Residents in the United Arab Emirates can now apply for visas to Cyprus at a new visa application centre launched in Abu Dhabi. The centre was inaugurated by HE Mr Vasilis Polemitis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Arab Emirates, on 06 April 2016.
Abu Dhabi is the second city in the United Arab Emirates, after Dubai, from where applicants can apply for a visa to Cyprus.
Both centres serve the growing needs of outbound travellers from the UAE. With Cyprus emerging as a popular travel destination, applicants will find the modern and professionally-staffed centres that have been set up in prime locations, as an added convenience when applying for their Cyprus visas.
The new centre in Abu Dhabi is located at the Joint Visa Application Centre, Level 25, Shining Tower, King Khalid Bin Abdel Aziz, 26th Street, Abu Dhabi. Services at this location commenced from 06 April 2016.
VFS Global offers visa services for 24 client governments in the UAE, since commencing operations in the country in 2004. VFS Global currently serves the Government of the Republic of Cyprus in 4 countries from 17 visa application centres globally.
Speaking about the launch, HE Mr Vasilis Polemitis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Arab Emirates, said, “This new Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi will offer another service option to travellers in the United Arab Emirates, in addition to our Visa Application Centre in Dubai. Our aim is to offer a substantially better service-level for Cyprus visa applicants throughout the UAE, by offering increased accessibility and shorter handling times. We are hopeful that extending this service to Abu Dhabi, a crucial economic and travel hub, will further increase our exchange with this very important country”.
Added Mr Srinarayan Sankaran, COO – Middle East, VFS Global, “We are honoured to partner with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to set up these centres that are aimed at providing added convenience and accessibility to UAE residents applying for a visa to Cyprus. We are confident these centres will help us achieve our common goal of making the visa procedure convenient and smooth, and will significantly contribute to the advancement of travel between Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates.”
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
Cyprus Visa Application Centre
Abu Dhabi Address: Joint Visa Application Centre, Level 25, Shining Tower, King Khalid Bin Abdel Aziz, 26th Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Dubai Address: Wafi Mall, Level 2, Falcon Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2, P.O. Box 114100 Dubai.
Business hours: 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs (Sunday to Thursday)
Submission Timings: 09:00hrs – 15:00hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
Passport Collection: 09:00hrs – 17:00hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
*VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications for the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus. 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