Al Arabi Travel Agency

Today, we’re talking visas…

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With the introduction of the VFS service in the UAE, some travel visas are now processed at service centres rather than the traditional route of going to a respective embassy.

VFS Global is a global outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions and governments worldwide. The company manages visa issuance-related administrative and non-judgmental tasks for its client governments. With 610 Visa Application Centres (VACs) and operations in 69 countries across five continents as at 31 March 2012, VFS Global serves the interests of the diplomatic missions of 37 sovereign governments. The company has successfully processed over 44.02 million visa applications since its inception in 2001.

Some visas still require you to go to the embassy rather than the VFS application centres so it’s prudent to speak to the relevant embassy when you book a holiday. To the best of our knowledge, the following countries require you to get a visa through an application centre, rather than the respective embassy, in the United Arab Emirates:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Of course, the adaptation of VFS is an ongoing process and we’d advise that you check with an embassy at all times to ensure where you need to go to get your visa processed. The following page will advise which countries require you to attend a VFS application centre:

You can also click the map (opening an interactive flash file) which will allow you to see which VFS application centre you should attend depending on the visa you wish to apply for.

If you’ve booked through us and need more information about how to apply for a particular visa, please give your travel consultant a call and we’ll make sure to find out the best possible information for your particular requirements.


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