Paris is a good place to start any number of trips, including a trip to India. Round-the-world travelers know that price for tourist visas (just gasoline prices) have gone through the roof. Last year, the cost of our tourist visas for China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan cost us almost as much as the airfare to some of these destinations (all of these countries have embassies or consulates in Paris BTW).
This year we’ll be applying for our Indian tourist visa in Paris. If you plan on spending at least a week in Paris, you can try out the Indian embassy’s new visa service which has been outsourced to VFS Ltd, 42 Rue du Paradis, 75010, Metro: Poissonniere.
Visa applications can be filled out and submitted from Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 2 pm. You’ll need two passport size photos. (There’s an automatic photo machine right at the Visa service office), plus a photocopy machine.
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If you’re a French citizen or European Union member, the visa application process can take as little as two days, but if you’re an American citizen or non-European Union member, count on at least one week. Non European union members must also fill out a second application form in addition to the India tourist visa application. The visa fee is currently 62 Euros (although that can change). The additional non European member form is currently 30 Euros (that can change also).
The staff here speaks excellent English (no surprise) and they were extremely helpful. Keep in mind that your visa begins from the date that the visa application has been granted – so you’ll want to coordinate your travel dates within six months from the time of your application.
For more information about India Tourist Visas in Paris, please visit the Indian Embassy in Paris site or
VFS Limited offices at:
42 Rue du Paradis