With seven of its VFS Application Centers now accepting the Visa applications from Indian Students, France becomes the first country to open its borders for Indian Students. Not only students, the teachers, researchers, and talent passport holders will also be allowed to travel to France according to Campus France.
On 17th August, 7 VFS centers in India were opened to accept the visa applications for a long-stay visa in France. The VFS centers in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Kochi have been opened up and one can appear for their visa process in these cities. Of course, all the social distancing norms are being followed and the candidates are taken in smaller batches. These centers also facilitate mobile biometric data collection.
Read More: France Visa Application Centers Open for Indian Students in Selected Cities
Welcoming thousands of Indian students wanting to study in France in the upcoming semester, the Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain said: “France is returning to normalcy and I am delighted that international students will be among the first to benefit from it. The French Embassy is fully mobilized to ensure that students can pursue their studies in France in the smoothest conditions possible, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
In his own words, “This is a bold step in the right direction and reaffirms France’s priority to academic mobility.”
The universities in France are also ready to welcome Indian students, wholly and partially.
Who can travel to France?
As of August 2020, only the following individuals can apply for a French visa according to Campus France:
Indian Students enrolled in long-term courses (longer than three months) for autumn 2020 intake are allowed to travel to France again.
Professors and Researchers invited by French Institutions, for studying or teaching.
Long-term Talent Passport Holders
Before flying to France, students must acquire the ‘International Travel Certificate to Mainland France’, from the French Interior Ministry Website. The Certificate should be presented to the travel company before departure and to border authorities upon arrival in France.
In addition to that, one has to present an undertaking that they do not have any of the COVID-19 symptoms and they have not been in contact with anyone infected in the last 14 days. Upon arrival to France, if anyone shows any COVID-19 symptoms, they will be subjected to mandatory 14 days of quarantine.
For more information on documents to carry and arrival procedures, read: France Ready to Welcome International Students Once Again from August 2020
Bienvenue en France: Online Session for Students
‘Bienvenue en France’, translated to ‘Welcome in France’, are online sessions for students who will be traveling to France. Scheduled for August 22nd to 31st, these sessions will include advice for students on administrative procedures, tips for alumni, tips to find accommodation in France, and practical advice on how student life will be in France after the pandemic.
Before the Pandemic, France was hosting more than 10,000 Indian students in 2019. With this step, France has further established its intent to welcome more and more Indian students to its shores.