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France Tourist Visa for Indians: A Complete Guide

Last Update: 07-02-2024

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⚡Quick Summary

France Tourist Visa Requirement

Is a visa required for France?

Yes, Indians need a Schengen visa to visit France.

France Tourist Visa Processing Time

France Tourist Visa Processing time

15 Working Days

France Tourist Visa Fees

France Tourist Visa Fees

  1. VFS charges - € 19.25 (~₹1,825)
  2. French visa fee - € 80  (~₹ 7,100)
France Tourist Visa Validity

France Visa Validity

180 Days

France Tourist Visa Stay Duration

France Visa Stay Duration

90 Days

How to Apply for a France visa

How to apply for a France visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in under 2 minutes
  2. Apply through VFS Global website.
Documents Required for France visa

Documents required for France visa

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Passport
  3. Photograph
  4. Cover Letter 
  5. Travel Insurance - € 30,000
  6. Round-trip Flight Booking 
  7. Confirmed Hotel Booking
  8. Bank Statement for the last 3 months
  9. Income tax return for the past 2 years
  10. Check out Supporting Documents
France Tourist Visa on Arrival

Does France offer visas on arrival?

France does not offer visas on arrival to Indians.

Is my French visa a Schengen visa?

Is my French tourist visa a Schengen visa?

Yes, your French visa is a Schengen visa.

Do Indian Citizens Need a Tourist Visa to Visit France?

Yes, Indians need a visa to visit France, commonly known as a Schengen type-C visa. A Schengen visa is a sticker visa (i.e., stamped on the passport) and allows the holder to stay in France and 29 other Schengen countries for up to 90 days within any 180-day period. 

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Can Indians Get a France Visa on Arrival?
  3. Types of France Visas for Indians
  4. How to Apply for a France Visa for Indians?
  5. France Tourist Visa Requirements for Indians
  6. France Tourist Visa Photo Specifications
  7. What is the France Tourist Visa Processing Time for Indians?
  8. When Should I Apply For A France Schengen Visa?
  9. How Much Is The France Tourist Visa Fee?
  10. What is the Validity of a France Tourist Visa for Indians?
  11. How to Check the Status of a France Visa Application for Indians?
  12. Do I need an Airport Transit Visa for France as an Indian?
  13. Common Reasons for France Tourist Visa Rejection
  14. What to do if My France Tourist Visa Gets Rejected?
  15. Travel Insurance for France Tourist Visa
  16. What to Do After Reaching France Airport?
  17. How to Extend Your France Tourist Visa?
  18. Tips for a Successful France Tourist Visa Interview
  19. Conclusion
  20. FAQs

Introduction

Planning on a journey to explore the rich culture of France requires careful planning, and securing a tourist visa for France from India is a crucial step. In this comprehensive guide, we simplify the process of obtaining a France Tourist Visa for Indians, covering essential details such as France tourist visa requirements, application procedures through Teleport or VFS Global, and vital documents needed. 


Whether you're opting for a short-stay visa, a Uniform Schengen visa, or a long-stay visa, we break down the steps to ensure a hassle-free experience. 


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Can Indians Get a France Visa on Arrival?

No, France doesn’t grant visas on arrival to Indians. Indians must obtain an approved and valid Schengen visa before their departure to France.

Where Should I Apply For A France Tourist Visa?

A Schengen visa allows you entry in 29 Schengen Region countries. It can become confusing for applicants to know at which Schengen country Embassy they should apply their visa at. 

The below 3 points tell you all the times when you should be applying for your Schengen visa at the French Embassy -


  1. When you plan to visit only France in the entire Schengen Region

Apply at the French Embassy if France is your sole Schengen destination.


  1. France serves as your primary point of entry in a multiple Schengen country tour 

If you plan on visiting multiple Schengen countries with comparable lengths of stay (e.g., touring France, Lithuania, and Italy), you need to initiate your visa application at the consulate of your initial entry country, which is France in this case.


