||All applicants residing in India and Bhutan (Residents of Bhutan have to apply in Kolkata and nowhere else).
||Please note that visa applications cannot be processed from
applicants (including Indian nationals) not permanently residing in India.
Those visiting India and wishing to go to France from India -
even on their way back to their country of residence - need to apply for
their Schengen visa before departing from the relevant French Consulate of
their country of residence.
||The French Consulate General in Kolkata also represents Latvia for
short stay Schengen visas.
Referring to the announcement in July 2014 by H.E. Mr Laurent Fabius, French Minister for foreign affairs, from 1 January 2015, tourist and business Schengen visas for Indians citizens visiting France, are issued by the French Consulate General in Kolkata within 48 hours (2 working days).
This measure can only be applicable if files given to VFS are complete, according to the website information, if no supplementary documents are needed, if no interview is required and if no consultation is necessary with the French authorities.
At the French Application Center in Kolkata with prior appointment from 26 October 2015. Please click here to book an appointment. Please visit the application centre on the scheduled appointment date with a print out of the confirmed appointment. The address is as follows:
France Visa Application Centre
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
Rene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road,Kasba,
Landmark: Next to Acropolis Mall Kolkata, 700107, India
All applicants are required book an appointment online to submit their visa application at the France visa application center.
Important: As part of the visa application procedure, from 02 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph. If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, applicants are advised to wait until the injuries have healed before you book your appointment. Henna on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image and should be removed or allowed to fade before your appointment date.
Before you make an appointment you should carefully read the visa application process available on the website to submit your visa application and supporting documents at the visa application center.
If you have missed your appointment on the scheduled day, the system will not allow you to reschedule or cancel and you will require to book a new appointment after 24 hours.
Please make sure you arrive at the visa application center 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Applicants are not allowed to be accompanied inside the visa application center. The only exceptions to this are those accompanying children under 18 years-of-age or applicants who need special assistance for health reasons or disability.
If you are part of a family or group, each member of the family or group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children you must make 4 individual appointments.
VFS appointment system is compatible with most popular browsers.
The submission timing for applicants is 09.00 to 15.00; Monday to Friday except public holidays specified by the French Consulate in Kolkata. Processed passports can be collected from the French visa application centre between 09.00 to 15.00, Monday to Friday except public holidays.
Applicants may track the status of their application by logging on to www.vfs-france.co.in Please do not call the French Consulate or the
Call Centre to ascertain when the passport will be returned.
In some specific cases, visa applications can be submitted directly at the
French Consulate in Kolkata, only with prior appointment.
This mainly applies to the following categories:
- Diplomatic and official passport holders,
- Applicants for a visa of the spouse of a refugee in France
- Applicants for a "Regroupement Familial" (family reunion visa)
- Applicants for an adoption visa
- Applicants for a visa "De retour consulaire" (return visa)
- Applicants for a long stay visa for the spouse of a French citizen.
Important Notice: New application procedures from 02 November 2015
All diplomatic and consular Schengen missions in India will introduce Visa Information System (VIS) on 02 November 2015. This System enables better data exchange between all Schengen member states. VIS eases application procedures and improves security. Since 2011 VIS is already established in most of 23 regions worldwide. By the end of 2015 all visa sections of Schengen countries worldwide will be equipped with VIS.
For more information on VIS, please click here.
Submission of Visa application can be done by the following effective 2 November 2015:
Please note that for any submission or retrieval of passport/s to or from VFS,
an applicant/representative must carry a proof of identification (passport or
driving license or PAN card or voter-identity card). The photocopy of the
identification will have to be attached to the file at the time of its
submission. In case a representative is coming to submit the application or
collection of passport, he/she needs to carry a personal proof of
identification with his/her photo and proof establishing his/her relationship
with the applicant plus an authorized letter from the applicant.
- By applicant himself –All Indian citizens requesting a Schengen visa will have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). This concerns the applications for the short-term Schengen visas (max. 90 days in 180 days).
