Short-stay visa waiver for Indian tourists visiting the French Island of Reunion
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr François Richier, is pleased to announce that Indian tourists are now exempted from obtaining a visa to travel to the French Island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean for stays up to 14 days. Reunion Island is a favourite tourist destination, with 40% of its territory declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and a strong and vibrant community of Indian origin making up 20% of the population.
Indian tourists visiting Reunion, whose trip is organized through an approved Indian travel agency, will be provided with a free Visa on Arrival (VoA) at the airport, with a validity of 14 days.
The list of the approved travel agencies for group travelling with visa waiver to Reunion Island.
This visa waiver for Reunion Island falls under the series of measures undertaken by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, H.E. Mr Laurent Fabius, to promote France as a preferred tourist destination among Indian visitors. On the occasion of his visit to India, from June 30th to July 1st, 2014, the French Minister met Indian tourism professionals and announced that as of 1st January 2015, French visas would be issued within 48 hours for Indian tourists.
Furthermore, an official application for smartphones and tablets has been especially designed for Indian tourists travelling to France. This free app, which will be launched in Autumn 2014, will feature details about tourist spots, vegetarian restaurants, shopping areas in popular destinations, as well as practical features, such as currency conversion and English-French/ French-English translation.
The French Island of Reunion is a French territory since the seventeenth century. India and Reunion share strong links, almost 20% of the population on the Island being of Indian origin (for further information on PIOs in France, see http://www.gopiofr.fr/ - in French). Reunion is only a 45-minute flight away from Mauritius. Recently, direct flights were introduced from Chennai (6h10 to capital Saint-Denis). Furthermore, Reunion set up a representation desk in Chennai in 2013. Preserved from mass tourism, the 2500-sq. km island of Reunion has a stunning array of unspoiled natural habitats, such as its primitive forests, lagoons and natural cirques, and its active volcano, the famous Piton de la Fournaise.
For more information, Reunion Island Tourism Board: http://www.reunion.fr/en/home.html
France as a tourist destination : Welcoming 83 million foreign tourists annually, France is ranked as the world’s top tourist destination. The dynamic tourism sector is rapidly transforming itself under the effect of a new emerging clientele. Today, Asia accounts for a growing number of foreign tourists in France, which also includes a rising number of Indian tourists. France welcomes an estimated 3,00,000 visitors from India annually, a number which has seen a steady increase in the last few years.
To know more, visit: http://in.france.fr/