Boost for India-China personnel exchange as ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ is inaugurated at Connaught Place

The ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ was inaugurated at New Delhi’s commercial hub Connaught Place, making China visa application facilities centrally accessible for residents in and around New Delhi.

The centre was inaugurated by HE Luo Zhaohui, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to India, Wei Xiaodong, Vice Director-General, Service Bureau for the Foreign Ministry And Its Overseas Missions of the People’s Republic of China, and Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global Group, at a ceremony held on 24 February 2017. The inauguration was also attended by other key members from the Government of the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of P.R. China in India, and VFS Global.

The ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ is now located at the Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, having moved from its earlier location in the Saket area. This centre is on the premises of South Asia’s largest Joint Visa Application Centre, serving 31client missions under one roof, and noted for its state-of-the-art infrastructure and biometric enrolment capabilities, spacious settings, Premium Lounges for personalised comfort of applicants, and scientifically-designed layout forseamless applicant flow.

Commenting on the launch, Li Bijian, Minister Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in India, said, “With the inauguration of the new office in the new year, I hope that the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre could further expand and enhance its services in order to promote people-to-people exchanges between China and India and make new contributions to the bilateral relations.”

To further aid the P.R.China Government’s efforts to promote tourism, travellers can also avail of premium packages through ‘China in Luxury’, an initiativeoffering exclusive travel experiences for visitors.

Said Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global Group, “We are pleased to launch this new Chinese Visa Application Service Centerthat aims to offer greater convenience and ease to applicants. We anticipate strong tourism growth between India and China and this spacious centre will enable us to cater to the rising demand for China visas and simultaneously enhance the visa applicant’s experience. We are also honoured that the very first ‘China in Luxury’ outlet in the world located in this centre will go a long way in driving luxury tourism to China.”

As the economic and commercial links between the two nations continue to strengthen, China is emerging as a destination of choice for business and leisure travellers out of India. China’s rich breadth of culture and history, and a great number and variety of world-class tourist attractions, make it a preferred sightseeingdestination.

VFS Global has served the Government of the People’s Republic of China since 2008 and currently manages visa services for the government in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya,and India, through a total of 6 visa application centres.

Key features of the centre include:

  • Convenient and central location, next to multi-level car parking with over 1400 parking slots
  • Longer operating hours allowing applicants to visit at a time of their convenience
  • Automated Queue Management system for quicker and more efficient submission processes
  • Premium Lounges for personalised service
  • Dedicated pre-registration area to guide applicants and provide on-site consulting services
  • Value added services such as photocopy and photo-booth facilities available
  • Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, checklist, applicable fees, visa status update
  • Dedicated contact centre and email support to answer queriesand track application status

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