- Representative or Travel Agent - For subsequent applications within next 59 months the biometric data will be copied from the previous visa application included in the VIS.
A representative cannot be from a non-listed Travel Agent.
For passports submitted by a travel agency authorized by the Consulate General
of France in Kolkata, in addition to the above-mentioned procedure, please give
complete address of the travel agency, name of the managing director, his
telephone and mobile numbers and e-mail address must be provided.
For Short Stay and Long Stay visa applications: There is a service charge of Rs. 1403/- (inclusive of service tax 14.5%) and cash handling charges of Rs. 60/- levied per application over and above the visa fees. Please refer to visa fees here
If you wish your passport to be couriered to your specified address, you can
request this facility at the time of submitting your application. This service
is available for an additional fee of Rs. 300 /- (inclusive of Service tax
14.5%). The service charge and the courier fee is payable in cash at the time
of submitting your application. Applicable visa fees would be determined according to the type of visa you are
Visa fees are payable to the French visa application centre in Kolkata by Bank
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The Consulate General of France in Kolkata issues the following types of visas:
||Short stay visas for the Schengen zone (stay not exceeding 90
||Short stay visas for French overseas territories (stay not exceeding 90 days);
||Long stay visas for France (stay longer than 90 days);
||Long stay visas for French overseas territories (stay longer than 90 days).
Original passport, issued less than ten years ago and valid for at least three months after the intended return date to India from the Schengen zone. It must have a minimum of two blank pages (face to face). A photocopy of the front and back pages with applicant's address must be submitted. Copies of valid and expired visas for all Schengen countries, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, must also be shown.
It is not possible to accept passports with any written observations concerning Passport number; Surname; Given Name; Nationality; Sex; Date of Birth; Place of Birth; Place of Issue; Date of Issue; Date of Expiry. Only passports with no observations can be presented. Passports must be machine readable. Handwritten passports cannot be accepted.
Short stay visas for the Schengen
A Schengen visa authorizes you to enter the following countries:
Schengen visas must be obtained from the Embassy/Consulate of the country
where the main purpose of travel is, or where the stay is the
- Czech Republic
In case of travel to multiple Schengen countries, please make your application
to the Embassy/Consulate of the country where you will be staying for the
maximum number of days. In case of equal time stay in the Schengen states
visited, one has to apply at the Schengen country which is the first port of
Schengen short stay visas can only be processed within a minimum delay of 15
working days (Excluding day of submission at VFS). For long stay visas, the
minimum delay is 21 days.
Short stay visas for French overseas territories (DROM/CTOM):
French overseas territories are:
Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Guyana, Reunion Island,
Wallis and Futana, St Pierre & Miquelon, French Polynesia, New Caledonia
Please note that for a person who has Schengen visa issued by a French Consulate with a validity period of at least 6 months (90 days to be used within 6 months) and up to 5 years, does not require a short stay visa (less than 30 days over 3 months) to travel to the DROM/ CTOM.
These territories are now called DROM and CTOM and not DOM TOM as in the past.
Short stay visas for overseas territories can only be processed within a
minimum delay of 15 working days (Excluding day of submission at VFS).
Short-stay visa waiver for Indian tourists visiting the French Island of “La Réunion”:
In accordance to new measures taken by the French Authorities on 27 June 2014, Indian citizens travelling to the French Island of “La Réunion” with one of the following authorized travel agents
no longer need to apply for a visa prior to their departure to this particular destination, as long as their stay does not exceed 15 days.
However, travelers will have to provide the following documents on arrival at the border:
Proof of their accommodation, their financial guarantees and their valid personal medical insurance certificate, covering for medical, hospitalization and repatriation expenses for a minimum coverage of 30.000 Euros, issued by one of the following accredited insurance companies
Long stay visas for France and French overseas territories (DROM/CTOM):
Long stay visas for overseas territories can only be processed within a minimum
delay of 21 working days (Excluding day of submission at VFS).