Indian nationals holding a valid Schengen visa are not affected
In line with the Schengen Area’s rules, and for security reasons, France has restored (with immediate effect) systematic checks at its borders. However, entries of Indian nationals holding a valid Schengen visa are not affected.
French consular services across India continue to function normally and are issuing visas for France to Indian nationals, from the Press Section of the French Embassy. However a majority of tourist sites and public spots will remain closed in Paris for the next few days as a state of emergency has been declared. This clarification was provided by the French Embassy in India as there were statements being made that France may temporarily suspend the Schengen Agreement.
The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) the largest association of IATA agents in India has issued a statement to all its members to check with the French Consulate and the VFS office on any specific visa concerns and emergency travel to France and advise their clients to exercise additional caution accordingly.
According to H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, “A state of emergency has been declared last night across metropolitan France. Security services have been deployed in numbers to ensure the neutralization of terrorists and the safety of all. Reinforced measures are being implemented throughout the Paris region. Border checks have been restored with immediate effect. A Defense Council meeting took place and President Hollande has declared a 3-day national mourning.” He further added that, “At this stage, no Indian national has been identified among the casualties. As far as India is concerned, security measures of the French diplomatic and institutional premises are being beefed up. We thank the Indian Central and State authorities for their collaboration.”
An information phone line for tourists and visitors in Paris has been established: +33 (0) 1 45 55 80 00 – Indian Embassy in Paris: +33 (0) 1 40 50 70 70.