  1. When primary purpose of Schengen tour is a visit to France

The primary purpose of your trip dictates at which Embassy you should be applying your visa. In case of ambiguity, particularly when visiting multiple countries, submit your application to the embassy or consulate of your first entry point into the Schengen Region.


For example, You need to apply your visa at the French Consulate, if your primary purpose involves attending a conference in France while exploring other Schengen countries.

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

Apply for your Schengen visa to France at least 30 days before your trip. Note that you can start as early as 6 months before your departure.

Types of France Visas for Indians

  1. Uniform Schengen short-stay visa: A "Uniform Schengen" short-stay visa is issued by a Schengen Area member country. It allows you to transit through or stay in part or all of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The visa will specify the territories you're allowed to visit. This type of visa is generally issued for tourism, business trips or family visits.
  2. Long-stay Visa: If you plan to stay in France for more than 90 days, you need to apply for a long-stay visa in advance, regardless of your nationality. Long stay visas can be issued for stay for an extended period for tourist or personal reasons, Carry out a professional activity, Pursue education and/or Join family members. Your long-stay visa can be valid for a minimum of three months and up to one year. If you want to stay longer, you must apply for a residence permit in a prefecture.
  3. Airport Transit Visa: Indian passport holders flying from a non-Schengen country and staying in the international zone of a French airport in mainland France while waiting for your connecting flight to another non-Schengen country, you may need an Airport Transit Visa (ATV). You do not require an airport transit visa if you are a holder of a valid Schengen visa, a national long-stay visa, or a residence permit issued by a Schengen country.

How to Apply for a France Visa for Indians?

Get Your France Visa Easily with Teleport

Getting a France visa is now hassle-free with Teleport. Follow these simple steps for a smooth France tourist visa application:


Step 1: Begin Your Application: Start your French tourist visa application through Teleport's user-friendly platform.


Step 2: Application and Payment Completion: Enter your essential travel and passport details and make your visa payment via Teleport, selecting either full or partial upfront payment.


Step 3: Document Preparation and Review: Your designated relationship manager will review and organise all necessary documents for your France visa application.


Step 4: Schedule Your Appointment: Teleport's committed relationship manager will arrange an appointment on your behalf with the VFS Appointment Centre.


Step 5: Visit VFS Centre and Submit Biometrics: Attend your scheduled appointment at the nearby VFS Visa Application Centre, where you'll submit biometrics and required documentation.


Following your appointment, choose between passport delivery via courier or personally picking it up from the visa centre.


✅ For comprehensive support, your dedicated relationship manager is here to guide you through the entire process.


Apply for your France Visa via VFS Global

Step 1: Begin your application

Visit the FRANCE-VISAS website and select "Start your visa application”.


France Visa Application Form


Step 2: Gather the required documents

Before you begin the visa application process, take a few minutes to review all the steps.

Make sure you have the following ready:

  1. Your passport
  2. Original documents and photocopies of your supporting documents
  3. 2 photos with the required specifications

Step 3: Create an Account

Now that you have all the necessary documents, it's time to begin your visa application.


To get started, you'll need to create an account on the visa application website


Once you've successfully created your account, the next steps are to verify your email address and begin completing the application form.


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Teleport’s Expert Tip:

If you made a mistake creating your account, don't worry! Simply fill out a new form. No need to delete the current form or your account.

Step 4: Book your Appointment

After submitting your visa application, it's time to book an appointment at VFS Visa Application Centre for biometric data collection, which includes fingerprints and a photo.


Once you've made the appointment, you'll receive a confirmation email along with your appointment letter.


If you're applying as a family or group, remember that each member must schedule their individual appointments.


Step 5: Pay your fees

If online payment of service fees is not an option, you'll be required to pay the service fees at the Visa Application Centre along with the visa fees during your appointment.


Step 6: Visit the Visa Application Centre

You must personally submit your fully completed visa application form and documents at one of the designated Visa Application Centers unless directed otherwise.


Step 7: Track your application

You can track your application's status on the France-visas website under the "Track your Application" section.

