VFS Global has brought Slovakia visa application services closer to home for Indian residents, with the launch of a Visa Application Centre in the capital city of New Delhi.
The center was formally inaugurated on March 27 by H.E. Ivan Lančarič, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic in New Delhi.
The Visa Application Centre in New Delhi is one of three VFS Global centres launched across India, providing Slovakia visa services. The other two are located in the metro cities of Mumbai and Bengaluru. All three centers commenced accepting Slovakia visa applications in December 2018, prior to which applicants had to travel to New Delhi to submit their applications at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in New Delhi.
Slovakia visa applications have seen a rise in recent years, with the destination gaining popularity among Indian travelers across segments. An impressive 68 percent increase was recorded in Slovakia visa applications in 2018 over 2017.
Lančarič said, “If you are interested in visiting a country with a rich history, unique traditions, vibrant cities, historic architecture and a wealth of summer or winter opportunities for outdoor adventures, Slovakia may be the perfect destination for your next trip. With many magical castles, mountain peaks and tasty food and wines, Slovakia offers the tourist experience that will both surprise and delight visitors.”
Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – South Asia, Middle East, and China, VFS Global, said, “We are extremely pleased to be commencing Slovakia visa services in New Delhi. With the launch of this center, we now provide Slovakia visa services in three cities across India. The Central European country, popular for its expansive national parks, vibrant culture and historical castles and chateaux, has caught the attention of the well-heeled Indian traveler, and we look forward to getting their visits off to a great start with our best-in-class visa services.”
The New Delhi Visa Application Centre provides Slovakia visa applicants a smooth and seamless visa submission experience, including a range of optional services to further ease the process, such as automated SMS updates on visa applications, online tracking of the visa request, and courier return of processed passports, among others.
VFS Global provides visa services for 45 countries at the center in New Delhi.
The Slovakia Visa Application Centres in India have been launched as part of the mandate signed on 5 November 2018, wherein the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic contracted VFS Global to provide visa services in 10 countries worldwide – P.R. China, India, Kazakhstan, Palestine, Belarus, Russia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Egypt, through a network of 38 Visa Application Centres.