As the Indian government enters into more air bubbles agreements, now France has approved travel by Indian students, researchers and teachers invited by an academic establishment or laboratory in France, as well as holders of the Talent passport. Starting 17th August, 7 VFS centres in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi became operational to receive selected visa applications, while complying with Indian travel regulations as well as the safety of the consular teams working in different parts of India.
Applications will be processed in small batches every week to ensure adequate safety measures at these centres. Social distancing and all other recommended protective measures are also being adhered to.
Mobile biometric data collection, as well as courier services, are available to limit in-person contacts at the centres. Decisions on visa issuance remain tied to any future evolution of existing Schengen regulations authorizing third-country students to enter France. Universities in France have also readied themselves to receive international students, either wholly or partly on campus.