New France Visa Application Centre opened in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: A new France Visa Application Centre was inaugurated in Bengaluru’s Langford Town area on 15 May 2017, making France visa application facilities more accessible and convenient for residents in and around Bengaluru.

HE Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, (second from right) inaugurating the France Tourism Kiosk in Bengaluru.

His Excellency Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, inaugurated the new centre at a ceremony held in the presence of dignitaries from French ministries, the Embassy of France, Consulate General of France, Atout France (France’s official Tourism Development Agency), and VFS Global. 

Spread across a spacious 24,000 sq.ft., the centre consolidates visa operations of 31 diplomatic missions under one roof. With more counters for applicants and expansive waiting and registration areas, the new centre, which has moved from its earlier location in Shivaji Nagar, also has a larger Premium Lounge for applicants looking for more personalised assistance.

France visa applicants have six dedicated submission counters and separate biometric booths, as well as dedicated services in the Premium Lounge. France visa applicants can also make payments by credit and debit card (in addition to cash payments) at this Visa Application Centre. 

VFS Global signs agreement with Atout France (France Tourism Development Agency) to promote France tourism in India

VFS Global is also pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency, to promote tourism to France in India. A first-of-its-kind France ‘tourism kiosk’ offering retail travel products, such as sightseeing/city tours and destination information, has been set up at the new Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru (See box below on ‘What you can get at the France Tourism Kiosk’). 

Similar kiosks will be set up in other cities in the coming months – Delhi and Mumbai being next.

VFS Global has been serving the Government of France since 2004, and currently operates 52 Visa Application Centres for the client government in 19 countries around the globe. Applicants in Indian can apply for France visas through VFS Global centres in 14 cities. 

What you can get at the France Tourism kiosk:

Complete destination information

Tours of various attractions and sights in France, such as:

·         Vineyards of Bordeaux

·         Lavender fields of Provence

·         Renaissance neighbourhoods of Lyon

·         Romantic 2CV vintage car experience in Paris

·         Exploration of the Alps-Mont Blanc

·         Must-see sites along the Corsica coast

·         Normandy’s famed Mont Saint-Michel

 

Speakingabout the new initiatives, Ms Sheetal Munshaw, Director, Atout France,said, “Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency is enthused aboutthe inauguration of the first tourism kiosk at the VFS Global centre inBangalore. Spearheaded by His Excellency, the Ambassador of France to India MrAlexandre Ziegler in partnership VFS Global and Atout France, we are certainthat this initiative will give momentum to our efforts of generating awarenessabout France as a leading tourist destination from the Indian perspective.Kiosks at VFS Global centres will ensure greater visibility for ourdestinations and versatile tourism offering that will make for an unforgettableholiday... à la française!”

Commenting on the launch, Mr VinayMalhotra, Chief Operating Officer – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, said,“We are confident that this new France Visa Application Centre willoffer greater convenience to the citizens of the state of Karnataka for bothvisa application processing and the ease with which applicants can getdestination information, city tour passes, attraction tickets, etc. for Franceduring the visa application process itself.”


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