Apply for a visa in India to visit France

Visa applications submitted in India are examined by the French consulates in Mumbai (Bombay), Puducherry, Kolkata (Calcutta), Bengaluru (Bangalore), and the visa section of the Embassy of France in Delhi; only the Consulates and the Embassy are authorised to take decisions about visas.

  • For short-stay visas, if you hold an Indian passport and are born in India, you must submit your application a minimum of 5 days prior to your scheduled departure.
  • If you submit your application in Kathmandu, you must submit it a minimum of 15 days prior to your scheduled departure.
  • For long-stay visas, you must submit your application 1 month prior to your scheduled departure.

You can not submit an application more than 6 months before the scheduled departure.

To make an appointment and find information about the visa application centres, please check the  “Whom should I contact ?” section.

For all special cases, as well as for the holders of official/service and diplomatic passports, residents in Nepal and Buthan, please refer to the section “Particular situations”.


Caution: Cerfa form in draft

The day of your appointment you must imperatively present your CERFA in final paper version. It must not have the word "DRAFT".

If your CERFA has the mention "DRAFT", this means that your application is not finalized on France-Visas and will therefore be refused on the day of filing.

Beware of fraudulent sites

Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer assistance in obtaining French visas.

The day of your appointment:

Attention, the day of your appointment you must print and come with your receipt. In case of absence of a document present on your receipt, your visa application can be refused.