Asia’s largest visa application centre to make travel hassle-free: Vinay Malhotra

Boasting of visa application centre for 31 countries under one roof, the newly inaugurated VFS centre in the heart of Delhi is sure to improve the travel experience by creating a hassle-free environment. The gala-event, of the launch, was attended by the diplomatic community from 18 countries apart from Mahesh Sharma Minister for tourism and culture. 

 Vinay MalhotraAsia’s largest visa application center, spread across a mammoth 67,000 sq. ft. at the Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, was inaugurated in the presence of high-powered dignitaries. Located in the capital’s prime commercial hub, Connaught Place, the centre was formally inaugurated in the presence of Mahesh Sharma, Minister for tourism and culture, along with Ambassadors, High Commissioners and senior diplomats of various client governments.

The swanky centre is equipped to process in excess of 12,000 visa applications per day – which is expected to ensure smooth movement, service, and monitoring of applications.

Sharing that this newly opened centre was going to act as a one-stop destination for travelers seeking visa to a number of countries, Vinay Malhotra, COO, VFS South Asia said that its location, facilities and infrastructure were unprecedented and it was going to help travelers save time and provide a hassle-free experience.

“A traveler needs to come to one place for his visa and that is VFS center. There is connectivity from the airport, and any part of the city, actually. This is downtown; Connaught Place is in the heart of the city. The next building is a car-park building which has over 1400 car-parking slots. So, it is absolutely a rare thing in Delhi,” he explained.  “So, it is extremely accessible for people to come via train, bus, metro or otherwise.” he further added.

Pointing towards a plethora of facilities available at the centre, he said that they had also kept in mind the needs of various kinds of travelers. “Once you are here, we are offering visas for 31 countries under one roof, so there is convenience. We feel we have catered to families by having a dedicated kids-play area; we feel we have also done our bit to cater to general visitors by having a cafeteria,” shared the COO.  Further mentioning that the centre boasted of premium lounges and a waiting area, he said that, “once you have given your biometric details, you are in and out pretty fast.”

Adding that this development was naturally going to benefit tourists and, ultimately, tourism, he noted that, “So, from all perspectives, we are giving the all the convenience under one roof.”

Speaking about the centre, Zubin Karkaria, CEO – Kuoni Group and CEO – VFS Global, mentioned that, “We are proud to launch services at our flagship centre, which is a representation of our efforts to provide best-in-class services to visa applicants in India and around the world.” Mentioning that as the nation continued to witness a steady rise in travel to and from the country, he expressed confident in their efforts in ensuring a seamless experience for travelers, by integrating technology and security into the visa application process.

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