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France Visa for Indians
Written by Dikshya Shaw on July 27, 2023 Share on

France Visa For Indians

France is considered a major international power. In addition to this rank, the country is also viewed as an idyllic destination, offering a host of activities to travellers. Also, it has always been a country of historical importance. France is renowned as a country of high knowledge and education. It consists of several intellectuals considering it to be a paradise for art and artists alike. Because of all these, France is on the bucket list of most people along with some selected countries of Europe. But visiting France is not an easy task, for a French Visa is necessary to experience all that it offers. Read this blog to know about all the required documents to apply for a France visa for Indians.

Also Read: How to apply for a visa to France for Indian passport holders?


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How To Get A France Visa For Indians?

How To Get A France Visa
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Individuals keen to visit France need to follow these simple steps to get a visa:

  1. Appointment – The first step is to schedule an appointment with the visa office. For this, you need to go through the official website of the visa application centre, where you can do pre-booking. Appointments are taken from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm, in either New Delhi, BangaloreMumbai, Kolkata or Chennai.
  2. Application form – Once you have booked an appointment, make sure that the application form is duly filled. You can download the form from the VFS website.
  3. Verification – You will be able to sit for the interview on the date provided by officials. Approval of the visa will take place only if all documents are in place and other requirements are met.

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France Visa Application

France Visa Application
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You can get two different visas from the French Embassy/Consulate in the country, namely short-term and long-term visas. If you are a tourist or an individual who wishes to visit the country on business, a short-term visa is the best for you. However, if you are an individual looking to stay in France for an extended period, you should get a long-term visa.

You will have to provide details like your name, nationality, date of birth, the purpose of visit, duration of stay, occupation, employment details etc. After this is done successfully, the Embassy/Consulate will process an application. There will be a direct submission of the form when you go for your appointment.

Documents Required For France Visa For Indians

Documents Required
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If you are looking forward to visiting France, you will need to submit the following documents to process the visa application:

  1. Original Passport – Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 3 months after the trip. Also, it should have a minimum of 2 blank pages.
  2. You should submit photocopies of the address and photo in the passport (2 copies).
  3. You will have to submit photocopies of visas for USUK or Schengen nations, if available.
  4. Your application form should be duly filled.
  5. You need to have at least 2 of the latest passport size photographs.
  6. You should have one duly signed cover letter.
  7. Carry a photocopy of the hotel booking/sponsorship certificate.
  8. Also, carry a photocopy of your travel itinerary.
  9. Proof of income – It should be through copies of IT returns, and updated bank statements of the last 3 months.
  10. Have a photocopy of the insurance policy (international insurance). Also, have an original as it will be required for verification.
  11. You have to have a photocopy of the air tickets.
  12. One duly filled and signed visa insurance form.
  13. If you are a minor travelling alone, your parents/guardians should authorise the same through relevant authorities. With this, it is required to submit a copy of the ID of the parent.
  14. If you are a student applying for a student visa, you should provide proof of enrollment.
  15. No Objection Certificate (NOC) is required from the employer/college.
  16. If you are a married couple wishing to travel to France, you should provide your marriage certificate.
  17. A birth certificate is necessary for children under the age of 18 years.

The documents may vary depending on the type of visa applied. Also, know you could require to bring additional documents on a case to case basis.

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Additional Documents Required For France Visa For Indians

Additional Documents Required
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If you plan to work or study in France for fewer than 90 days, you need to submit additional documents to obtain your visa:

  1. You need to have an employment contract.
  2. The current bank statement is also required.
  3. Carry a no objection letter from your Indian employer.
  4. Also, carry an income tax return.

If you are self-employed, you will need to submit the following documents to get your visa:

  1. Firstly, you will need an income tax return.
  2. Secondly, you will require a company bank statement.
  3. Thirdly, you should carry a license.

