VFS Global in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in India is expanding the network of Japan Visa Application Centres across the country. This partnership would bring visa application facilities to applicants in 13 additional cities in India.
VFS Global, as part of the country-wide rollout has launched Visa Application Centres in the South Indian cities of Chennai, Bengaluru, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, Cochin and Trivandrum. Earlier this month, a centrally-accessible and well-connected centre was launched in Mumbai, along with a full-fledged Visa Application Centre in Kolkata.
Until now, New Delhi, Chandigarh and Jalandhar were the only cities where applicants could submit Japan visa applications through VFS Global centres. Applicants from other cities in India had to previously submit their visa applications, either in person or through a travel agent, at the Japanese Consulates in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru or through the submission facilities arranged in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Dehradun, Agra and Guwahati.
Speaking about the launch, H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, said, “India is an important market for the tourism sector in Japan. In 2016, approximately 1,23,000 Indians visited Japan. I see enormous potential in the Indian market. The opening of multiple centres across India is a major step towards enhancing people-to-people exchanges and the cultural relationship between the two countries.”
Commenting on the launch, Vinay Malhotra, COO– Middle East and South Asia, VFS Global, said, “With the opening of the Japan Visa Application Centres across India, travellers to Japan will now get their visas processed through our professionally managed services. We are confident that these centres will positively contribute to the strong ties of travel between the two countries, by maintaining best-in-class standards of service quality for applicants.”
The new centres would be a combination of full-fledged Visa Application Centres, where processing would take place at the centre itself and submission centres, where applicants can submit their application and collect the receipt against the submission. The applications from the submission centres would then be forwarded to the respective main hubs for processing.