French visa application centres in India have started issuing C-Type visa for vaccinated Indians. Now vaccinated Indians can travel to France without undergoing any other travel restrictions.
Travellers need to present a vaccine certificate that shows it has been at least seven days since the second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of course, this only includes vaccines approved by the European Commission or the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products.
Authorised vaccines include the Covishield-Astra Zeneca jab, manufactured by Serum Institute India. The Covaxin shot is not approved, since travellers with Covaxin certificate will not be issued visas easily.
The rules for travellers with the Covaxin jab, as well as for those not vaccinated at all, are as follows:
- A compelling reason to enter the country, and also under which category the “talent passport” holders fall
- A negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before reaching France and less than 48 hours for those presenting a rapid antigen test. Children under 12 aren’t required to be tested
- A sworn statement declaring the holder doesn’t have any COVID-19 symptoms and hasn’t been in contact with anyone infected with the virus
- Self-isolate for seven days and carry out a PCR test at the end of the isolation period.
The European Commission has cautioned against travellers from India since many countries are experiencing an increase in cases, as a result of the Delta variant which has shown to be 60% more virulent. Countries like France and Belgium have thus changed their rules to permit only vaccinated travellers.