will be surrendering your passport for up to 8 weeks!
- You must submit visa photos. The French are very particular about this. I went to this place and told the man I needed visa photos for France. He knew exactly what to do.
- You may have residency cards for Mexico, FM1 or FM2, if not you need to have a letter from the marina your boat is at stating you are living on your boat in their marina. This is where the exception I mentioned above is taking place. You must have this letter, or they will ask you to leave. I also recommend providing a copy of your valid tourist permit or FMM or the like.
- You have to provide a letter that you will not work.
- Proof of funds. We provided only the summary page, one page for each month, as proof of funds. Pay close attention to instruction regarding investment accounts. They want proof you can get to the money quickly. We transferred some money to our regular checking and provided print outs of this transaction so they could see it happened in less than 24 hours.
- Your accommodation, I assume, will be your boat. We provide a copy of the boat registration and description of our vessel.
- Health insurance. This is a real interesting one because for some reason different locations require different insurance terms. In Mexico they DO NOT require a zero deductible policy. The policy must cover 50,000 USD in medical and FULL repatriation. IMG provides a handy letter that full fills all the requirements. We went to Rodger Anthony for our IMG policy, email@example.com. Our policy had a 2500 USD deductible, and we can cancel for 50 USD. Some people go with DAN travel insurance, we choose not to. The start date of our policy is the same date as BOX 26.
- We provided a motivation letter.
an amazing place. You will need to do a couple things in advance of your appointment, while in CDMX. The first is the photos I mentioned above. Teh second is to go to PAKMAIL and buy a pre-paid Fedex envelope for the Consulate to send your passport back to you, or you will have to come back to CDMX and get it. They know exactly what you need.