Germany and VFS Global have recently opened ten Visa Application Centres in India and one in Bhutan to speed up the visa application process. In India, the Germany Visa Application Centres are operational in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Chennai, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Bengaluru and Mumbai, while in Bhutan, the Centre is functional in Thimphu. In the next two months, Centres will be operational in Goa, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kolkata. VFS Global is the contract partner of the German Embassy.
Catering to the growing demand of Germany-bound travellers in the region, the strategic move of the German Embassy New Delhi is aimed at offering new services, facilities and benefits to visa applicants to support the growing demand in tourism, trade and investments, and strengthening bilateral ties between Germany and India. With the opening of the new Centres, travellers from India and Bhutan can save time and money in applying for a Schengen Visa (short-term visa) at the German missions, a release stated.
The key features of the new Centres include convenient locations and easily accessible state-of-the-art Visa Application Centres; longer operating hours; shorter waiting period between appointments and submission of applications; counters for applicants and travel agents/tour operators; secure handling of passports, documents and personal information; and online appointment scheduling, payment and tracking of application status.
Michael Steiner, German Ambassador to India, said, “For most Indians and Bhutanese travelling to Europe, be it for business or leisure, Germany is high on the wish list. Therefore, the visa application process should be as smooth as possible. With our new policy, we take the visa application process to the people’s door. This is good service and customer-orientation at its best.”
Vishal Jairath, Regional Head-South Asia, VFS Global, said, “The fact that the German Embassy has commissioned us with the visa outsourcing application process imbibes confidence in our abilities. I am sure this association has a long way ahead. VFS Global in association with the German Embassy New Delhi will bring convenience to all Indian business and leisure travellers.”