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Or, If you submitted your application at a VFS visa application centre, you can use the VFS online application tracking tool to check your application's status. Simply provide the following details:

  1. The reference number issued to you while making the payment at the VFS centre.
  2. Your last name.

Step 8: Collect Your Visa

Once a decision has been reached on your visa application, you can retrieve your documents and passport from the Visa Application Centre. Alternatively, if you chose a courier service during your application submission, your documents will be returned to you by the selected courier.


Refer to Visa Application Guidelines for more details.

France Tourist Visa Requirements for Indians

Main Documents Required for a France Tourist Visa Application for Indians

Original Passport

  • Two blank pages
  • Valid for three months beyond your trip’s end
  • Issued within the last ten years.
  • Include scanned copies of the first and last passport pages, as well as previous passport pages with travel history.

2 Photographs

  • 35mm by 45mm
  • Face covering 80% of the frame
  • White background
  • Taken within the last six months

Schengen Visa Application Form

Sign the application form and bring it to your appointment

Flight Bookings

Confirmation of round-trip bookings, including internal transfers within Schengen States (flight itinerary, train itinerary, or car rental details).

Hotel Bookings

Proof of hotel bookings for your entire stay in France.

Cover Letter

  • Stating the purpose
  • Travel dates of your trip, including your passport number.

Travel Medical Insurance

Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros.

Appointment Confirmation

Carry the appointment letter containing your name, appointment date, time, and location to enter the visa centre.

3 Months Bank Statement Copy

  • Recommended budget of 50 to 150 Euros per person per day of the trip.
  • The statement should be no more than 15 days old on the appointment day. Note: Bank signed and stamped statement is not a mandatory requirement

Income Tax Return

Personal Income Tax Returns for the previous 2 financial years.

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

For a smoother France visa application, consider ensuring your bank statement is both signed and stamped by bank authorities with a minimum balance of INR 3,00,000.
Supporting Documents Required for France Tourist Visa

If Employed

  • Include the Income Tax Department Return or Form 16
  • Leave NOC from the Employer
  • Provide the last three months' salary slips

If Self-Employed

  • GST certificate
  • Company registration proof
  • Company bank statement
  • Company ITR.

If Retired

Proof of retirement and regular income from property or business ownership.

If your trip is Sponsored

  • Sponsor's bank statement of the last 3 months
  • Sponsorship letter stating the amount and relationship

If a Minor

  • Birth Certificate
  • Consent Letter from Parents (Necessary only if the child is travelling unaccompanied by both parents or a single parent.)

If Married:

  • Marriage certificate copy
  • Rental/property agreement, or Aadhar card.

If Divorced

  • Divorce Papers

France Tourist Visa Photo Specifications

Photo requirements for a France visa as an Indian citizen includes

Recent Photo: Your visa photo must be no older than 6 months.


Size and Dimensions: Your visa photo should measure 35mm x 45mm (width x height) with a 80% face coverage.


Specifications for France Visa Application


Head Position: Ensure your head is fully visible and centered in the photo.


Eyeglasses and Headgear: If wearing eyeglasses, no glare should obscure your eyes. Religious headgear is allowed, but your entire face (from chin to forehead, including cheeks and ears) must be fully visible.


Quality: The photo should be in colour, high-resolution, and well-lit, with no shadows, red-eye, or reflections.

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

Make sure the photo in your passport matches exactly like the photograph you submitted with your application. To prevent any chance of rejection, remember to include a new and up-to-date photograph that matches the required specifications. In case your visa is rejected, submit a new and fresh visa specific photograph as the previous photograph can again lead to rejection.

What is the France Tourist Visa Processing Time for Indians?

The regular processing time for a France tourist visa is approximately 15 working days after your appointment at the Visa Application centre.

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

Although the standard processing time is 15 to 21 days, in our experience, many French visas are often approved within just one week.

When Should I Apply For A France Schengen Visa?

Apply for your France Schengen visa as early as possible, ideally at least 3 to 4 weeks before your planned travel date. This allows sufficient time for processing, as visa processing times can vary depending on the embassy or consulate where you apply.


