Category Archives: Visa

VFS launches France Visa Application Centre in Muscat

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The residents of the Sultanate of Oman can now apply for visas to France at the visa application centre launched for the Embassy of France in the capital city of Muscat. Applicants can visit VFS Global’s centre to submit visa applications and enrol for bio-metrics. The Muscat centre is conveniently located in main city centre at Level 1, Tilal Office, Muscat Grand Mall, Dohat Al Adab Street, Al Khuwair, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Services at the centre had commenced on November 8, 2016.

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Electronic chips in Indian passports by 2017

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The centre has plans to issue chip embedded e-passports that can be incorporated with passports to verify information electronically, by next year. Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh has said that fully digital passports that could be even carried in mobile phones would be introduced in the second phase. He said that facilities for e-passports are being installed and it is expected that all fresh passports to be issued from next year would have the chips incorporated in it. The minister also said that once the delay in police verification process is sorted out through electronic passing of information, the time required for issuing passports could be minimised.

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Malaysian visa fee goes up from Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 5,600

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Indians planning their next vacation in Malaysia will have to pay a total of Rs. 5,600 per person starting September 15, 2016. The earlier fee was Rs. 3,500. The Malaysia High Commission has outsourced its visa processing to One Stop Centre Malaysia Visa (OSC) with effect from September 15, 2016. Applicants will now have to bear a total cost of Rs. 5,600 (Visa fees: Rs. 1000 and Processing fees: Rs. 4,600). The processing time of the applications will be five working days for all categories.

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Thailand doubles VoA fee to 2,000 baht

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Starting from September 27, 2016, Thailand, by the order of Ministry of Interior, will increase its VoA fee from 1,000 to 2,000 THB. Tourists from 19 countries including India, Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are entitled to apply for VoA at 42 designated immigration checkpoints, which will allow tourists to stay in the country for up to 15 days.

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