Availing a French visa in Mumbai will now be hassle-free.
The French Consulate in Mumbai has announced a temporary suspension of biometrics for visa applications to France. The suspension has come into effect from 1 July 2013. This temporary suspension will apply to all categories of visas (short-stay and long stay). Applicants will still have to secure an appointment with VFS to submit their file at the visa application centre. Applicants now need not visit the French Consulate, unless summoned for an interview.
The French Consulate has not announced the duration till which the biometrics will be suspended.
Commenting on this development, Catherine Oden, director of Atout France in India said, “This is yet another step in furthering the bilateral ties that already exist between our two countries. We hope that a positive outcome of this policy, is an augmentation in tourist arrivals from India to France. We would like to motivate all our travel industry partners to further enhance the positioning of France as a preferred tourist and business destination to their clients.”