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Schengen Visa: What You Need to Know About Wait Times for France, Italy, and Switzerland

22 Feb 2023

If you're thinking about taking a summer vacation to Europe, you should think about the practical aspects of visa application, particularly the wait time. We've compiled the most recent information on Schengen visa appointment availability and application status in India's major cities for France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The practicalities of securing a visa can quickly dampen the excitement of planning a summer vacation in Europe. A Schengen visa is required for most non-European nationals travelling to the Schengen area, which comprises 26 countries in Europe. The Schengen Visa allows visitors to stay in the region for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

The process of obtaining a Schengen visa, on the other hand, can be time-consuming and stressful, with different wait times for appointments and processing depending on the country you intend to visit. Wait times for visa appointments and processing can vary for visitors planning to visit France, Italy, or Switzerland. As of 20 February, the following countries have the next available slots for short-stay and tourist visa appointments at VFS Global: The French embassy accepts visa applications for short-term and tourist visas in some Indian cities, including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, and Hyderabad. Still, appointments are not available in New Delhi or Chennai. The Italian embassy is not currently accepting visa applications for short-stay and tourist visas in most of the cities in India, including New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, and Hyderabad. As of now, appointments are only available in Kolkata.

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