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  • 03 October 2016

    Courier Services affected from 7 October 2016 to 11 October 2016 during Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata

    Due to closure of our Courier Service Provider Blue Dart in Kolkata during the Durga Puja Festival please note that the delivery of the passports couriered on 6 October 2016 and 7 October 2016 from Kolkata Visa Application Centre will be delayed. Germany Visa Application Centre in Kolkata will also remain closed on 10 October 2016 and 11 October 2016.

  • 01 October 2016

    Overseas Medical Insurance with effect from 15 June 2017

    Approved list of Indian Travel Insurance Companies of the Consular Posts of Schengen States.

    Please note: In the interest of the applicants, they can now attach the travel insurances with extra 15 days validity so that visa can be issued for a little longer to enable the applicants to stay some more days during their trip to Germany in case of any unexpected emergencies.

  • 07 September 2016

    The New Schengen Visa Application Form

    For downloading the New Schengen Visa Application Form, please click here.

  • 31 August 2016

    Change in Passport collection process

    The Consulate General of Germany in Kolkata has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s) from VFS Global Visa Application Centre, with effect from 01 September 2016.

    Third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:

    • Immediate Family Member (that is Parents, Children, Siblings)
    • One member of a group collecting for the entire group
    • A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials if authorized on the Govt. letter head or department
    • Representative of a company - Authorization letter on the letter head of the company and the official ID card

    If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents

    • Photocopy of Govt. ID card
    • Original ICR
    • Authorisation Letter from applicant

    Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above should select delivery mode as courier at the time of submission.

    The applicants are requested to mention the complete delivery address on the covering letter. In case no specific address is mentioned on the covering letter, the passport will be sent to the address mentioned on the Visa Application Form.

    This procedural change is to ensure the safe and secure return of documents to applicants.

  • 07 November 2015

    All applicants are required book an appointment online to submit their visa application and Biometric information at the Schengen visa application centre.

    As part of the visa application procedure, from 2 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph. If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, applicants are advised to wait until the injuries have healed before you book your appointment. Henna on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image and should be removed or allowed to fade before your appointment date.

    Before you make an appointment you should carefully read the visa application process available on the website to submit your visa application and supporting documents at the visa application centre.

    If you have missed your appointment on the scheduled day, the system will not allow you to reschedule or cancel and you will require to book a new appointment after 24 hours.

    Please make sure you arrive at the visa application centre 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Applicants are not allowed to be accompanied inside the visa application centre. The only exceptions to this are those accompanying children under 18 years-of-age or applicants who need special assistance for health reasons or disability.

    If you are part of a family or group, each member of the family or group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children you must make 4 individual appointments.

    VFS Global appointment system is compatible with most popular browsers. VFS Global will soon introduce appointment scheduling through call Centre for the ease of applicants.

    How to book an appointment


    Please click here to book an appointment online.

  • 07 November 2015

    Change in the visa application submission process - Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 02 November 2015

    Changes in Schengen visa application process – India

    Visa Information System