  • Consider Peak Seasons: If you plan to visit France during peak tourist seasons or holidays, such as summer or major festivals, it's advisable to apply for your visa even earlier, as consulates may experience higher volumes of applications during these times.

  • Know Your Travel Dates: Have a clear understanding of your travel itinerary, including the dates of entry and exit from the Schengen area. Your visa validity will typically be based on these dates, so ensure they are accurate when applying.

How Much Is The France Tourist Visa Fee?

Fee TypeAmount

VFS Appointment Fees

1,825/-

Embassy Fees (0-6 years)

No Fee

Embassy Fees (6-11 years)

3,400/-

Embassy Fees (12+ years)

7,100/-

What is the Validity of a France Tourist Visa for Indians?

The France Visa remains valid for a period of 6 months (180 days). However, the exact validity of your visa is dependent on the discretion of the embassy.

How to Check the Status of a France Visa Application for Indians?

Track Your France Visa Application Status with Teleport

If you've applied for a France visa through Teleport, easily stay updated on your application. Get real-time status updates through WhatsApp, email, or directly from the Teleport Dashboard.

  1. Log in to the Teleport Dashboard.
  2. Find 'Your Applications.'
  3. Click on your submitted application to check its current status.

Track Your France Visa Application Status via VFS Global

You can also track your France visa application status from the VFS Global website

  1. Visit the VFS online application tracking tool.
  2. Select the country where you lodged the application
  3. Enter your application reference number issued to you while making the payment at the VFS centre.
  4. Enter your last name.

Do I need an Airport Transit Visa for France as an Indian?

Travellers who are not entering the French territory as a final destination but will travel via the French airport to catch a connecting flight to a different country need a France Airport Transit Visa. 


Generally, if you're not leaving the French airport's international zone during your layover, you may not need an airport transit visa. But if you plan to leave the airport an airport transit visa might be necessary. 


There are three types of France airport transit visas:

  • A one-way airport transit visa - This visa authorises one-way transit through a Schengen country;
  • A return airport transit visa - This authorises return airport transit through one or two Schengen countries;
  • A multiple airport transit visa - You can make several transits through one or more Schengen countries using this visa.

Common Reasons for France Tourist Visa Rejection

  1. Inadequate Documentation: Ensure you provide all necessary documents, as missing any might result in rejection.
  2. False Information: Providing incorrect details can not only lead to rejection but also future bans on visa applications.
  3. Insufficient Financial Proof: It's crucial to demonstrate enough funds (at least EUR 50- 150 Euros per person per day of the trip) to cover your expenses during the stay.
  4. Unexplained Income Sources: Clear and transparent information about your income sources is vital to avoid raising suspicions.
  5. Poor Travel History: Previous instances of overstaying visas, especially in Schengen countries, may impact your application negatively.
  6. Suspicion of Fraudulent Intent: Failing to explain your visit's purpose clearly can make officials suspicious.
  7. Criminal Record: A history of criminal activities or involvement in illegal actions can lead to visa rejection.
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Teleport's Expert Tip

Maintain a minimum of ₹ 3,00,00 in your bank account while applying for a France tourist visa.

What to do if My France Tourist Visa Gets Rejected?

According to both French and European laws, if your visa application is denied, there must be clear reasons for the decision. You have the right to challenge the refusal within 30 days. You need to appeal to the Deputy Director of Visas (BP 83609 44036 Nantes Cedex 01). 


In case you don't receive a decision on your visa application within two months from applying, it is considered an implicit refusal. In such instances, you can appeal either to the CRRV or the Deputy Director of Visas. You can appeal to the CRRV either in person, through a lawyer, or with a family member holding a mandate. Your appeal, written in French, should be sent by regular mail to:


Commission de recours contre les Décisions de refus de visa d’entrée en France

BP 83609

44036 NANTES Cedex 01

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

The French Embassy tends to take a longer response time for appeals. Hence, making a fresh application is a faster and more successful option. Ensure that you address all your reasons of visa refusal this time.

