French Consulate

Opening Time : 08:00:00
Closing Time : 12:00:00
Phone : 91-413-2231000
Website :

The present building, situated on Marine Street, was allocated to the French Consulate General in 1956. The history of this plot of land is not recent.

For a time, it was used as an extension of an old cemetery (cimetiere des Francais), as shown in the 1748 plan of Pondicherry. In 1751, it was the property of a certain Pierre Adrien Cognet; then, it was purchased by the Fulgence de Bury family, who, in 1777, owned a house with garden and outbuildings, as mentioned in the Papier Terrier de la ville blanche de Pondichery. In 1840, the French government bought the house and, in 1843, constructed a first floor.

For a long time, Bury’s house was known as Hotel de l’Ordonnateur, and then, according to administrative modifications, as Hotel du Chef de Service Administratif (1840-43), Hotel de l’Ordonnateur (middle 19th c.-1879), Hotel du Directeur de l’Interieur (1879-1898); finally, after a normalization of the various services, as Secretariats Generaux (1898-1954). This function lasted longer. According to the Pondicherry plan of 1945-1954), the Secretariat was still there just before Merger, though according to certain sources, it was called Hotel particulier du Procureur general. Inside the building there were the Bureaux des Finances et du Secretariat as well as the residences of their directors.

French Consulate General is the only diplomatic mission in town. This colonial building has changed over the years, and yet managed to retain some of its original 18th century charm. The consulate is open to French citizens.

VFS GLOBAL is an outsource partner of the Consulate General of France in Pondicherry. In this capacity VFS GLOBAL is responsible for scheduling of appointments for submitting visa applications at the Consulate General, collecting the processed passports from the Consulate General of France in Pondicherry and returning the passport back to the applicant.

Note: There are circumstances where in, the Consulate General of France in Pondicherry will hand over the passport to the Applicants directly.

The current Consul General of France to Pondicherry and Chennai is Mr. Philippe JANVIER-KAMIYAMA and he succeeds Mr. Pierre FOURNIER. His long and illustrious career in the French Ministry of External Affairs begun in 1978, and his various postings have included Russia, Turkey, Finland, Senegal and Japan.

He has been awarded with several recognitions such as the “Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur”, “Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite”, the “Medaille d’honneur des Affaires etrangeres (argent)” and he has also been awarded with the “Chevalier de la Rose Blanche de Finlande”.

Coverage area: Kerala and Tamil Nadu

0413 – 2231002

Office hours
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Passport collection
Mon – Fri: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

2, Rue De La Marine