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    23 March 2020

    • Please be informed that from 23 March 2020, Latvia Visa Application Center at New Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Jalandhar stand closed till further Notice
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    20 March 2020

    General public is here by notify that Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Jaipur visa application center will remain closed till further notification.

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    17 March 2020

    The Government of the Republic of Latvia has declared a State of Emergency throughout the country from 13 March 2020 to 14 April 2020 to restrict the spread of COVID-19. While the State of Emergency is in effect an external border with Russia and Belarus will be closed for foreign nationals to enter Latvia from 17 March 2020 until 14 April 2020. All international flights, busses, ferries and trains are suspended from 17 March 2020 until 14 April 2020, therefore visa issuance for travellers to Latvia is suspended for the period of declared State of Emergency.

    Consulates and embassies of the Republic of Latvia will continue to accept visa applications through external service providers where it is possible and where ESP visa centres are still operational, but only for planned travels to the Republic of Latvia after 14 April 2020

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    16 March 2020

    General Public is hereby notified that Sri Lankan government has declared 16 March 2020 as public holiday to support quarantine process on corona virus. Thus, Sri Lanka visa application center will remain close today

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    16 March 2020

    General Public is hereby notified that VFS will accept application if the travel date of the applicant is after 14 April 2020 for any emergency case kindly contact the helpline number.

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    16 March 2020

    No Prime Time Services

    Please note: All Prime-Time Services (Submission and Collection of Passport) on Saturday remains discontinued from 16 March 2020 till further notice. For more details please contact our customer service team.”

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    02 February 2020

    MEMBER STATE COMPETENCE FOR EXAMINING AND DECIDING ON VISA APPLICATION

    The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa shall be:

    1. the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s).
    2. if the visit includes more than one destination, or if there are several separate visits within 2 months, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay.
    3. if no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross first in order to enter the territory of the Member States.

    TIMEFRAME FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION

    It is advisable to lodge the application as early as possible and at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit. Please note that applications can be lodged no more than six months before the start of the intended visit (nine months for seafarers).

    Holders of a multiple-entry visa may lodge the application before the expiry of the visa valid for a period of at least six months.

    VISA FEE

    Applicants shall pay a visa fee of EUR 80.
    Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a visa fee of EUR 40.

    Nationals from countries with a visa facilitation agreement (as per February 2020: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and holders of non-biometric passports from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine), shall pay a visa fee of EUR 35.

    APPLICANTS FOR WHOM THE VISA FEE IS WAIVED

    1. Children under six years;
    2. School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
    3. Researchers as defined in Article 3(2) of Council Directive (EU) 2016/801[1] from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research or participating in a seminar or conference;
    4. Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.

    TIMEFRAME FOR DECISION MAKING AT THE EMBASSY

    Applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application.

    This period may be extended up to a maximum of 45 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.

    POSSIBILITY TO FILE A COMPLAINT

    Applicants have the right to submit a complaint regarding:

    • - the conduct of staff at the consulate or from the external service provider;
    • - the application processing.

    If there are any complaints filed – VFS shall accept each and every complaint and forward it to the Embassy within 3 calendar days.

    APPLICATIONS FROM FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU/EEA NATIONALS AND SWISS NATIONALS

    A family member of an EU/Iceland/Liechtenstein/Norway or Swiss national shall benefit from a simplified and accelerated visa procedure, including exemption from the visa fee, as long as they meet the following criteria:

    1. A person is a family member (this includes a spouse, registered partner, child who is under 21 or a depending family member) of an EU/Iceland/Liechtenstein/Norway or Swiss national (or of his/her spouse/registered partner); AND
    2. That EU/Iceland/Liechtenstein/Norway or Swiss national is residing in another Member State than that of which he/she is a national or travelling there to take up residence; AND
    3. A person is accompanying the EU/Iceland/Liechtenstein/Norway or Swiss national or planning to join him/her for residence.

    The visa should be applied for at the Embassy/Consulate of the country of future residence of the EU/Iceland/Liechtenstein/Norway or Swiss national, not at the Embassy of his/her country of origin.

    If a person thinks he/she qualifies for visa facilitation he/she will need to show proof that he/she meets these criteria when submitting visa application.

    TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE

    Applicants for one or two entries must also prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance, covering emergency medical, hospitalisation and repatriation (including in case of death). The minimum cover should be of 30,000 EUR. This insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of the stay (please note – there is no need for a grace period of additional 15 days to be covered by the insurance)

    Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall be in possession of travel medical insurance covering their stays; at the time of application, they need to prove that they have a travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit, and sign the related statement in the application form.

    AIRPORT TRANSIT VISA

    The holder of an airport transit visa is allowed to transit through the international transit areas of the issuing State and possible other States, if indicated on the visa sticker.

    Airport transit visa is required by the nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

    Please note that some Member States can require Airport Transit Visas for Indian nationals, a list can be found here.

    VALIDITY OF PASSPORTS

    The applicant shall present a valid travel document (passport) the validity of which extends at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States (or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States). It shall contain at least two blank pages and shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

    WHO CAN APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA IN INDIA?

