Czech Republic opens visa application centre in Muscat

Muscat - 

The Embassy of the Czech Republic and VFS Global have extended visa application services for applicants in Oman. Applicants can now visit the VFS Global centre in Muscat to submit visa applications for the Czech Republic and enrol for biometrics in a convenient way.

Minister Plenipotentiary Talib Said al Hassani, deputy head of the Consular Department of Oman's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, inaugurated the centre which is located at level 1, Tilal Complex, Muscat Grand Mall in Bausher. Services at this location will begin from Thursday.

Dana Eltomova, head of the Consular Section, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh, said, “The newly opened VFS Global Czech Visa Application Centre in Muscat aims at improving visa services for both citizens and residents of the Sultanate of Oman wishing to visit the Czech Republic for leisure, business or a medical stay. The step reflects the growing bilateral relations between the two countries as well as the interest of the Czech Republic for their further enhancement.

“In 2016, the Czech Republic is planning to open an honorary consulate in Muscat, to bring a wide spectrum business delegation and to move forward a bilateral cooperation between universities, among others.

“We would like to use this opportunity to invite the Omani citizens and residents to visit the Czech Republic, to enjoy the atmosphere of Prague or any other of its 12 Unesco heritage sites, or to relax during a wellness stay in a Czech spa. We wish for the VFS Global Czech Visa Application Centre to have a smooth start and successful processing of visas.”

Yummi Talwar, regional head, Middle East, VFS Global, said, “It is our privilege to be the trusted partner of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the Middle East. The extension of our association with this esteemed client across the region reflects their faith in our ability to provide services to enhance the visa application experience for travellers. In view of the increase in travel to the Czech Republic, we are confident our efforts will make the travel experience seamless and smooth.”

The centre has staff with local language capability to handle queries and applications besides automated queue governance, dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, checklist and applicable fees; secure handling of passports, documents and personal information and doorstep delivery of passports.

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