The Embassy of India will accept visa applications for urgent processing in an emergency situation on request from French nationals with effect from 23rd February, 2015. However, this facility will not be available to French nationals holding dual nationality, third country nationals or persons of Pakistani origin.
2. Applications for issue of emergency visa can be deposited like other visa application at M/s. VFS, 42, Rue de Paradis, Paris 75010 on any working day between 0900-1100 hrs and the passports with visas can be collected on the next working day from M/s. VFS between 1400 hrs to 1600 hrs. In case of applications deposited on Fridays, the passports with visas will be available for collection on the next working day i.e. Monday. This facility is not available for applications deposited at Visa Application Centres at Bordeaux, Marseilles, Strasbourg and Lyon. Applications sent by post will also not be processed under this facility.
3. Emergency visas will be issued only for applicants who are travelling to India within seven days from the date of submission of application at M/s VFS. A confirmed flight ticket will need to be provided along with the application, as also a letter explaining the nature of emergency situation and a documentary evidence to justify the emergency.
4. An additional visa fees of Euro 53.00 will be charged by the Mission and additional service charge of Euro 7.00 will be levied by M/s. VFS for each emergency visa application.
5. The Embassy of India reserves the right to refuse urgent processing of visa applications in case of unjustified claims of emergency. Such applications will then be processed as usual non-emergency visa applications. In case the emergency visa is declined, the additional visa fee levied will not be reimbursed.
6. The following emergency situation will be eligible for issue of emergency visas.
- Tourist Visa – Emergencies arising out of illness/death, marriage of relatives and any unforeseen circumstances which require emergency travel to India.
- Business Visa – Unavoidable/urgent business visit/meetings in India.
- Journalist Visa – For coverage of previously unscheduled events/developments.
- Conference Visa – For attending conferences in India in cases where invitation for participation is received late.
- Entry Visa – For Persons of Indian Origin needing to travel to India in emergencies arising out of death, illness, marriage or any unforeseen circumstance which require emergency travel to India.
7. The emergency visa facility will not be available to the applicants for Employment Visa, Student Visa and other visa categories not specified above.
List of documents required
In addition to documents indicated in the checklist available at website for Tourist, Business, Conference, Entry and Journalist visas, the following additional documents will also be required to be submitted along with the visa applications for issue of ‘emergency’ visas:
- A note or letter from the applicant requesting urgent processing of his/her visa application and explaining the nature of emergency, which requires urgent travel within 7 days of the date of submission of application.
- A document/message/letter to justify and to provide evidence of the emergency situation.
- A confirmed ticket for travel within 7 days of the date of application.