France becomes the first country to reopen its borders and consular services for Indian students and academics.
As of 19th August 2020, students, researchers and teachers invited by an academic establishment or laboratory in France, holders of the Talent passport, amongst others, are permitted entry into French territory.
Starting 17th August 2020, 7 VFS centres (Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi) became operational to receive select visa applications, while complying with Indian travel regulations as well as the safety of the consular teams working in different parts of India. Dossiers will be processed in small batches every week to ensure adequate safety measures while handling the documentation. Social distancing and all other recommended protective measures are in place in these centres. Mobile biometric data collection as well as courier services are available to limit in person contacts at the centres.
Decisions on visa issuance remains tied to any future evolution of the existing Schengen regulations authorizing third country students to enter France.
This facility is exclusively limited to:
- Indian students travelling to France in autumn 2020 for studies over 3 months (long term visas) as well as short term studies or internships and with an accommodation in France
- professors or researchers employed or invited by a French academic establishment or research laboratory and travelling at the end of their studies or for teaching
- those having a valid long term visa or a Talent passport.
These persons must possess an Affidavit of International Movement by Special Dispensation (Attestation de déplacement international dérogatoire).
This affidavit is to be presented to the travel company before departure and at the time of immigration. This will also be accompanied by an undertaking that the person does not present any symptoms of COVID-19 and has not been in contact with an infected person 14 days prior to departure.
Irrespective of the country of origin, all travellers presenting any symptoms of the COVID-19 infection upon their entry into French territory will be prescribed quarantine or self-isolation by the competent authority.
Some useful websites:
- For details of this announcement, Campus France managers in 12 Indian cities are accessible to students online and over the phone. Do contact them and follow their guidance.
- Embassy of France’s website: Travel to France from India.
- Campus France portal for international Students: Back to school 2020.
- French Government’s dedicated information portal on Covid-19
- For complete information on the measures applicable at the external borders of the European Union, please check the websites of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEFA), particularly the following page: Coronavirus – Advice for Foreign Nationals in France (page available in English and French)
To effectively fight the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, a series of health safety measures are in effect in France. Higher education establishments are taking action to protect the health of their students.
Please read the measures and guidelines provided by Campus France. Stay safe!
The students or professionals who wish to pursue one or two years of studies in France at the Master’s degree level are eligible to apply for the scholarship. To know more, click here.
The students enrolled in an Indian institution at the Bachelor’s or Master’s levels, planning to undertake a training / research project at a French laboratory or university during their academic break (May to July) are eligible to apply for the scholarship. To know more, click here.
Campus France is a public institution in charge of promoting French higher education abroad, and welcoming foreign students and researchers in France. It encourages international mobility and manages scholarship programmes and the alumni network.
In India, a team of 14 Campus France Managers offer free counselling. Find out who is your nearest CF Manager: he or she will help you at each step of your research and procedure to study in France.
Our fairs are privileged opportunities to interact directly with representatives and alumni from the best public and private institutions.
This year, the tours take place online. In September 2020, the PhD Tour featured the best research opportunities during a series of 10 thematic webinars. Watch the replays.
During Choose France Tour, learn about 1600 Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes taught in English, directly from 40 universities. Date: 26-27 February 2021. Pre-register now.
Each tour is also an occasion to get info about visas, scholarships, student benefits & alumni networks.
Prepare your stay in France
Pre-Departure Sessions cover various aspects of your departure and first steps in France, including visas, accommodation, practical advice on living in France, information on administrative procedures, teaching methodologies used in French educational institutions, as well as cultural aspects. You also have the opportunity to speak with alumni for their suggestions and advice. From 22-31 August 2020, the sessions were conducted online for the first time. Click here or below to download our Pre-Departure Brochure.
What more to plan? Travel! France is the world’s first destination. A reliable source for travel tips is Atout France, a French government agency. Its mission: to acquaint the Indian traveller with France’s various touristic assets. Check Atout France’s website for travel inspiration. They offer suggestions by regions, by events and by themes. Or download the below travel brochure.
Bon voyage !