Welcome to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Open in October 2008, the Consulate General of France in Bangalore covers the states of Karnataka (capital Bangalore) and Andhra Pradesh (capital Hyderabad) spread over 467 000km² and has a population of more than 140 million people.

Over the last few years, both the capitals have become famous as centers of excellence in the fields of IT & ITES, biotechnology and medical sciences. Bangalore, in particular, has emerged as a hub for the auronautics and space industries. This development explains the strong presence of French companies – 150 French subsidiaries have opened their offices in the two major cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Both the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have a rich history and culture that comprise the relics of the Vijayanagar Empire (namely the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi) or the monuments of different sultanates that flourished in the Deccan plateau, especially in Hyderabad – all the monuments constructed during the times of Qutub Shahi dynasty or the era of the Nizams.

The Consulate General of France in Bangalore, one of the five official French establishments in India (the Embassy in Delhi, the Consulates in Bangalore, Bombay, Calcutta and Pondicherry), is closely associated with the Embassy of France in Delhi to develop Indo-French relations in both the states in our jurisdiction – ties in the fields of politics, economy (with the help of an Ubifrance office in Bangalore), science (with the presence of an Attaché for Science and Technology), and culture (with the various activities of the Alliance Française in Bangalore and Hyderabad).

As of October 2012, the Consulate General of France in Bangalore has enrolled 794 French citizens and offers essential consular services to them, with an exception to the services of a registration office. This, for the time being, still remains under the authority of the Consulate General in Bombay.

This office delivers visas since February 2011 for Indian nationals who wish to travel to France.

Along with the team of the consular Chancery, I remain at your disposal to answer your queries.

I wish you a very good stay in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Eric Lavertu

Consul General

Dernière modification le 15/11/2012

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