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Italy opens new visa application centre in Bahrain

MANAMA, October 10, 2018

The Italian Embassy in Bahrain has opened a new visa application centre in Manama in partnership with VFS Global, a leading outsourcing and technology services specialist.

In a joint statement, VFS Global and the embassy said the new centre will provide greater seamlessness to visa application processing and resident visa applicants in Bahrain need not submit their Schengen visa applications at the embassy.

Inaugurating the visa application centre, Domenico Bellato, ambassador of Italy to Bahrain, said: “We are very pleased to start a new chapter of cooperation with VFS Global, providing a state-of-the-art service in collecting applications for short-stay Visas for travel to Italy and Malta as their main destinations in the Schengen area. We are confident that the new visa application centre will further increase the number of Bahraini citizens and residents in choosing Italy as their destination for tourism and business.”

In February this year, Italy renewed visa processing contracts with VFS Global for four years for Cameroon, Ghana and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, VFS Global was also awarded a three-year contract to manage Italy visa services to the residents of Libya. Last year, VFS Global also won the mandate to process Italian visas in Kuwait.

The VFS Global Italy Visa Application Centre in Bahrain is located at the 18th Floor, Diplomatic Commercial Office Towers, Building 1565 in Diplomatic Area 317, Manama.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO - Middle East, South Asia & China, VFS Global, said: “The Italian mandate to VFS Global follows a 14-year old relationship with the client government and it is our commitment to provide efficient, secure and convenient visa application services to the residents of Bahrain travelling to Italy and/or Malta as their main destinations in the Schengen area.”
The visa application centre will provide secure processing of entry permit requirements in a friendly ambience. Applicants can also opt for the comfort and privacy of a Premium Lounge. - TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Bahrain | Italy | Visa application |

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