Residents of Kuwait can now apply for visas to the Netherlands at a new Visa Application Centre launched by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kuwait City. Applicants can visit the VFS Global centre to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics in a centrally-located and comfortable environment.
Kuwait is the seventh country in the Middle East, from where applicants can apply for a visa to the Netherlands. The centre is located at 1st Floor, Albanwan Bldg, Ali Alsalem Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait. Services at this location commenced from 04 April 2016.
The Netherlands joins 8 other Schengen client governments offering visa services at the same centre, making it more convenient for travellers planning multiple business or leisure trips abroad to apply at a single location.
VFS Global serves a total of 13 client governments in Kuwait, and has operated visa processing services in the country since 2005. The company has partnered with the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2006, and serves the client in 24 countries from 54 visa application centres globally.
Speaking about the launch, HE Mr Frans Potuyt, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the State of Kuwait, said, “As the number of visa applications has risen sharply over the last couple of years, our embassy is not able to extend the necessary services anymore to the many Kuwaiti’s and others, who would like to travel to the Netherlands. Of course we will miss the direct pleasant contacts with all these travellers, but we are confident that VFS and its professional staff will do everything to secure a swift application procedure. I hope that we could welcome even more friends from Kuwait in our beautiful country”.
Also present at the launch, Mr Srinarayan Sankaran, COO – Middle East, VFS Global, said, “Our long-standing partnership with our esteemed client government, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is reflective of the trust they have bestowed on us through this time-honoured and successful relationship. We are privileged to further extend our services in Kuwait to them and remain committed to providing comprehensive end-to-end visa services for applicants”.
The key features of the centre include:
- Convenient and centrally-accessed location
- Professional staff with local language capability to handle queries and applications
- Well-appointed centre for enhanced comfort of applicants
- Automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants
- Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, check-list and applicable fees
- 100% secure handling of passports, documents and personal information
- Door-step delivery of passports
- Premium Lounge for personalised and comfortable service
The Netherlands Visa Application Centre
Address: Schengen Visa Application Centre, 1st floor Albanwan Building, Ali Al-Salem Street, Al-Qiblah Area, Kuwait City (opposite Kuwait Central Bank).
Business hours: 0830hrs to 1700hrs (Sunday to Thursday)
Submission Timings: 0830hrs – 1530hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
Passport Collection: 1600hrs – 1700hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
*VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications for the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Timelines for turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authorities.
About VFS Global:
VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. With 1956 Application Centres, operations in 123 countries across five continents and over 115 million applications processed as on 29 February 2016, VFS Global serves the interests of 48 client governments. VFS Global’s worldwide operations are certified ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security Management System and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System.
For more information, please visit www.vfsglobal.com