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How to Secure Your France Visa Appointment as an Indian

Last Update: 09-02-2024

Do Indians Need to Book a France Visa Appointment?

Yes, Indians must book an France visa appointment India to submit a visa application to VFS Global visa application centre (VAC). Prior to scheduling your appointment, complete the online visa application form on the official French website France-Visas. Clearly indicate the "City of submission of application" where you intend to submit your visa application.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. When Should I Start Booking My Appointment for a France visa?
  3. How Do I Book a Visa Appointment For France?
  4. Tips for a Smooth France Visa Appointment for Indians
  5. Requirements For a France Schengen Visa for Indians
  6. Conclusion


Planning a trip to France and need a visa? Securing an appointment at the preferred time can be challenging due to the limited available slots. Consider applying with Teleport for simple and convenient France appointment booking.

Learn the ins and outs of securing your appointment with our easy-to-follow guide. For Indians, booking an appointment through VFS Global is a key step in the visa application process. Get to know the essential documents needed for a France Schengen visa, along with guidelines for your appointment day, biometrics information, and exemptions. 

If you're having trouble finding what you need, feel free to contact us. Our committed team is available to assist you. 

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Wishing you a smooth journey and safe travels to France! ✈️

When Should I Start Booking My Appointment for a France visa?

You can book your France vfs appointments through VFS Global, but it's important to note that these slots are limited and can be a bit challenging to secure. To ensure a smoother process and avoid any complications, it's highly advisable to initiate your visa application at least 30 days prior to your planned travel date. Use Teleport for a convenient and streamlined France visa application appointment booking.

How Do I Book a Visa Appointment For France?

Apply for your France Visa through Teleport (Appointment Booking Included)

If you choose to apply for a France visa through Teleport, the process becomes more streamlined as Teleport will handle the France appointment booking on your behalf. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Start your Application:

Visit Teleport's France Application portal. Initiate your visa application by clicking 'Start Application'.

Step 2: Fill in your details and pay the fees:

Enter your basic passport and travel details and proceed to pay the fees which can be either partial or full based on your choice.

Step 3: Appointment Booking

After you have filled in your details and paid the fees, Teleport will assign you a relationship manager who will book your VFS appointment on your behalf.

Step 4: Visit VFS Visa Application Centre Attend your scheduled appointment at the nearby VFS Visa Application Centre and do not forget to bring all the required documents with the appointment slip.

Step 5: Submit Biometrics:

At the centre, your fingerprints and a photo will be collected using a digital finger scanner that captures images of all 10 fingers.

If you possess a biometric Schengen visa that was issued by the French consulate within the last 59 months, your previously collected biometric data may be reused for your current application for France visa.

After your appointment, choose to have your passport couriered or pick it up personally from the visa centre.

France visa appointment available dates in India are limited and Teleport minimises complications associated with self-booking and provides a more convenient and efficient process.


Teleport’s Expert Tip

Arrive at the VFS Visa Application centre at least 30 minutes early to ensure entry, as there might be restrictions if you're late, or you may be required to pay a premium for entry.

Direct Booking Through VFS Global Visa Application Centre

For those opting to apply directly through VFS Global Visa Application Centre in India, follow these steps to book your appointment:

Step 1: Start your Application

Visit the official France-Visas website and click on "Start your visa application"

Step 2: Fill out the online visa application form

Login or create your account to fill in the visa application form and attach a photo to it as specified in the photo requirements for France visa

Step 3: Login or create a VFS account

After you complete filling your visa application form, you then need to create an account with VFS to schedule your appointment.

Step 4: Book your Appointment

After submitting your visa application, 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: Visit the Visa Application Centre

On the scheduled day, submit your fully completed visa application form and required documents at the designated VFS Global 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.

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Step 6: Pay your visa fees

Pay your VFS appointment fee i.e.  Euro 19.25 (INR 1,850/-) at the visa application centre.

Step 7: Track your application 

You can track your visa application status using the VFS online application tracking tool.


Teleport’s Expert Tip

If you're facing difficulty finding open slots for France visa application, you have the flexibility to reserve them from any location across the country, not limited to your passport or residential region. To expedite your appointment, explore different locations to discover the most suitable and accessible slot for your requirements.

Tips for a Smooth France Visa Appointment for Indians

On the day of your appointment, please follow these guidelines:

Arrival Time: Aim to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Attendance is mandatory; no one else can attend on your behalf.

Note: If you happen to miss your scheduled appointment, please be aware that rescheduling is not permitted, and no refunds will be issued for the application fee. To make changes to your appointment date, it is only possible to do so up to 5 working days before the scheduled date.

Documentation: Bring all required documents in both original and copy forms. Do not forget to bring your appointment slip, passport and Schengen visa application form.

Fee Payment: If you haven't paid your visa fee online, payment can be made at the centre.

Biometric Information Collection: At the centre, your fingerprints and photograph will be collected. This is a non-intrusive process using a digital finger scanner that captures images of all 10 digits. A digital photo will also be taken. Ensure your fingertips are free from temporary decorations like mehndi, cuts, abrasions, or other markings, as these may affect your ability to provide acceptable finger scans.

Exemptions to Biometrics:

You may be exempted from providing biometric data (fingerprints) if:

  • You are under 6 years of age (though a photo is still required).
  • If you have provided your fingerprints previously within the last 59 months.
  • The collection of fingerprints is physically impossible, supported by a medical certificate.
  • You are a Head of State, a member of national Governments, or part of official delegations travelling for official purposes.

Photograph Guidelines: Your digital photograph should display your full face. Avoid wearing sunglasses, tinted spectacles, or head coverings, unless for religious or ethical reasons. Bright-coloured clothing is recommended over light-coloured attire.

Accompanying Children: Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult (not VFS Global staff).

No Electronic Items: Avoid bringing electronic items like laptops, watches and pen drives as you might need to submit it to the authorities and it may charge you to book a locker. 


Teleport’s Expert Tip

Prepare all necessary documents in advance, including photocopies, to avoid expensive printing fees at the VFS centre. Having everything ready beforehand is advisable.

Requirements For a France Schengen Visa for Indians

Mandatory Documents

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.

Passport-Sized Photos

  • 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 and travel dates of your trip, and 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.

Income Tax Return

Personal Income Tax Returns for the previous financial year

Supporting Documents

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 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


In conclusion, securing a France visa appointment is a crucial step for Indian travellers. The process can be simplified by choosing the right approach. Teleport offers a streamlined experience by handling appointment bookings on behalf of applicants, minimising complexities. 

Alternatively, for those applying directly through VFS Global, a step-by-step guide ensures a smooth France visa appointment India booking process. Remember to adhere to documentation requirements, arrive on time, and be prepared for the biometric information collection. 

Whether opting for Teleport's assistance or the direct approach, careful preparation and understanding the guidelines will contribute to a successful France visa application experience. 

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance. Our dedicated team is ready to provide guidance and support.

Call us at +91 73148 52914 or reach out to us on WhatsApp.