Apply ForVISA to France
The Embassy of France, New Delhi is pleased to introduce a new facility to meet the ever-increasing demand for French Visa among Indians. It is our constant effort to provide greater comfort and convenience to our visa applicants.
From 21 April, 2005 applicants residing in the National Capital Territories of Delhi, States of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and the Union Territory of Chandigarh wishing to apply for the French visa will be required to submit their applications after taking a prior appointment at the France Visa Application Centre at No 15-26 Block E 2nd Floor, International Trade Tower, Nehru place, New Delhi - 110 019,, Monday to Friday except holidays.
SCHENGEN visa has to be obtained from the Consulate of the country where the MAIN PURPOSE OF TRAVEL lies. W.e.f. 12th December 2008, Switzerland has also joined the Schengen treaty making it a total of 25.
The list of Schengen countries are as follows:
Note: In case of travel to multiple Schengen countries, please make your application to the Embassy where you will be staying for the maximum number of days.
Submission of Visa application and collection of
passports can be done by the following:
1) Applicant himself.
2) Travel Agents authorized by Embassy of France, New Delhi.
Please note that for any submission or retrieval of passport/s to or from VFS ,an applicant/representative has to necessarily carry a copy of the identification (passport or a 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 needs to carry a photo id of himself and a proof establishing his relationship with the applicant and an authority letter from the applicant. In case the representative is from company the authority letter should be on company letter head and the representative should also be holding photo ID card issued by company
A representative cannot be a non listed Travel Agent.
In case the passport is submitted by a travel agency authorized by The Embassy of France, New Delhi in addition to the above-mentioned procedure, complete address of the travel agency, the name of the managing director, his phone, mobile numbers and e-mail address would also have to be provided.
A decision on an admissible application must be taken within 15 calendar days from the date on which it was lodged. In exceptional cases, this time limit may be extended. So far as possible, the processing time will be reduced. Applicants will have to sign the declaration in case their travel is less than 15 calendar days from the date of submission.
SCHENGEN STATES CONSULAR POSTS’ APPROVED LIST OF INDIAN TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANIES
PROVIDING TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCES FOR SCHENGEN VISA PROCEDURE
Consular Posts of Schengen States approved specific travel medical insurance policy schemes for corporate travels of travel insurance companies on this list with 70 years of age as upper limit of appropriate coverage. However, acceptance of travel medical insurance policy schemes for group travels (e.g. tour or incentive groups) with 70 years of age as upper limit of appropriate coverage is conditioned on that Consular Posts of Schengen States would be able to check the coverage of individual members of these groups in the Travel Insurance Portals of Non-Life Insurers of the General Insurance Council (online verification tool).
Visa applicants are advised to note that other travel medical insurances issued by Indian insurance companies are not accepted for Schengen visa procedure. However, visa applicants may seek to obtain insurance in any other country where claims against the insurance company would be recoverable in a Schengen State.
Visa applicants for a Schengen visa for one or two entries shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen States. Visa applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit. In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays. The insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Schengen States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30 000. Applicants shall, in principle, take out insurance in their country of residence. Where this is not possible, they shall seek to obtain insurance in any other country. When assessing whether the insurance cover is adequate, consulates shall ascertain whether claims against the insurance company would be recoverable in a Schengen State.
The Declaration needs to be submitted in original and has to be signed by the applicant
For the individual applications no appointment is required whereas for the representatives and authorized Travel Agents the appointment is required for submitting the documents in the Visa Application Centre.
Appointments can be taken online at www.vfs-france.co.in or by telephoning the France Visa Call Centre (phone number: +91 022 67866014). The Internet facility is available 24x7 while the phone-in facility is available 08:00am - 17:00 hours Monday-Friday.
All applications for DOM which include Guadeloupe(St Marteen), Martinique, Guyana and Reunion and TOM which includes Wallis and Futana, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, French Polynesia, Nouvelle Caledonia and Mayotte will submit their application with prior appointment at the France Visa Application Centre at No 15-26 Block E 2nd Floor, International Trade Tower, Nehru place, New Delhi - 110 019, Monday to Friday except holidays.
“All applications for the African Countries which include Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Mauritania, Togo, Gabon & Centrafrique will submit their application directly at the French Embassy between 0930 Hrs to 1030 Hrs daily. For some specific cases, the visa applications could be directly submitted at the French Embassy with prior appointment.
For further details on the same, please contact the French Embassy at:
Foreign citizen residing in India requesting a visa to go to France are requested to refer to the following link to check whether he/she is required to get a visa before travelling
"Visa applications can't be processed and accepted from people (including Indian nationals) visiting India and wishing to go to France from India -even on their way back to their country of residence-. Should they want to visit France while visiting India, they need to request their Schengen visa before departing their country of residence. If there is an emergency reason for going to France while in India, the applicant has to get in touch with VFS and explain the case"
Diplomats, Official Passport holder, members of United Nation and other applicants can submit their application directly at the Embassy of France from Monday to Friday between 0930 Hrs to 1030 Hrs. Applicants for long stay visa will submit their applications only at the French Embassy In New Delhi from Monday to Friday between 0930 Hrs to 1030 Hrs.
Students to submit visa application through prior appointment at France Visa Application Centre at No 15-26 Block E 2nd Floor, International Trade Tower, Nehru place, New Delhi - 110 019,, Monday to Friday except holidays 00 Hrs after completion of interview with
72, Lodhi Estate, Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110003
Tel: 011 43048128
W.E.F. 01/11/2006 all applicants except first time traveler (traveling first time to a Schengen country) while applying for a French visa will be required to fill Visa Insurance Undertaking form in addition to the visa application form.
- Important-Passport which is more than ten years old as on date of visa application will not be accepted for visa processing. Passport should be valid for at least three (3) months longer than intended stay. Also applicants should attach expired passports with their valid passport.
Click on respective purpose of travel from the links below for more details: