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Saturday, 29 November, 2014, 16 : 30 PM [IST]

Consulate General of Hungary to open in Mumbai on Dec 1, 2014

In talks with VFS Global to set up Visa Facilitation Centre in Mumbai
The Consulate General of Hungary will open in Mumbai on December 1, 2014 at Bandra Kurla Complex, according to Dr Norbert Revai-Bere, Consul General of Hungary. He was speaking on the sidelines of an event organised recently in the city by the Consulate General of Hungary to welcome Szilveszter Bus, Ambassador Designate of Hungary in India, and to launch the website, www.namastehungary.com, which is targeted at the Indian market. The site has been designed in association with Namaste Tourism. The Namaste Hungary website is a virtual guide that showcases the holiday spots in Hungary, besides giving details like accommodation options, cuisine, and connectivity in the destination.

Situated in Eastern Europe, Hungary is a hub of culture due to its status as one of the imperial countries of Europe. Its capital city Budapest is known as the ‘Paris of the East’. The city is famous for its architecture, galleries, festivals, spas, as well as food and wine.

Speaking about the reason behind opening the Mumbai Consulate, Dr Revai-Bere said that given the on-year increase in Indian arrivals to Hungary, there was need to ease the visa application process for Indians. The Consulate is in talks with VFS Global to open Visa Facilitation Centre in the city to outsource visa processing, he informed. “Currently, visas are only issued through the Hungarian Consulate in Delhi, which requires applicants to travel to the capital for processing their visas. The Mumbai Consulate will relieve prospective travellers of this trouble. It will cater to the states in the Western and Southern parts of India (Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, and Kerala). The Delhi Consulate will process applications from the Northern and Eastern regions of India. Our alliance with VFS Global will further ease this process and give us better reach in the country,” Dr Revai-Bere said.

Talking about the website, Dr Revai-Bere said, “I wish to express my sincere gratitude and happiness on the launch of the Namaste Hungary website. Hungary has much to offer as a tourism destination for the ever-growing number of Indian travellers, be it with its scenic beauty and unique natural heritage, or its charming towns and villages, or its diverse culture that has been derived from the special blend of the Asian origin of its people and the thousand-year-old European history of the country. We are looking forward to welcoming more Indian visitors to Hungary.”

Regarding air connectivity with India, Dr Revai-Bere stated that the Consulate General of Hungary has been stressing on increased flight services to India, adding that Hungary recently signed a bilateral air agreement with India and that it needs to move on to discussions in the commercial space for air connectivity. The country is expected to exchange dialogues with Air India and other Indian carriers for the same.

India is currently connected with Hungary through Middle Eastern carriers. According to Dr Revai-Bere, low-cost carrier, Wizz Air Hungary Airlines Ltd. is considering extending services to Mumbai. He also spoke about trade relations between India and Hungary and stressed on the importance of building on relations with small- and medium-scale enterprises. Elaborating on the other initiatives being taken to attract Indian tourists and strengthen ties between India and Hungary, Dr Revai-Bere said that they are mulling adding a Hungarian wing to the Tagore House in Kolkata. Rabindranath Tagore is considered a symbol of the flourishing Indo-Hungarian ties during his period.
 
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