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29 January 2015: Important notice from Section of the German Embassy New Delhi in regard to transfer of Valid Visa from Old to New Passport:

Please be informed that as of now a traveller should not encounter any problems when entering Germany with a valid Schengen Visa in his old passport as long as he carries both - old and new passport - with him and as long as his stay in the Schengen area does not exceed 90 days within 6 months. However, the Embassy cannot provide any information about the acceptance of valid Schengen Visas in old passports by other Schengen states.

Please note that the German Embassy offers the following service for travellers holding a valid Schengen visa issued by the German Embassy in their old passport wishing to transfer it to their new passport for their next trip to Germany: A new Schengen Visa with the same expiration date as the current visa can be issued in the new passport free of cost. The traveller may come personally to the Embassy (Visa Gate) Mondays - Fridays between 9.00 and 11.00 with his old and new passport, a new Schengen Visa Application Form, two passport pictures, copies of all printed pages of the old and the new passport, and a print-out of this e-mail
19 January 2015: Please be informed that on 25 January 2016 applications will be accepted till 1200 hrs in Delhi due to Security reason for Republic Day. Kindly schedule your appointments accordingly.
11 December 2015: All applicants are required to book an appointment by calling on the helpline 022-67866013 or online through our website.

Know more about our new tailor-made services to provide you comforts and benefits while applying for your visa… Read more information here or call us on 022 67866028.”
08 December 2015: Non-acceptance of handwritten passports

As per Government of India, all Indian Citizens living in India and abroad are advised to urgently replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports by 24 November 2015.

Indian Govt. has decided to phase out non MRZ passports and handwritten passports will not be considered valid travel document.

Please click here for more details.
13 November 2015: The current service tax rate of 14% will be revised to 14.50% with effect from 15 November 2015.

As per attached Notification by Government of India there is an additional tax imposed towards SWACHH BHARAT termed as SWACHH BHARAT CESS @ 0.50%. Thus the current service tax rate of 14% will be revised to 14.50% with effect from 15 November 2015.
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 02 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 online appointment.
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
22 October 2015: No Application Day

Please be informed that the applications will not be accepted in VFS Visa Application Centers as per the following schedule:

29 October 2015 – Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Gurgaon and Thimpu (Bhutan)

30 October 2015 – Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Gurgaon and Thimpu (Bhutan)
30 September 2015:Closure of visa application Centre on 2 october 2015

Dear All,

Please be informed that Visa Application Centre in Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur & Gurgaon will remain closed on 2 October 2015 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

Please be informed that applications will be submitted till 12:00 Hrs. in VFS New Delhi on 01 October 2015. The Centre will reopen on 5 October in new Location in Connaught Place.
31 August 2015: Insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted for visa procedures.

Please note that with effect from 1 September 2015, travel medical issued by the below listed companies will be acceptable.

List of approved Indian insurance companies
25 February 2015: Notice – Processing Time

As per Visa Code of the Schengen member states under Article 23:
1. Applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application (Article19).
2. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed or in cases of representation where the authorities of the represented Member State are consulted.
3. In case when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.
15 July 2014: The Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s) from VFS Visa Application Centre. With effect from 16 July 2014, third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:

Immediate Family Member ( i.e. 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
Authorization 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.

Please fill the attached Courier Form
9 January 2014:

Dear All,
We are glad to inform you that Germany Visa Application Centers in Gurgaon, Jaipur and Thimpu, Bhutan are now operational. Now you can visit your nearby Centre for the visa submission. We also offer the Premium Lounge Service in our Gurgaon and Jaipur Locations.
07 June 2013: Please be informed that w.e.f 10 June 2013, Monday, the travel agents are requested to fill the online form and bring the bar code sheet with the documents. The URL is:
  Important notice in regard to admission to the Visa Section and Passport Section of the German Embassy New Delhi:
Visitors of the Visa Section or Passport Section are not allowed to carry the following devices Any form of electronic device (e.g. notebook, mobile phone, and camera), dangerous objects (in particular knives and weapons), bags and luggage. All visitors are only allowed to carry the documents which are asked for and required by the German Embassy.
Please note that the German Embassy is not in a position to deposit the above mentioned objects.
The safeguarding of personal belongings outside the Embassy lies in the sole responsibility of each applicant