- Visa applications to resume for specific visa categories for Belarus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Turkey, UAE, and United Kingdom
India, 1st July 2020: VFS Global, the world’s largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, is re-opening some Visa Application Centres in limited cities, with the approval of respective Embassies/Consulates in India, and with strict health and safety guidelines in place.
After specific Embassies/Consulates, as well as local authorities have given their approval, VFS Global’s centres will accept visa applications for select countries and visa categories in specific cities. Customers will have to mandatorily schedule an appointment online, through the website www.vfsglobal.com, prior to visiting the Visa Application Centre, The list of countries that will resume acceptance of applications are as below:
|Country||Visa Categories||Cities||Restart Date|
|United Kingdom||All visa categories/ passport collection||10 cities: Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cochin & Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata||6 July 2020
|Ireland||Student and long-stay categories||10 cities (same as above for UK)||6 July 2020|
|Italy||Re-Entry Visa Only||New Delhi||3 July 2020|
|Belarus||All visa categories||New Delhi||1 July 2020|
|Denmark||Residence permit, Employment, Dependents, Approval cases||New Delhi
|29 June 2020
|Norway||Residence permit||New Delhi||29 June 2020|
|Portugal||E6 for holders of expired Portuguese residence card, D6 for holders of expired Family Reunification D6 visas||New Delhi||29 June 2020|
|South Korea||Long term applications only||New Delhi||29 June 2020|
|Dominican Republic||Work/Resident/Business visa||New Delhi||29 June 2020|
|UAE (DVPC – eVisas for Emirates passengers, only for travel from July 7)||
All visa categories
|Online||25 June 2020
|Turkey||All visa categories||New Delhi||22 June 2020|
Please note: Outbound international commercial flights have not yet resumed as of the date of this release. The above dates and information are subject to change at any time according to guidelines of the respective destination governments, as well as lockdown status in various States of India.
In order to ensure a safe, productive work environment for employees, while still protecting communities to the maximum extent possible from the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, VFS Global has established standardised protective measures to be followed across centres, including specific physical distancing and sanitation mandates.
All customers may be required to undergo body temperature checks at the entrance of the centre. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter the centre. They will be requested to reschedule their appointment and return once their health improves. Additionally, all customers and VFS Global employees are required to wear a facemask and observe physical distancing within the centre.
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