Emirates Airlines has partnered with VFS Global- a part of Switzerland-based Kuoni Travel Group to introduce online Visa service for its passengers visiting Dubai for business or leisure, with an aim to simplify travel to the UAE. VFS Global is a specialist partner for diplomatic missions worldwide, processing over seven million (contracted) Visa applications per year. It operates the Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC) in 11 countries. DVPC does not process work Visas.
According to a report in asiatraveltips.com, the service is an extension of the online flight booking process at emirates.com. In its initial phase the facility is being rolled out in 35 countries in the Far East, Indian sub-continent, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. In the second phase, due to roll out in the coming weeks, the service will also be offered offline in certain target markets. These comprise of countries that do not have Emirates Airlines services, but which connect to nearby gateways of the Dubai-based airline.