If you are a student, you will need to submit the below documents to get your visa:

  1. You will need proof of enrollment at an educational institution in France.
  2. no objection letter from your current Indian institution.

If you plan to study in France for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a national study visa:

  1. You will have to provide evidence of your enrollment.
  2. Also, you have to provide evidence of your plans to reside in France.

If you plan to work in France for more than 90 days, you will need to provide:

  1. Evidence of a salaried employment contract. 

If you are highly skilled or earn high salaries like €55,200, you can apply for an EU Blue Card. It is for entitling you to work across the European Union. If this is not the case, you should check that your qualifications and skills match the requirements for your entry. In case you are studying, it is possible to apply for a work permit to work during your stay.

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France Visa Fees For Indians

France Visa Fees
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The fees depend on the type of visa an individual is applying for. You will get to know about this from the following list:

  1. If the visa type is airport transit, the fees is INR 4,412.
  2. For ordinary transit (short-term) type, the fees is INR 4,412.
  3. For applying for a long-term student visa, you have to pay INR 3,676.
  4. The fees for a long-term visa is INR 7,279.
  5. To get a short-term children (between 6 to 12 years) type visa, you need to pay a fee of INR 2,574.
  6. For the citizens from African nations, the fees is INR 4,412.
  7. If it is a DOMs (Départements d’outremer) type, the fees is INR 4,412.
  8. If you have a TOMs (Territoires d’outremer) type, the fees is INR 662.

The price in INR is subject to change with changes in currency rates. In addition to the above-mentioned fee, a service charge of INR 1,467 will also be levied.

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France Visa Status Tracking

France Visa Status Tracking
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If you have applied for a visa and completed your appointment, you can check your visa status online. Also, with this, you will have to submit your receipt number and date of birth to see the updated status.

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Tips for Your France Trip

  1. Keep French fashion in mind. Pack clothes that match the simple and elegant style of France. Have clothes that are versatile and chic.
  2. Check the weather before travelling to France. Paris can become fairly hot in summer, so be prepared by packing light-coloured clothing made of loose material. You can experience quite a bit of rainfall from April through August.
  3. Enjoy an Apéritif or a Digestif. France sometimes provides the best drinks before or after a delicious meal. An apéritif is a pre-meal drink, which is usually enjoyed among friends. A common digestif is a post-meal drink, which is also an espresso.
  4. Shop at outdoor markets. You can save money and retain the French experience by shopping at outdoor markets. Here, most towns have an outdoor market or “marché en plein air.” 
  5. Follow the Tour de France. If you are a fan of cycling, you will like to follow a route that takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of France. Tour de France is an annual event that takes place in July with a route through several notable cities and sites.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Your France Tour

Does France have travel restrictions still now?

The usual travel restrictions, such as visas, duration of stay etc. apply still now. If you show symptoms of Covid-19 upon arrival in France, quarantine or isolation is necessary.

How long does my passport need to be valid to travel to France?

Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave France or any other Schengen country.

Is Uber available in France?

Yes, Uber is available in France and France’s other major cities. However, it’s usually easier and cheaper to get a taxi. 

Is tipping compulsory in France?

In cafes and bistros, a service charge is included in the final bill. If you think the service was exceptional, leave a 5–10% tip. You don’t have to tip taxi drivers, but it is customary to leave a tip if they help you with your bags.

Will my credit and debit cards work?

Yes, your credit and debit cards will work depending on your bank or card provider. And also, always make sure to alert your bank and card providers before you leave for France.

Glamourous France escapade for the fashionistas

Travelling to France has never been so easy! Follow the simple steps mentioned in this ‘France Visa For Indians’ blog, and you can get to tour France in a hassle-free way. Nothing is stopping you from visiting the Eiffel TowerLouvre MuseumChamps-Élysées and many more incredible places. Check the website Pickyourtrail to know more about France. Also, here you can find pre-packaged France packages. Moreover, you can also choose from International tour packages, which suits you the most.

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