Norwegian nationals are subject to a special regime (neither EU citizen nor third country)
- Visa exemption to enter and stay in French Polynesia for three months per six-month period.
- Need to apply for a long stay visa from a consular authority for a stay of more than three months.
About working ?
Norwegians do not benefit from the free movement of workers in French Polynesia and they must request a work permit to exercise a salaried activity.
Concerning the right of residence of Norwegians in Polynesia
The website of the High Commission of the Republic of French Polynesia distinguishes two categories of foreigners.
- Nationals of an EU country;
- Nationals of a country which is not part of the EU.
Norway is not a member of the EU as such but being part of the EEA, Norwegian nationals benefit most of the time from the same rights as nationals of EU member countries.
I sent an email today to the prefectural services to know if they consider Norwegian nationals as nationals of an EU member country.
Concerning the right to work for Norwegian nationals in Polynesia
The prefectural authorities require that foreigners (also EU nationals) apply for a work permit.
The application for a work permit must be made on the website of the employment, training and professional integration service, which can be consulted here: https://www.sefi.pf/SefiWeb/SefiPublic.nsf/ContenuWeb/PermisTravail?OpenDocument
Consequently, Norwegians do not benefit from the free movement of workers in French Polynesia.
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