VFS Global launches Visa Application Centre for the Czech Republic in Bahrain

VFS Global is pleased to announce the launch of the Visa Application Centre for the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Applicants for visas to the Czech Republic can now visit the centrally-located VFS Global centre to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics in a convenient and comfortable environment.

The centre is located at 18th Floor, Diplomatic Commercial Tower, Diplomatic Area, Manama, Bahrain. Services at this location commenced on 01 December 2015.

Speaking about the launch, Ms Dana Eltamova, Head of the Consular Section, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh, said, “The newly opened VFS Global Czech Visa Application Centre in Manama aims at improving the visa services for both citizens and residents of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and reflects the growing bilateral relations between the two countries. We believe that this important step will help to further enhance the tourism, both medical and for leisure, as well as business activities between the Czech Republic and Bahrain. The Czech Republic committed to make the visa services more accessible for the Bahraini citizens and residents during the official visit of H. E. the Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa to Prague, the Czech capital, in February 2013. A portable biometrics device was introduced first, now being supplemented by the outsourcing of the receipt of short-term visa applications, which enables to accommodate more applicants. Citizens and residents of Bahrain will no longer need to travel to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh. We wish for the VFS Global Czech Visa Application Centre to have a smooth start and successful processing of visas.”

Added Ms Yummi Talwar, Regional Head – Middle East, VFS Global, “We are committed to streamlining the visa application process for travellers and providing best-in-class services for visitors to our centres. We are privileged to partner with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the Kingdom of Bahrain and are confident our services will enhance the overall experience for applicants.”

The key features of the centre include:
•    Convenient and centrally-accessed location
•    Professional staff with local language capability to handle queries and applications
•    Well-appointed centre for enhanced comfort of applicants
•    Automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants
•    Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, check-list and applicable fees
•    100% secure handling of passports, documents and personal information
•    Door-step delivery of passports
•    Premium Lounge for personalised and comfortable service

The Czech Republic Visa Application Centre
Address: 18th Floor, Diplomatic Commercial Tower, Diplomatic Area, Manama, Bahrain

Helpline: + 973 16198212  Email: info.czechbahrain@vfshelpline.com
Website: www.vfsglobal.com/czechrepublic/bahrain

Business hours: 0800hrs to 1600hrs (Sunday to Thursday)

Submission Timings: 0800hrs – 1500hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
Document Collection: 1500hrs – 1600hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)

*VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications for the Embassy of the Czech Republic. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Timelines for turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authorities.

About VFS Global
VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. With over 1862 Application Centres, operations in 124 countries across five continents and over 110 million applications processed as on 31 October 2015, VFS Global serves the interests of 48 client governments. VFS Global’s worldwide operations are certified ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security Management System and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System.

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