First France tourism ‘kiosk’ also launched, where visa applicants can get destination information and purchase France tour passes, while applying for visas
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.
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
Speaking about the new initiatives, Ms Sheetal Munshaw, Director, Atout France, said, “Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency is enthused about the inauguration of the first tourism kiosk at the VFS Global centre in Bangalore. Spearheaded by His Excellency, the Ambassador of France to India Mr Alexandre Ziegler in partnership VFS Global and Atout France, we are certain that this initiative will give momentum to our efforts of generating awareness about France as a leading tourist destination from the Indian perspective. Kiosks at VFS Global centres will ensure greater visibility for our destinations and versatile tourism offering that will make for an unforgettable holiday... à la française!”
Commenting on the launch, Mr Vinay Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, said, “We are confident that this new France Visa Application Centre will offer greater convenience to the citizens of the state of Karnataka for both visa application processing and the ease with which applicants can get destination information, city tour passes, attraction tickets, etc. for France during the visa application process itself.”
Key features of the centre include:
· Convenient and central location
· Longer operating hours allowing applicants to visit at a time of their convenience
· Automated Queue Management system for quicker and more efficient submission processes
· Premium Lounges for personalised service
· Registration area for queries, application checking, and passport pass back
· Value-added services such as photocopy and photo-booth facilities available
· Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, checklist, applicable fees, visa status update
· Dedicated contact centre number and email to answer queries and track application status
About VFS Global
VFS Global is the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. With 2299 Application Centres, operations in 127 countries across five continents and over 143 million applications processed as on
31 March 2017, VFS Global serves the interests of 51 client governments. VFS Global’s worldwide operations are certified ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security Management System and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System. For more information, please visit www.vfsglobal.com
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