Visa on a diplomatic/ service/ official passport

Short-stay visa on a diplomatic passport

Following France and India signing an agreement exempting holders of diplomatic passports from short-stay visas, such Indians nationals travelling on official assignment or for private purposes are exempted from holding a visa to travel to the territories of metropolitan France, its Overseas Departments and Regions (DROMs), overseas autonomous regions (COM), and New Caledonia for a continuous stay or several stays that do not in total cross three months per six-month period with effect from the date of first entry in the Schengen Area, or any part of French territory not falling under this Area.

Short-stay visa on a service/ official passport

1. A service/ official passport or valid travel document recognised by France valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. The travel document must have at least two fresh pages.

2. Short-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. Two recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. A note verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State that has issued the passport or consular mission of the sending State, including for personal visits.

This note verbale must mandatorily mention:
-  the identity of the passport holder (surname, given name(s), date of birth);
-  their designation (or the relationship justifying the possession of an official passport);
-  type and number of the travel document being used; and
- the purpose and dates of the stay in the Schengen Area or French overseas territories.

5. The application may be accompanied with any other document that would help better understand and process the application.

6. If required, the French consular service may request for additional documents: civil status of the accompanying family members, consent letter for a minor travelling outside Indian territory, etc.

Long-stay visa on a diplomatic/ service/ official passport

1. A diplomatic/ service/ official passport or valid travel document recognised by France valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. The travel document must have at least two fresh pages.

2. Long-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. Two recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. A note verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State that has issued the passport or consular mission of the sending State, including for personal visits.

This note verbale must mandatorily mention:
-  the identity of the passport holder (surname, given name(s), date of birth);
-  type and number of the travel document being used;
-  the designation/ post to be held by the applicant (or for their family members, the relationship), specifying either the name of the person they will be replacing, or that a new post has been introduced.

5. The application may be accompanied with any other document that would help better understand and process the application.

6. If required, the French consular service may request for additional documents: civil status of the accompanying family members, consent letter for a minor travelling outside Indian territory, etc.


REMINDER
Holders of diplomatic/ service/ official passports who wish to stay in France for more than 90 days for a private visit (personal purposes or studies) must submit a long-stay visa application with an ordinary passport in accordance with common law.

United Nations Laissez-passer
Holders of United Nations laissez-passers are exempt from applying for a short-stay visa or for visits to France for less than three months, but are required to obtain long-stay visas.

Last modified on 20/01/2017

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