VISA

Nip the counterfeit threat in the bud!

Vaccination passport security is the major new issue facing the travel industry, according to Adam Schrader, Director of Operations at travel risk intelligence company Riskline. Counterfeit vaccination passports and certificates will seriously undermine their role in reopening travel and events sectors unless the issue is addressed quickly. ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Set …

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A safer, future-ready ecosystem

Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – South Asia, Middle East & North Africa and Americas, VFS Global, says that in essence, the future of visa processing now rests with how the enablers are able to best integrate the dire need for safety to a new, disrupted journey. Globalisation brought with …

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Medical visas issued, eTV soon

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, has said that with India emerging as an important destination for medical tourism, the medical visa is already being issued and that the e-Tourist Visa as well as scheduled international flights are also set to commence soon. Nisha Verma Calling India …

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Digi-pass boosts confidence

Digital passes and certificates lower the risk of COVID-19 infection by providing accurate health status details of passengers, says GlobalData, a research and consulting company. Amidst COVID-19, several stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry are exploring the option of digital passes and health certificates which include destinations, airlines and …

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E-visa for Russia from Jan

Starting January 1, 2021, Russia will start issuing a 16-day single-entry electronic visa for Indian tourists, to be valid for 60 days. Applicants only need to fill out an online application, which will be reviewed within four days. Indian visitors will be now be able to obtain single-entry business, humanitarian …

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Gratis visa for Indians

  In a major development, Embassies of Spain and Slovakia have agreed to issue ‘Gratis Visa’ to all Indians who were issued a visa earlier this year but could not travel in the last few months because of the pandemic. Manas Dwivedi The decision came following the appeal by Outbound …

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VFS Global starts safe and secure

As lockdowns across the world lift and borders slowly reopen, VFS Global’s Visa Application Centres are resuming operations across the globe once approved by the Central government, Embassies/Consulates as well as the local authorities. It has taken a slew of measures to ensure adherence to WHO and local government guidelines. …

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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 …

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How the travel ecosystem may evolve in the ‘new’ normal

Even though the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the expected growth in the tourism and travel industry, one cannot deny the indispensable role travel still plays in our lives and in the economy of many countries. Travel will bounce back as borders start opening up again, but the way one travels …

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