As international borders open amid the global vaccination drive, travellers are choosing to venture out for work and leisure once again. The world’s leading visa services organisation, VFS Global, gives a glimpse into the latest visa application services that have restarted in India. By Kumar Shree
Over 40 countries and governments all across the world have resumed their visa application process at selected visa application centres across India. However, if you are planning a trip to any of these 40 countries soon, we advise you to check government advisories and air travel permissions as these may be independent of the visa application process.
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Here’s a list of countries that have resumed their visa applications across several categories in India: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, UAE (Dubai Visa Processing Centre), United Kingdom, and USA.
VFS Global centres have established standardised protective measures to ensure the health and safety of their customers and employees. These measures include physical distancing and sanitisation; body temperature checks; use of masks and sanitisers; disinfecting high-contact surfaces; and more. VFS Global has also introduced online booking for COVID-testing facilities at your doorstep. Additionally, those of you who choose to visit VFS Global visa application centres can also purchase health and travel insurances.
You can also avail the ‘Visa At Your Doorstep’ service for greater convenience. You can complete the entire visa application submission process from the comfort of your home or office. Everything—right from applying to enrolling in biometrics and getting the passport couriered back to their location of choice—is included in the ‘Visa At Your Doorstep’ service.
Note: These updates are for June 2020 to April 2021.
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