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Attention Visa applicants

Please note that, effective 26 June 2017, the travel agents and representatives coming for enquiries and submission of VIS cases will be allowed in the France Visa Application Centre in Mumbai only between 14:00 – 15:00 on their day of appointment. The appointment time in this case will not be taken into consideration however, the submission has to be done only on the given appointment date.

Visa applicants are hereby informed that duly completed applications may be submitted three months onward prior to the confirmed travel date. As applications peak during the months of April through July, it is advisable to apply well in advance. This will help towards the smooth organisation of your trip to France.

Update from The Consulate General of France in Mumbai regarding Mauritania Visa.

Although France still represents Mauritania, due to the difficulty of obtaining the prior approval of the Mauritanian authorities before issuing a visa representation, the regular short stay visa applicants are requested to make their Visa applications on arrival at the post of Mauritanian border (Apply for Visa-On-Arrival).

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.

Applicants applying from 02 November 2015 for a Schengen visa will need to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph). This is a simple and discreet procedure. To read more, click here.

Premium Service Lounge (Optional)

The VFS Premium Service Lounge facility is available at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai. The Premium Lounge Service includes:
  • Separate lounge with personalized service by dedicated staff
  • Refreshments
  • Faster submission of applications at the visa application centre
  • Courier return of passport
  • SMS alert on the status of your application
  • Photo booth and photo copying service of your documents
Important note: Your visa application will be processed and decided by The Consulate General of France, Mumbai. Use of the Premium Service Lounge does not affect the processing time of your application. All applicants will be required to follow the instructions on applying for a visa, which can be found on the ‘Home Page’ on this website.

What does it cost?

The Premium Service Lounge facility costs Rs.1250 (inclusive of taxes) per application. This charge is in addition to the visa application fee.

How do I book?

To book an appointment kindly mail us at

Passport Collection Process:

The Consulate General of France in Mumbai has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s) from VFS Visa Application Centre. With effect from 2 February 2015, third party collection of the passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:

  • Immediate Family Member (i.e. Parents, Children, Siblings)
  • One member of a group collecting for the entire group
  • A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials if authorized on the Govt. letter head or department
  • Representative of a company - Authorization letter on the letter head of the company and the official ID card
If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents
  • Photocopy of Govt. ID card
  • Original ICR
  • Authorization Letter from applicant

Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above should pay a compulsory courier charge (INR 300/-) at the time of submission.

The applicants are requested to mention the complete delivery address on the covering letter. In case no specific address is mentioned on the covering letter, the passport will be sent to the address mentioned on the Visa Application Form.

This procedural change is to ensure the safe and secure return of documents to applicants.

Applicant's passport will NOT be couriered to their travel agencies 'addresses as directed by the Consulate.

Click here to download the Courier and SMS request form for Business address


Click here to download the Courier and SMS request form for Residential address

The Consulate of France, Mumbai 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, applicants can also apply at the below mentioned France Visa Application Centers:
  • France Visa Application Center in Ahmedabad
  • France Visa Application Center in Goa
  • France Visa Application Center in Pune
Please note:

All applicants residing in India can now apply at any France Visa Application Centre in India (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Ahmedabad, Pune, Goa, Hyderabad and Cochin) effective 30 October 2014.

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.

Important update from the Consulate General of France in Mumbai

The travel agencies need to inform their clients about the requirement of producing certain valid documents while presenting themselves at the border, conforming to the Article L211-12 ° of the Law governing the Entry and Residence of Foreigners and the Right to Asylum (CESEDA): “In order to enter France, all foreigners must hold, subject to international conventions, proof of accommodation as mentioned in Article L. 211-3, if required, and all other documents as decreed by the Council of State related, on the one hand, to the purpose and conditions of his/ her stay and on the other hand, if applicable, to the cover provided by an approved insurance company for the medical and hospital expenses, including welfare, that may be incurred if s/he requires medical attention in France and to the guarantee of his/ her repatriation; "

Important notice:


Dear Applicants/Representatives/Travel Agents for Consulate General of France, Mumbai

As per the instructions of the Consulate General of France, Mumbai, VFS Global will not accept any visa application for France on behalf of any applicant from :

1. Visa Consultancy Services (VCS) having theirs office/s in Mumbai at its France Visa Application Center/s in Mumbai (with effect from 25 September 2013)
2. Luft Holidays having theirs office/s in Mumbai at its France Visa Application Center/s in Mumbai (with effect from 21 January 2014).

Since July 2013, French authorities have decided to facilitate travel to France for all Indian citizens who have studied in France. From then, all Indian citizens residing in India who have graduated from a French higher education institution subsequently applying for a tourist or business short stay visa for a trip to France, will be given a visa with a long period of validity – up to five years (subject to passport validity date) if the studies in France were at the Master or PhD levels.

Important: Please note that, all the mandatory documents have to be provided at the time of application submission at VFS Global. The Consulate may reject the visa in case of incomplete documentation.
The visa fee and service charge are payable in cash or debit card/credit card at the time of submitting your application.

Submission of Visa application and collection of passports can be done by the following:

   1) Applicant themselves
   2) Authorized representative (In case of previous VIS)
   3) Authorized travel agents (In case of previous VIS) (Collection is not possible by the travel agents)

Important Notice:

Click here for latest Schengen States Consular Representations approved list of Indian Travel Insurance Companies providing Travel Insurance for Schengen Visa Procedure.

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.

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 and Mayotte.

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

Click here

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

Click on respective purpose of travel from the links below for more details:

Effective immediately Consulate General of France in Mumbai will stop issuing the "Ordinary Transit visas" (B type). Instead all applications for Ordinary Transit visa “B Type” (Including Seaman Transit Visas) will be issued "Business Schengen visas" (C type)