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United Arab Emirates: New visa center for France opens in Abu Dhabi with remote application option – News


Published: Mon Dec 18, 2023, 7:07 p.m.

VFS Global has opened a new center in Abu Dhabi to process French visa applications, not only for the capital but for all seven emirates.

Located at The Mall – World Trade Centre, Khalifa Bin Zayed the 1st Street, the center was inaugurated on December 18 by Soumya Zelmat, Consul of France in Abu Dhabi.

Applicants can apply remotely through the ‘Visa At Your Doorstep’ service, or in person at the centre.

Commenting on the launch of the new centre, Soumya Zelmat said: “The opening of this new visa center entirely dedicated to France reaffirms our commitment to facilitating exchanges between France and the United Arab Emirates by providing efficient and transparent services to all those who wish to visit France. which this year is once again the most visited country in the world. “We understand the importance of facilitating international travel for tourists, students, businesspeople and families, and are committed to providing a seamless and hassle-free visa application experience across all seven emirates.”

Ms Monaz Billimoria, Regional Director of VFS Global, added: “The launch of France’s first independent visa application center in the country highlights the growing demand for France as a destination, whether for business or leisure. We have witnessed a 45 percent growth in visa applications from France in the United Arab Emirates since November 2023 compared to November 2022. We are excited to welcome applicants to these new facilities and thank the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi for their support.”

The facilities feature a large waiting area, state-of-the-art biometric facilities and a space dedicated to promoting France as a destination, providing applicants with key information ahead of their trips.

Travelers visiting this center can also choose from a range of optional services, such as courier return service to receive processed passports at home, Prime Time to submit applications outside of business hours, visa assistance and form filling by of trained professionals, among others.

Those looking for a more personalized service can also opt for the Premium Lounge to receive end-to-end assistance throughout the entire process in a luxurious setting.

Applicants from the remaining Schengen countries in Abu Dhabi should continue to visit the Joint Visa Application Center at the World Trade Center Mall to submit their documents.


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