VFS Global Issues Update On Visa Services In India

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VFS Global, the visa outsourcing and technology services company, has issued an update on visa application services in India. Due to the lockdown/curfew restrictions announced in some states, select visa applications centres are temporarily closed in certain cities.

Information about visa application centres listed in the below table is as of June 9 2021.

Note: Air travel on all routes is subject to government advisories and permissions for air travel may be independent of the visa process.

CountryVisa CategoriesCities
AustriaC & D Visa Categories with prior approvalsDelhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru
AustraliaTemporarily closed 
BelarusAll Visa CategoriesMumbai and New Delhi
BelgiumShort Term- Seamen, Business (Pre- Approved), Long Term – Work permit, Residence Permit and StudentNew Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad
CanadaTemporarily closed 
ChinaTemporarily closed 
CroatiaCategory D, Short Term – Tourist, Business, Family Visit and Emergency cases. Long Term – Work permit, Resident PermitNew Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru
CyprusExceptional applications basis on Embassy approvalsDelhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad
Czech RepublicTemporarily closed 
DenmarkAll short-and-long term applications as per the Embassy websiteNew Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kochi
Dominican RepublicResidence, Work and Business visasNew Delhi, Mumbai
EstoniaC visa applications with prior approvalsKochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata
FinlandTemporarily closed 
France· Airport Transit
· Spouse of French/EU and Children
· Seaman
· Foreign citizen working in a diplomatic or consular mission, or an international organisation with headquarters or an office in France, as well as their partner and children
· Citizen of a third country holding a long-stay visa issued for the purpose of family reunion or reunification of refugee families, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons (OFII family)
· C visa applications with prior approvals
New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad
GeorgiaTemporarily closed 
Germany· D Category (Student, Employment, Family reunion)
· D Visa stamping and C Visa with consulate approval
· Family Reunion submission initiated at the Embassy and C Visa categories with prior approvals
· D Visa stamping only for Family Reunion & Dependent Cases submitted with appointment only (North India)
· Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Bengaluru
· Kolkata – D visa category only
HungaryEmbassy approved casesNew Delhi
IcelandEmbassy approved casesNew Delhi
ItalyStudent visa, Seamen visa, Business visa and any exceptional category approved by the ConsulateDelhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Bengaluru
IrelandLong Stay / Short stay and emergency cases post mission approvalMumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Delhi
JapanTemporarily closed 
LatviaStudent Visa, pre-approved cases from Embassy – D visaDelhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai
LebanonAll Visa Categories (BAU)Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata
Lithuania· Long Term Applications, Family members of EU and Lithuania citizens (C visa)
· Resident Permit
· Foreigners travelling for other essential purpose (eligibility confirmed by the Embassy) (C and D visa)
Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad
LuxembourgAll D visa and C visa applications with mission approvalsMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and Kolkata
MaltaTemporarily closed 
MalaysiaSingle Entry VisasMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad
MEAAttestation and apostille of personal and educational documentsMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad
MoroccoClosed 
New ZealandLong-stay and other categories (postal applications only)New Delhi
NigeriaTemporarily closed 
NorwayTemporarily closed 
PolandCategory DMumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata
PortugalD6 (Family Reunion), Seaman, Student and Embassy approved casesMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata
South AfricaAll visa categoriesMumbai, Bengaluru
New Delhi – Opens on 10 June 2021
Kolkata – Opens on 15 June 2021
South KoreaOpening on 15 June 2021 – Business, Employment, Study and Family Visitor visasNew Delhi and Kolkata
SwedenAll categories, with declarations onlyMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata
SwitzerlandD Visa stamping for authorised cases onlyAll cities
ThailandVISA TR, STV and long stay non- OA, non-B (employment) and medical treatmentMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad
The NetherlandsBlue Carpet, Seaman and re-entry visasMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru
TurkeyAll visa categoriesMumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi
UAE – DVPCOnline applications only for all categories except for Service / Business visasKolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai
United KingdomAll Visa categoriesNew Delhi, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad and Chandigarh
UkraineAll visas except touristMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata,
USAEmergency Cases, IW Allocation for Student visa classes, H & L visa classes and all visa classes· Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Delhi
· Hyderabad – Only emergency cases

“As this information is fluid and being updated regularly, please visit the country-specific websites on vfsglobal.com for the most updated information. Real time updates are also posted on our social media channels and the Covid-19 customer advisories page,” reads an official statement by VFS Global.

Owing to the suspension of our services in Bhopal, Coimbatore, Gurugram, Lucknow, Goa and Thiruvananthapuram, customer requirement can be serviced through Visa At Your Doorstep service.

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VFS Global has established standardised protective measures to be followed across centres, including physical distancing and sanitisation, body temperature checks, use of masks and sanitisers, disinfecting high-contact surfaces. Customers with Covid-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter the centre.


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