MUMBAI, India — Dubai-based Outsourcing and technology services company VFS Global has resumed the UAE tourist visa services for Indians from Aug. 30 as Abu Dhabi announced the reopening of borders for Indian travelers ahead of the Expo 2020 trade fair.

“The reopening of borders to the UAE is a reassuring move for the travel industry, with the United Arab Emirates being among the most popular destinations for Indians, especially with the Expo 2020 Dubai around the corner,” said Noel Swain, business head — Schengen, eVisa and passport services, VFS Global.

“We wish all our customers’ safe travels.”

Services are available for Emirates Airlines and Fly Dubai customers only, VFS Global said in a press release on Aug. 31.

Travelers will be required to present a valid negative Covid-19 Test certificate issued within 48 hours from collecting the sample and from an approved health service.

“Customers can apply for the visas online or at one of the Dubai Visa Processing Centres in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Thiruvananthapuram, which are currently operating on limited days of the week,” VFS Global said.

VFS Global is also an official ticket reseller for Expo 2020 Dubai in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), India, China, Russia, U.K., and Germany.

Dubbed the world’s greatest show, Expo 2020 will be held from Oct. 1, 2021, to Mar. 31, 2022. The Expo is a world fair visited by millions worldwide supervised by the bureau international des expositions [Bureau of International Expositions].

“Healthcare is going through unprecedented innovation and change. Between January 26-30, 2022, the U.K. Pavilion at Expo 2020 will explore how we will thrive in the future. Join us as we explore ongoing healthcare innovation to deliver better global outcomes,” tweeted U.K. representatives at the Expo.

VFS Global has been associated with the government of the UAE since 2002 and provides visa services on its behalf in 15 countries worldwide.

The firm recently inaugurated an Indian consular center in Washington, D.C.

“On Aug. 24, H.E. Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States, inaugurated our new India Consular Application Centre in Washington DC. Services at the Centre include Passport applications, OCI, GEP, Renunciation, and Police Clearance Certificate,” VFS Global tweeted.

The Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India’s apex industry body, also invited applications from Indian students based in the UAE for a two-week internship program at the Consulate General of India, Dubai.

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Saptak Datta and Praveen Pramod Tewari

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