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  • 23 June 2019

    • Update 21 May 2019 - It has been decided by the Embassy of India to compulsorily capture the biometrics of overseas citizens of India (OCI) applicants during registration as OCI cardholders. All applicants are therefore advised to kindly give their biometrics at the time of submission of their applications at VF Services.
    • Please note that Appointment Scheduling Application will be under Maintenance From 07:00 To 18:00 on 25 May 2019.
    • Update 19 February 2019 – Visa applications

      When applying for an Indian visa, applicants are requested to disclose details of all passports (current/old) held by them. Failure to do so may result in rejection of their applications by the Embassy of India, Paris.

    • Declaration Form required from all applicants

      All applicants must sign the Declaration Form and submit it with their application. In case of minors, one of the parents can sign this form and indicate “Mother” or “Father” next to the signature.

    • Update 17 December 2018 – information regarding medical care in India. Please click here
    • Beware of fraudulent job offers. For more details – click here
  • 20 February 2019

    • Swiss passport holders going for tourism

    Please be informed that if you are holding a Swiss passport and applying for a visa to India you must provide your travel itinerary/flight ticket to India

  • 20 February 2019

    • Official information from the Embassy of India regarding Sat phones

    "The use/operation of any Telegraphic services/devices, including wireless is regulated by the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. Anyone using any telegraphic devices, including Thuraya / Irridium Satellite phone un-authorised, violates Section 4 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and can be penalised under section 20 and 21 of the said Act.

    Any foreigner intending to bring satellite phone into India would have to obtain prior license/permission of Department of Telecommunications and in case of import of a satellite phone as a cargo, a declaration is to be given by the person importing the goods about details of goods. Satellites phones brought in baggage/hand baggage without licence would be detained/confiscated till such time the holder is able to produce a license issued by the Department of Telecommunications.”

  • 13 April 2015

    Implementation of the scheme for provision of biometric data for visitors to india deferred

    The requirement of providing biometric data by visa applicants at the time of submitting their visa application forms was scheduled to be implemented with effect from 1 May 2015. It has now been decided to defer this implementation until further notice.

    Therefore there is no requirement to visit the application centre in person and any third party can apply on your behalf.

  • 18 July 2014

    Travel Document holders (Titre de voyage)

    Please note that the Indian Embassy, Paris does not accept applications for French Travel Document (Titre de Voyage) holders of the following origins:

    1. Afghanistan
    2. Chinese
    3. Taiwanese
    4. Iranian
    5. Pakistani
    6. Somalian
  • 22 May 2014

    Applicants holding more than one valid passport.

    Applicants holding more than one valid passport (whether it is of a same or different nationality) must submit them while applying for a visa to India.

  • 22 March 2014

    Applicants born in India or Indian by birth:

    All applicants of Indian origin (born in India) that were granted a nationality other than Indian by birth must provide one of the following documents when applying for a visa to India:

    • A copy of their first passport (proving it was delivered in India)
    • Or
    • A copy of their Nationality certificate specifying that they have obtained their current nationality by filiation/birth, this certificate must specify an address of residency in India
    • Or
    • Sworn Affidavit (that can be obtained from the Embassy of India or a court of appeal).

    All applicants who have held an Indian passport in the past must provide:

    • A copy of their "Surrender Certificate"
    • Or
    • A copy of their cancelled Indian passport
    • Or
    • Sworn Affidavit (that can be obtained from the Embassy of India or a court of appeal).
    If you are not able to provide one of the above mentioned, you must go to the Indian consulate to get a Sworn Affidavit.
  • 21 August 2013

    Dual Nationality

    For applicants holding two passports of different nationalities, both passports must be provided when applying as well as the reference form and the referral fees.

  • 21 August 2013

    Additional information

    All modifications made on the online application form must be counter-signed by the applicant.
    Signatures on the application forms must be originals, no scanned copy can be accepted.

    For tourist visas 6 month multiple entries in no longer given as default, applicants can be granted a lesser duration if a lesser duration is written on the application form and/or if the consular services do not wish to grant t that duration. In such cases, visa fees remain unchanged.

    Durations written on the form must match that of the letters attached to the file.

  • 14 December 2011

    Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs (Consular Division)’s advisory on visas for surrogacy arrangements:

    Any foreign national applying for a visa to India intending to enter into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of his/her country permits surrogacy and whether appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents will be provided by the country/mission concerned.
    Entering into surrogacy arrangements under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian Law.

  • 14 December 2011

    Official information from the Embassy of India regarding Sat phones:

    “The use/operation of any Telegraphic services/devices, including wireless is regulated by the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. Anyone using any telegraphic devices, including Sat phone un-authorised, violates Section 4 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and can be penalised under section 20 and 21 of the said Act.

    Any foreigner intending to bring satellite phone into India would have to obtain prior license/permission of Department of Telecommunications and in case of import of a satellite phone as a cargo, a declaration is to be given by the person importing the goods about details of goods. Satellites phones brought in baggage/hand baggage without licence would be detained/confiscated till such time the holder is able to produce a license issued by the Department of Telecommunications.”

  • 10 September 2011

    Important changes regarding Transit Visas

    The Embassy of India has informed us that Transit Visas would now be granted for a maximum validity of 15 days. Please be aware that this legislation is retroactive and applicants currently holding a Transit Visa with validity greater than 15 days, and attempting to cross immigration more than 15 days after the date of issue of their visa would only be granted entry in India at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Considering the risk of a refusal of entry on Indian Territory, we strongly advise such applicants to submit a new visa application before their departure. For more information, please refer to the Transit Visa checklist.