Schengen visa issuance unchanged

The French Consulate in Kolkata wishes to inform you that last Friday’s attacks have prompted from the French government to take temporary tighter security measures at all points of entry in France. Procedures for entering the country only differ in that now, there are border controls.

The procedure for applying for a Schengen visa at the French Consulate in Kolkata, via the outsourcing company VFS, is maintained and carried out as usual. We wish to emphasize that issuing visas continues as normal and that there have been no changes.

Travelers holding a valid Schengen visa issued by any of the Schengen partners can enter France, as well as those holding a valid Schengen visa issued by any French Consulate or Embassy abroad.

While previously travelers holding a Schengen visa were free to move anywhere within the Schengen area, the difference now is that they will be checked when entering and leaving the French borders, but they can still tour freely within the Schengen zone.

Valid Schengen visas that were issued before 13th November 2015, and those delivered after that date are valid.

No exit visa is necessary to leave France.

Last modified on 24/11/2015

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