France eases visa procedures for Indian visitors

Posted On Jan 22, 2015

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France eases visa procedures for Indian visitors
In order to open France even wider to Indian tourists, the French government has decided to drastically ease visa procedures for Indian visitors.

This facilitation is not only restricted to visa processing but also providing innovative information services especially developed for Indian nationals visiting France. Delivery of visas within 48 hours: Tourist and business visas for Indians visiting France will now be delivered by the French consulates within 48 hours (2 working days). During his visit to India in July 2014, H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Minister for foreign affairs had announced this measure to be implemented as of 1st January 2015. A text message will be sent automatically to the applicant should there be an extension of deadline due to missing documents or inaccuracies in the visa application. Ambassador Richier declared that these new measures “show that once again, France is committed to strengthening the connectivity between France and India even further at all levels. Removing barriers and hurdles is our core objective”. The number of visas delivered by French consulates in India has jumped by 33% in 2014 compared to 2013, with a total of 80,000 visas delivered from January to October – we expect to reach 90 000 visas delivered in 2014. Also commenting on the announcement about visas being issued in 48 hours, Mr. Yeshwant Pawar, General Manager, South Asia, Air France KLM declared: “We applaud this strategic move on the part of the Embassy as France is a great destination and Paris is highly popular among the new generation of Indian travelers.

We consider this as a significant move for making Paris the most accessible European capital for Indian tourists.” These new measures have been announced during a special event around the uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau at the French Ambassador’s residence. Jean Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President, operations – Accor, India said: “we are both excited and proud to be hosting the 'Beaujolais Nouveau' event at the French residence and celebrate with our partners, guests and friends a long-standing celebratory tradition. Accor is committed to India for the long-term as we build a great network of hotels to offer travellers a range of options from luxury to economy hotels at a compelling value.

We at Accor aim to position all our brands as ‘Born in France, Made in India’ to suit the needs and palate of our Indian guests.” Creation of 8 new VFS centres: H.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India has decided to open 8 new France Visa Application Centres (VFS) throughout India from 1st December 2014 in addition to the 6 already existing centres. The new centres will be located in the following cities: Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Pune, Goa, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Hyderabad and Jaipur. This extended network will enable French authorities to gain proximity to Indian applicants and to cater effectively to the increasing number of tourists wanting to visit France. Visas will be delivered within 72 hours in these new centres, to take into account the necessary transportation of visa applications to the French consulates. Visa application now possible from anywhere in India: Any Indian citizen having his main residence in India can now apply for a visa from any VFS centre in India, (whereas, previously, applicants had to go to a specific VFS centre depending on their area of residence). “ChaloParis” official travel app: “ChaloParis” is an official travel app developed for smart phones and tablets, custom-made for Indian tourists planning a French holiday. The application provides useful information on: monuments & tourist spots in Paris, restaurants in Paris with a particular focus on vegetarian restaurants & some recommendations by Rashmi Uday Singh, Paris-fan & acclaimed food-critic and shopping areas in popular districts and night-life and visits to French regions easily accessible from Paris: Normandy, the Loire Valley, Mont Saint-Michel, Bordeaux & its vineyards.

 

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