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Kurme (L) and Dsouza (R) inaugurate the new centre

Latvia opens new external visa centres in UAE

DUBAI, February 4, 2018

The Embassy of Latvia has announced the opening of new external visa application centres in the UAE – in Abu Dhabi and Dubai - in partnership with VFS Global.

The new centres, which are operational from today, were inaugurated by Astra Kurme, ambassador of Latvia to the UAE, and Melvin Duart Dsouza, head of operations - UAE, VFS Global.

The centres will be managed and operated by VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide. Visa applicants from the UAE need not henceforth approach the Embassy of Latvia for their visa requirements as VFS Global is mandated to handle the applications as well as biometric enrolment.

Speaking at the inauguration, Kurme said: “It is an important step towards facilitating contacts between people and nations. The possibility to apply and receive visa to visit Latvia will significantly improve tourism and business exchange not only between Latvia and the UAE, but also the whole Gulf region as the embassy’s consular mandate covers all GCC region.”

The VFS Global Latvia visa application centre in Abu Dhabi is located at Level 25, Shining Tower on Mubarak bin Mohammed Street next to Khalidiya Mall. In Dubai, the VFS Global centre is located at Wafi Mall, Level 2, Umm Hurair. Visa applicants from the UAE can direct their queries and appointment requests to the call centre or communicate with the centre at

Commenting on the launch, Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, said: “The new visa centres are opening at a high point in the context of potentially increasing travel requirements from the UAE, be it for leisure, tourism or business purposes. We are honoured to be part of this growing relationship between the two countries and are confident to bring enhanced level of efficiency in services and a seamless, delightful customer experience to the visa applicants from the UAE.”   

The opening of the visa centres in the UAE follows VFS Global winning the outsource mandate from the Government of Latvia for various countries including in the UK, China, India, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Lebanon and South Korea.
The VFS Global centres for Latvian Schengen visa applications are managed by professionals who are trained to provide secure and time-efficient processing of entry permit requirements in a friendly ambience. Applicants can also opt for the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalised service.

Some of the key features of the centres include convenience in terms of location, automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants and a dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, check-list and applicable fees. Apart from these, VFS Global staff is well trained in 100 per cent secure handling of passports, documents and personal information. Door-step delivery of passport is also yet another service VFS Global offers. - TradeArabia News Service

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