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The last quarter has witnessed intermittent activity for the international travel community, with borders opening sporadically in step with vaccination drives in various regions. We at VFS Global, the world’s leading visa services organisation, would like to keep you apprised of the re-openings of Visa Application Centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and other efforts currently undertaken according to the regulations set by our client governments. Below is a consolidation of the latest ‘restart’ updates in visa application operations in the UAE.

At present, the visa application process (in various categories) for over 33 governments has resumed at select Visa Application Centres across UAE.

Information about visa operations listed in the below table is as of 15 April 2021. As this information is fluid and being updated regularly, please visit the country-specific website on www.vfsglobal.com for the most updated information. Real time updates are also posted on our social media channels and the COVID-19 Customer Advisories page.

Our Visa Application Centres across UAE remain open as of 22 April 2021, though timings and days of working may vary, during the month of Ramadan and according to pandemic-related regulations.

Exceptional Cases*** - Applications accepted only as per approval and instructions from the Client Government.

Country

Visa Categories

Cities

Ramadan Timing

Australia

Biometric submission for all categories

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Monday & Tuesday

(9am – 1pm)

Austria

Exceptional Cases*** & Consular Services

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Monday & Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Belgium

Visa category: C & D (limited)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Canada

Biometric collection for BIL holder Package Transmission Service

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday – Thursday

(8am – 2pm)

China

Visa category: Exceptional cases***

Dubai

Monday & Wednesday

(9am – 3pm)

Croatia

Visa category: C & D (limited)

Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(9am – 3pm)

Cyprus

BAU (Business as usual)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Monday & Thursday

(9am – 3pm)

Czech Republic

Exceptional Cases***

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday & Tuesday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Denmark

Visa category: D

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Finland

Exceptional Cases***

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Tuesday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

France

Visa category: C & D (limited)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Germany

Counsellor services & passport collection & Exceptional Cases***

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Greece

Exceptional Cases***

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Tuesday & Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Ireland

Category D** (Limited categories) (Passport Services)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Monday & Thursday

(9am – 2pm)

Dubai

Sunday & Wednesday

(9am – 2pm)

Italy

Visa category: D (emergency cases)

Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Dubai: 9am – 1pm)

KSA

Visa categories: all

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(09:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Latvia

Visa category: C (emergency cases)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Lithuania

Visa category: C & D (limited)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Malta

Limited visa category: D

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Malaysia

visa category: Limited

Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(9am – 1pm)

Nigeria

National Identification Number Enrollment

Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(9am – 3pm)

Norway

Visa category: C (emergency cases) & D

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

New Zealand

Visa categories: Limited

Dubai

Sunday – Thursday

(9am – 2pm)

Portugal

Visa category: D, E & C (Exceptional Cases)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Philippines

Passport renewal

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Saturday

(Abu Dhabi: 8am – 5pm/ Dubai: 8am – 8pm)

Sweden

Visa category: Embassy approved cases

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Ad hoc exceptional cases as per Embassy instructions

Singapore

Visa categories: Limited

Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(9am – 3pm)

South Africa

Visa categories: Limited

Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(9am – 3pm)

Switzerland

Category C & Exceptional Cases***

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday & Tuesday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Turkey

Visa categories: all

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(9am – 3pm)

The Netherlands

Visa category: C (Exceptional cases)

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(Abu Dhabi: 9am – 1pm/ Dubai: 9am – 3pm)

Ukraine

Visa categories: all

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday to Thursday

(9am – 3pm)

United Kingdom

Visa categories: all

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Sunday – Thursday

(9am – 2pm)

Please note: Air travel on all routes is subject to government advisories and permissions for air travel may be independent of the visa process.

Restart of other visa application processes

Please note that VFS Global Visa Application Centres can open only when the concerned Embassy / Consulate provides approval and directs it to do so. It does not decide on re-opening of any Centre on its own.

Some countries may have limited slots opened for appointments at present and only in certain cities. Customers are advised not to fall prey to touts or fraudsters who offer false promises of appointments / visas / job / immigration in exchange for payment.

Health and safety precautions at the Centres

As an extra layer of caution to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees alike, VFS Global has established standardised protective measures to be followed across centres, including physical distancing and sanitisation, body temperature checks, use of masks and sanitizers, disinfecting high-contact surfaces, etc. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter the centre.

‘Visa At Your Doorstep’ service

As an optional service to customers wanting to complete their entire visa application submission process from the comfort of their home or office, VFS Global continues to provide the “Visa At Your Doorstep” service whereby a customer can submit the application, enrol biometrics, and get the passport couriered back to their his/her location of choice.

COVID-19 test booking and health insurance services

Anticipating customer needs further, VFS Global introduced online booking of COVID-testing facilities in September 2020. Being ahead of the curve with their operational excellence, the company has ensured the utmost comfort to customers by allowing them to avail this facility at their doorstep as well.  For greater convenience, health and travel insurances are also readily available for purchase for customers visiting VFS Global Visa Application Centres.

Courier service

As a precautionary measure, customers may also opt for our courier services to get their passports delivered to their preferred address, after adjudication by the concerned diplomatic mission. This service may also be made mandatory by certain countries.

Source: MSL Group