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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 17 : 30 PM [IST]

Russia VAC now open in 4 key Indian metro cities

Applicants can now apply through centrally located Visa Application Centres and also avail of Premium Lounge services in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai
Residents of India can now apply for visas to Russia at VFS Global VAC opened for the Embassy of the Russian federation. The new centres will cater to the growing needs of out-bound travellers to Russia, and increase accessibility to, and convenience of, visa services. With Russia emerging as a popular destination – approximately 55,000 travellers visit Russia from India each year – the application process through the new centres will prove to be smoother and more stream-lined. 

The centre in New Delhi was inaugurated by Nikolay Rishatovich Kudashev, Ambassador Extraordi-nary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India, in a ceremony held on December 17 2018. 

During the ceremony, Kudashev stated, “It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction for me to be present here with the personnel of VFS Global and the Russian Embassy to inaugurate the new Russian VAC. It looks very impressive, very advanced and it perfectly fits into the new substance of our bilateral ties as well as our global co-operation. As you would surely know our relationship is of special and privileged strategic partnership. It carries political, economic, cultural and hu-manitarian content, but after all and finally, it is all about people; it is all about people to people connection, making this enormous relationship going. And this person to person connection will not be possible without such a simple thing as visa. So in a way, the visa is the key to the strategic nature of our bilateral ties, and this key is in the clever hands of the people of VFS Global. I hope this VAC will make a real contribution to the growing strategic connection between our countries and our people.” 

Speaking about the development, Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – Middle East, South Asia & China, said, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the Russian government to the Indian subcontinent with the opening of these VAC in four cities in India. The network of Russia Visa Application Centres serves the needs of the ever-increasing numbers of travellers to Russia from this region and we are confident it will deliver services that exceed the expectations of the applicants.” 

Key features of the centre include: 
Convenient and centrally-accessed location 
Premium Lounge for personalised and comfortable service 
Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, check-list and applicable fees 
100% secure handling of passports, documents and personal information 
Door-step delivery of passports 

•VFS Global has been operating visa processing services for the Government of Russia since 2009, and today serves the client government in 22 countries, apart from India. 
VFS Global is the trusted partner to a total of 46 client governments in India.

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