Travel Insurance for France Tourist Visa

Yes, when applying for a France visa, it is mandatory to have minimum travel insurance coverage of 30,000 Euros. It's strongly advisable for travellers to consider acquiring health insurance coverage from reputable providers such as Tata AIG, Digit Insurance, HDFC Ergo, and others.

What to Do After Reaching France Airport?

To ensure a smooth and hassle-free exit from the airport upon landing in France, consider the following steps:

  1. Prepare Your Travel Documents: Have your passport, return ticket, and hotel bookings readily available for quick verification by immigration authorities. This ensures a swift exit from the French airport.
  2. Unaccompanied Minor Guidelines: If you're an unaccompanied minor, stick with your designated flight attendant for safety. Upon arrival, identify and stay with your assigned adult .
  3. Familiarise Yourself with France's Regulations: Proceed to the customs area if you have items to declare or if your baggage needs inspection. Familiarise yourself with the Customs Regulations at the France Airport, which conducts inspections to combat money laundering and drug trafficking.

How to Extend Your France Tourist Visa?

In France, extending a tourist visa is generally discouraged and can be challenging. France Tourist Visas are typically granted for 180 days allowing for a 90-day stay, and extensions are granted only in exceptional circumstances, such as serious illness or unforeseen events that prevent departure like cancellation by a carrier due to bad weather conditions, or a strike.


If you believe you have a valid reason for extending your France tourist visa, contact the Prefecture well before your current visa expires to inquire about the possibility and process of extension. 


You will have to pay a visa extension fee amounting to €30. If your request is motivated by a reason of force majeure, French authorities may exempt you from the extension fees.

Tips for a Successful France Tourist Visa Interview

Preparing for a France tourist visa interview is crucial to increase your chances of success. Here are some tips to help you ace your interview:


  1. Complete the Visa Application Form Correctly: Fill out the visa application form accurately and truthfully. Double-check all information before submission to avoid any discrepancies.
  2. Prepare Supporting Documents: Gather all required supporting documents, including proof of accommodation, travel itinerary, financial means, travel insurance, and any other documents specified by the consulate.
  3. Provide Strong Financial Proof: Show evidence of sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in France. This may include bank statements, sponsorship letters, or income tax returns. We recommend having a minimum of INR 300,000 in your bank account while applying for a France Tourist Visa.
  4. Be Honest and Transparent: Answer all questions truthfully during the interview. If you provide false information or withhold relevant details, it can lead to current and future visa denials.
  5. Practice Common Interview Questions: Anticipate questions about your travel plans, purpose of visit, ties to your home country, and financial situation. Practise your answers to ensure clarity and confidence.
  6. Provide Clear Travel Itinerary: Present a well-defined travel itinerary, including details of your accommodation, sightseeing plans, and transportation arrangements in France.
  7. Demonstrate Strong Ties to India: Highlight your ties to India, such as employment, family, property ownership, or other commitments, to reassure the visa officer that you intend to return after your visit to France.
  8. Stay Calm and Composed: Remain calm and composed during the interview, even if you feel nervous. Speak clearly and confidently, and avoid rambling or providing excessive information.
  9. Follow-Up if Necessary: If additional documents or information are requested after the interview, promptly provide them to the consulate.

Remember, each visa application is unique, and there's no guaranteed formula for success. Thorough preparation and genuine intentions can significantly enhance your chances of obtaining a France tourist visa.

Conclusion

Acquiring a France visa can be made simple by adhering to the guidelines outlined in this guide. Ensure you fulfil the particular France tourist visa requirements relevant to your travel intentions. France's diverse culture and stunning scenery are ready for you to discover.


Wishing you safe travels and a delightful journey through France!


For a seamless France visa application process, consider using Teleport. Our intuitive platform streamlines the application process, ensures that your submission aligns with all necessary standards.


Should you have any inquiries or require any help, call us at +91 73148 52914 or reach out to us on WhatsApp.

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