The land of gorgeous landscapes, historical buildings, and amazing food, France is a destination that you can enjoy with anyone and everyone. France welcomed more than 89 million tourists in 2017 alone, making it one of the most sought out travel destinations in the world.
More than 47,000 of those visa applications went from Mumbai alone. And when the consulates have to manage these many people in a year, it is an extremely common sight for consulates to get completely booked for 3-4 months in advance.
As the numbers grow, it becomes difficult to manage so many people at once. Thanks to this, consulates sometimes fail to fill in all the slots properly, causing a lot more visa applications to get ignored in the process.
If you can’t find your France Schengen visa appointment in Mumbai, don’t worry. There are ways you can work around this situation and get a Schengen visa for yourself.
At any time, if you need help getting your France Schengen visa appointment, you can fill in our Schengen visa appointment form and we will help you out. Once you have your appointment in hand, you can go ahead and get all the required documents in place.
Steps to get a France Schengen visa appointment in Mumbai – Basics
To start your visa application process and book an appointment, you will first have to head over to the French consulate website for India.
The link will take you to a page like in the image above.
Click on “Get a Visa” from the options given on the menu bar on the top and you will be redirected to a page with the visa application process.
Read the instructions carefully on the page. After that, scroll down slightly to get the options in the image above. Click on the blue hyperlink under “Complete your application online“.
You will be given more instructions on the visa application. Read them and then click on “Access“.
You will be taken to a registration page. Fill in all the details on the left-hand side and click on “Create an account” to start your visa application process. You will also be given the option to book your France Schengen visa appointment in Mumbai along with applying for your visa. Alternatively, use the VFS Global link to book your appointment.
If you need help getting your France Schengen visa, you can take a look at our article on getting a France Schengen visa in 7 days.
What to do if I can’t find a France Schengen visa appointment in Mumbai?
Don’t worry if you can’t find any available slots. You can still find other ways to get an appointment.
Try a different consulate
If you can’t find an appointment at the nearest French consulate, try getting one in other consulates in the region. For eg., you can try the French consulate in Pondicherry if you can’t find an appointment in Mumbai.
But this might not work all the time as the appointments are subject to availability.
Change the main destination of your travel
You can switch the main destination in case you are visiting other countries along with France. Countries like France, Spain, Italy, and many more have an extremely high inflow of tourists every year. Some other countries like Slovakia, Malta, Luxembourg, and Iceland don’t have as many tourists visiting. So, it is highly likely that you will find an appointment in one of these consulates.
To get your visa approved, you just need to provide a tentative travel plan that states that you are only spending a few days in France but your main destination is actually Slovakia. If you’re looking for temporary travel plans, just take a look at our prices and we can help you get one.
Take a look at our article on what to do if you can’t find an appointment to get a deeper understanding of your options.
Wait till a slot becomes free
When other options don’t work out, you barely have another choice than to wait until you find an appointment. But this can be slightly risky. There are chances that you might never be able to find an appointment. But there have also been many times when travellers have found appointments with this method, so don’t ignore this option completely.
Getting an appointment with this method can be extremely tedious. Which is why we have an entire team dedicated to finding appointments that suddenly become available.
If you need us to help you get an appointment, you just need to fill in the Schengen visa appointment form to raise a request.
Do you want us to get you an appointment?
We are currently providing this service to travellers from the following countries
We have corporate customers in these countries that need Schengen visa appointments on extremely short notices. We help them find appointments scheduled within the next 15 days for their business trips.
However, keep in mind that appointments are subject to availability. So, in search for an appointment for you, we also look into other nearby consulates in the country.
The fare of the appointment is decided by the consulate officer booking your appointment. However, we charge a flat fee of Rs. 1000 above this fare.
Fill in the Schengen visa appointment form to raise a request.
You need not pay an initial fee to raise the request. Our team will contact nearby consulates to check for available appointments.
Our team will revert back in the next 8-10 hours with available appointments. Pick the appointment of your choice.
You will be given an appointment reference number once the payment has been made.
If you want more help understanding the visa application process, take a look at our article on France Schengen visa in 7 days.
FAQs on France Schengen visa appointment in Mumbai
Read below to see if your questions have been answered.
HCan multiple attend the interview with one appointment?
Unfortunately, with one appointment, only one person can attend the interview. If you are travelling with a group, ensure that each member has their own appointment.
Will a minor need his own appointment as well?
It is important that children will need to have their own passports to prevent child trafficking and kidnappings. And with a passport, they will also need a Schengen visa appointment to get their visa approved.
My aged parent can’t attend the interview on his own?
Most times, no one other than the person holding the appointment is allowed to enter the room. But in some exceptional cases, you are allowed to accompany the interviewee.
A minor child can be accompanied by their parent.
An aged (more than 80) person can be accompanied by their adult child or spouse.
A disabled can be accompanied by someone for help.
Can you find an appointment for me?
Yes, definitely. Fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and raise the request. You will also need to give us your name and passport details like the passport number and its expiry and issue dates.
How can I verify the appointment booked by you?
You will be given an appointment reference number once an appointment is booked. Use this to verify your appointment with the consulate website.
How much will you charge to get me an appointment?
The price of your appointment is fixed by the consulate officer who books your slot. However, we charge a flat fee of Rs.1000 above the consulate’s quote.
How can I make the payment for the appointment?
You can pay us through PayuMoney or Western Union or make a direct bank transfer too.
Can I pay more to get an appointment faster?
We at Travel Visa Bookings work purely on first-come-first-serve basis. So, unfortunately, you will have to wait your turn to get your appointment.
What are the common reasons for visas to get rejected?
There are many reasons why your visa application can get rejected.
Missing travel insurance
Invalid travel itinerary
Can you also help me get a travel insurance?
Yes, of course. Take a look at our article on travel insurance for more details on the matter.
Can I get another appointment if my visa gets rejected?
There is no rule stating that you cannot apply for your visa again. Just make sure that you don’t repeat the same mistakes as the last time to get your visa approved successfully.
Make sure that you raise the request once again if you want us to find you another appointment.
How long do I have to make the payment for my appointment?
Once your appointment is booked, you will be given one hour to make the payment. Our team makes almost 250 appointments in a day. Which means that there are always more people looking for the same appointments. So, as soon as an appointment is booked, it is placed on an auction. If you fail to make the payment within the hour, we will consider you to be uninterested. The appointment will then be made available to someone else.
We suggest that you keep a keen look-out for a notification from our team to avoid losing out on your appointment slot.
VFS Global office in Mumbai
236 8th floor,
Tel: +91 22 6786 6014
French consulate in Mumbai
East Wing, 5th floor
Bandra – Kurla Complex
Tel:  (22) 66 69 40 00