VFS Global starts limited operations

In a bid to get business going as the world starts to open, VFS Global has resumed operations, albeit restricted. Countries for which visa services have begun are United Kingdom, Italy, UAE, Turkey, Ireland, Belarus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Norway, Portugal and South Korea. Applicants will have to schedule an appointment in advance on the VFS Global website.

VFS Global has announced re-opening of Visa Application Centres in 11 cities for specific visa categories. After specific Embassies/Consulates as well as local authorities have given their approval, VFS Global’s centres will accept visa applications for select countries with strict health and hygiene SOPs in place. Applicants will have to mandatorily schedule an appointment online, through the website www.vfsglobal.com, prior to visiting the Visa Application Centre.

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 virus, 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. All customers and VFS Global employees are required to wear a face mask.

Before you apply

  • For UK visa, some optional, premium services will currently not be offered, including: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa (for visit visas), Priority Visa for settlement visas, Flexi Time Service, and Walk-in Service. The available premium services will be listed on the website.
  • All other VACs in South Asia remain closed until further notice. VFS Global will contact customers who had previously booked appointments at these centres to arrange for them to complete their application at a different location.


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