VFS Global has relocated its visa application centre to Muthangari Drive in westlands, Nairobi. The 10,400 square foot facility in Park Field Building will meet the increasing number of visa applicants heading to South Africa, Schengen destinations and Dubai.
The centre will have a premium lounge offering personalised and convenient service for Schengen visa applicants, parking space and will offer prime time submission option for applicants.
“With the increasing travel emanating from countries like Kenya in Africa, we have decided to relocate to a much larger and well placed centre as part of our global commitment to offer an enhanced service experience to all our applicants,” said Jiten Vyas, COO – Africa, VFS Global.
South Africa high commissioner to Kenya K. Mqulwana said the centre will see visa applicants enjoy more convenient, considerate, comfortable and reliable services so as to facilitate frequent visitors to South Africa.
“The establishment of the centre will greatly improve service delivery to our clients aligned with Batho Pele principles, ‘people first’,” she said
Last year, South Africa laxed its tough visa regulations for Kenya, lowering visa application fees by $22 (Sh2200) to $49 (Sh4900).
It also removed transit visa requirement for Kenyans transiting through South African airports.
Present at the launch were Britt Balschmidt Tramm, Consul-Denmark, Angela Loi, deputy head ofmission- Italy, Mrs. Barbro Ekvall, first secretary, head of migration/visa section and Mr. Ben Leed, head of visa & immigration – Norway.
The newly established Dubai Visa Processing centre was offically opened during the event as part of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between United Arab Emirates and Kenya
In February, Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE to remove visa requirements for diplomatic passport holders as well as grant them multiple entries.
It is estimated that of 40,000 Kenyans working in UAE, 30,000 are in Dubai with several others flying to the oil rich nation daily.