    Indian nationals and nationals of other countries legally residing in India can apply.

    Persons who do not reside in India may only apply if they are legally present in India and can present a justification for lodging an application in India rather than in their country of residence.

    BIOMETRICS COLLECTION

    All Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography).

    The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from a recent one, if conform to ICAO standards[2].

    For subsequent applications (within 5 years), the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.

    In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will collect again fingerprints within the 5 year-period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.

    Visa applicants' biometric data can be collected by Schengen States' consulates and external service providers but not commercial intermediaries (e.g. travel agencies).

    CATEGORIES WAIVED FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO GIVE FINGERPRINTS

    The following applicants shall be exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints:

    [Please note that applicants falling under category (b) must still appear personally at a consulate or external service provider]

    1. children under the age of 12;
    2. persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible. If the fingerprinting of fewer than 10 fingers is possible, the maximum number of fingerprints shall be taken. However, should the impossibility be temporary, the applicant shall be required to give the fingerprints at the following application. The competent authorities shall be entitled to ask for further clarification of the grounds for the temporary impossibility.
    3. heads of State or government and members of a national government (Ministers and Ministers of State only) with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;

    This list is mandatory and exhaustive. Holders of diplomatic passports are not exempted as such from the fingerprinting requirement. They may be exempted if they are members of the official delegation of heads of State/ members of a national government invited for an official purpose.

    THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR CONSULTATION DURING THE PROCEDURE

    A Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of visa applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories.

    Such consultation does not apply to applications for airport transit visas.

    One or more Member States may require that their central authorities are informed of visas issued to nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals. This procedure (“ex post” information) does not apply to airport transit visas.

    For information of countries that are subject to prior consultation or ex post information see: -

    LIST OF COUNTRIES SUBJECT TO CONSULTATION

    LIST OF COUNTRIES SUBJECT TO EX POST INFORMATION

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    16 January 2020

    Increased fees for visa applications

    General Public is hereby notified that As of 02 February 2020 the Schengen visa fee per person (Short Stay Visa) will increase from 60 to 80 euros or the equivalent amount in your local currency. For children between 6-12 years old the visa fee will increase to 40 euros or equivalent

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    11 September 2019

    Please be informed the applicant applying for Long Term Student cases cannot apply again with the same invitation number, applicants are requested to kindly check the same before applying.

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    16 August 2018

    16 August 2018: With the current situation in Kerala , we would request to all applicants (Only for D-visa) to submit their application whenever the situation gets improved with the same appointment letter. If an applicant wishes to submit his/her application in any other visa application center, we will surely accept the visa application. No need to take new appointment. Applicant can visit any visa application center with the copy of the scheduled appointment letter.

    Note: For any assistance, please contact our helpline.

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    21 June 2018

    Effective Wednesday, 20 March 2018 applicants applying for long term student category can book the appointment by writing to info.latviain@vfshelpline.com or by calling 022-67866025 (Applicants from India, Sri Lanka & Nepal ). Applicant can fill the application form for long term application on the following link. Applicant applying for short term application can submit the application as walk in.

    Applicants reside in India Sri Lanka and Nepal are requested to call 022-67866025 for Student Long Term (D – Visa). Also applicant needs to make a pre-payment of VFS service charges and video conferencing charges (if applicable) at the time of booking the appointment for long term student category.

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    28 February 2018

    Effective Monday, 05 March 2018 Latvia visa applicants can apply at a new Premium Lounge Visa Application Centre opening in Whitefield, Bengaluru. Applicants in Whitefield and nearby areas can now experience greater convenience by applying for their Latvia visa in the comfort of a plush and well-appointed Premium Lounge.

    Address:- Brigade IRV, Unit No 108,1st Floor, Nallurhalli, Whitefield, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560066.

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    18 September 2017

    Schengen Visa Form Filling assistance is just a call away!

    VFS Global introduces Form Filling Assistance service over the Phone to give Visa Applicants just the helping hand they need when completing their Visa Application forms.

    Please call 022 67866028 to avail the service.

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    05 April 2017

    New visa fees effective from 07 April 2017

    With effective from 07 April 2017 new visa fees (for all categories) will be as follows:-

    VFS Service Fees INR 1290/- (Inclusive of All Taxs levied per application).

    Duration Visa Fees in INR Visa Fees In Euros
    Business / Tourist / Transit / Student / Work 4300 60
    Children between 06 - 12 2600 35
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    25 January 2017

    In lieu of Republic Day ,Visa Application Center New Delhi will be open till 14:00 on 25 January 2017

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    06 December 2016

    Dear Applicant/ Representative / Travel Agents:

    The Latvia Visa Application Centre in Chennai will remain closed in regards to the sad demise of the Honble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

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    12 May 2016

    Latvia Visa Application Centre in Chennai, Kochi, Trivandrum and Pondicherry Closed on 16 May 2016 for elections

    Please note that Latvia Visa Application Centre in Chennai, Kochi, Trivandrum and Pondicherry will remain closed on 16 May 2016 due to Elections. Please do not book any appointments on this date.