Planning To Travel Soon? Here Are Visa Rules Amid Covid-19 Pandemic That You Must Know

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by Yogita Chainani
by Yogita Chainani 371

Covid-19 had brought the world to a standstill. And now after several months, many countries have opened up for tourists while keeping all the safety conditions in mind. Several nations have also opened up visa services for the UAE, allowing patrons to travel abroad to enjoy winter holidays. However, there are some rules that one needs to follow while planning a trip amid the pandemic. Right from planning to securing visas for travelling to other countries, here are all the rules that UAE-ites should know.

Many countries are welcoming visitors as flights have resumed from UAE as well. However, travelling in the post-covid world also means that one needs to be extra careful with the changing policies. And for the same, experts at Dubai’s VFS Global, the world’s largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has decided to make our lives easier by answering some of the most common questions.

Covid-19 Certificate While Applying For Visa

One doesn’t need to provide any covid certificates while applying for visas. However, some countries depending on their rules will ask for medical certificates while applying for the visa. If you apply for the visa through VFS, you can opt for booking the test services before departure. Test samples may be submitted either at the partnered certified laboratory in Ajman, Dubai, or Sharjah, or a location of choice using the ‘At Your Doorstep’ service. 

Visa Expiry And Applications

If you have received the visa before lockdown and if it has expired now or is going to expire soon, then you have to process the visa application again. And if you are abroad and your visa is due to expire soon, do reach out to the relevant visa or immigration authorities of that country for assistance.

Application Of Visa At Home

If you are sceptical about visiting the Visa office, then you must know that VFS is providing visa at your doorstep services. It is a convenient visa application process from the safety and comfort of your home or office. However, it is only available for certain countries- depending on your location.

Safety Rules And Physical Distancing Guidelines At The Visa Application Centres

To ensure customers and the official’s safety, it is essential to follow all the safety guidelines issued by local health authorities such as temperature checks, physical distancing and other safety norms.

Information On Visa Application Centres

If you want to know about the latest changes in the policies and guidelines, then you must visit COVID-19 Customer Advisories page on www.vfsglobal.com/customer-advisories. On this site, you will be able to access all the latest updates. 

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