VISA

VFS sells majority stakes

EQT Private Equity is set to sell a majority stake in VFS Global to Blackstone and retain a minority position. According to sources, the acquisition is estimated at over $2 billion valuation. VFS Global is the industry pioneer and the world’s largest provider of visa outsourcing services. It is 90% …

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Tourist visas to India resume

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has announced it will grant fresh tourist visas to incoming foreigners via charter flights from Oct 15 and for all other flights from Nov 15. There will also be no capacity restrictions on scheduled domestic flights from October 18. Nisha Verma Ministry of Home …

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Visa and travel checklist for South Africa

Travelling to South Africa or sending your clients there? Make sure you are armed with these important visa and travel guidelines before you book air tickets and accommodation. TT Bureau South Africa is now open to international leisure and business travellers from all over the globe, including India. Given the …

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Students beware: VFS Global

VFS Global advises prospective students to be wary of scamsters looking to take advantage of this peak-demand period. The company is itself taking all necessary measures to accommodate student visas. With borders slowly reopening for Indians after months-long closures owing to the pandemic, particularly student visa applications being submitted for …

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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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