VISA

E-visa to all regions of Russia?

After offering free e-visa to Indian tourists travelling to four regions of the Russian Federation, including St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Kaliningrad and Far East region, Russia is going to further simplify the process by offering an e-visa facility to all regions of the Federation by 2021. Manas Dwivedi The Federal Agency …

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VFS’ Italy Global app from Feb

VFS Global, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy, will launch the ‘Italy Global’ App on February 1, to facilitate a seamless visa process for Indian travellers heading to the European nation or those interested in doing business there. Anupriya Bishnoi The previous year was a record one for …

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Polish visa in Delhi & Mumbai

The Embassy of Republic of Poland in India and VFS Global have signed a contract under which the latter will provide visa services for Poland in India through its centres in Delhi and Mumbai. Manas Dwivedi Residents of India can now apply for a Polish visa through VFS Global. Its …

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SA tests e-visa for India

In an effort to double its numbers from India by 2030, South Africa’s tourism ministry recently announced an e-visa regime for Indian passport holders on a pilot basis. The project was launched in the fourth week of January 2020. Hazel Jain South African Tourism recently concluded the 17th edition of …

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Asia dominates at Henley Passport Index 2020

Anupriya Bishnoi Asian countries have firmly established their lead on the Henley Passport Index, the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. For the third consecutive year, Japan has secured the top spot on the index …

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Offbeat locales in demand: VFS

Reaching the milestone of processing 200 million visa applications globally since its inception, VFS Global is increasing its outreach to travel partners for process-related information to ensure they are well-equipped. Manas Dwivedi Q. What are your thoughts on achieving this milestone? This milestone is the result of the continued faith …

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70% growth for Slovakia

With a total of three VFS Global’s visa application centres in India, Slovakia saw a 70 per cent increase in Indian arrivals in 2018, with leisure tourism on the rise. Hazel Jain Ivan Lancaric, Ambassador of Slovakia to India, based in New Delhi, was recently in Mumbai to officially inaugurate …

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Lithuania enters VFS fold

VFS Global has rolled out Lithuania visa services in New Delhi to cater to travellers from India visiting the European country. Along with Delhi, the services are available in Mumbai and Bengaluru. Manas Dwivedi Julius Pranevicius, Ambassador of Lithuania to India and Giedrius KaXakevicius, Director of the Consular Department, Ministry …

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