How to Ensure Smooth Visa Application Process: Tips for Travellers from VFS Global

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As international borders reopen and regular flights resume, there has been a significant surge in outbound travel from India. However, travellers looking to visit Europe may face delays in obtaining their Schengen visa, potentially spoiling their summer travel plans.

To help avoid such inconveniences, VFS Global has provided some recommendations to ensure a smooth visa application process.

Tips to Avoid Visa Processing Delays

1. Apply in Advance

One of the most important pieces of advice is to apply for a visa as soon as possible. To ensure that your visa is approved well before your departure date, apply for one while booking your flights and accommodations. Most countries accept visa applications up to 90 days (3 months) in advance of your intended travel date.

However, under the revised Schengen Visa Code, which goes into effect on February 9, 2020, you can apply for a Schengen visa up to 6 months before your intended departure date.

With higher demand and fewer appointment slots available this year, it is advised that applicants apply for their visa as soon as possible within the 6-month window.

2. Avoid Visa Shopping

It is best to avoid the practice of “visa shopping,” which is, unfortunately, becoming popular among European travellers. Due to the limited availability of appointment slots, tourists applying for Schengen visas are tempted to apply for countries where appointments are available. However, this can result in visa rejections due to insufficient documentation.

As a result, it is advised that travellers only apply for visas for the countries they intend to visit, accompanied by complete and accurate documentation.

3. Beware of Fraudulent Entities

Visa applicants should be wary of fraudulent entities and impersonators who charge customers fees for scheduling appointments or providing other services under VFS Global’s name or independently.

It is worth noting that VFS Global does not charge any fees for scheduling appointments, with the exception of legitimate published fees in some countries. As a result, travellers should exercise caution and only deal with authorised agencies.

4. eVisa Solutions

Travellers looking for a seamless visa application process can consider eVisa solutions. Countries offering eVisa solutions offer a quick and easy experience for travellers planning last-minute vacations.

For example, Indonesia introduced a fast-track Visa on Arrival programme for 86 nationalities, including India, last year.

Similarly, Azerbaijan provides travellers with an easy-to-use eVisa option, which is popular due to its quick and easy immigration clearance and exit from the airport upon arrival. VFS Global also offers an eVisa-on-arrival service for travellers headed to Thailand.


Finally, by following these tips, travellers can ensure a smooth visa application process and avoid delays or rejections. Applying for a visa well in advance, avoiding visa shopping, being cautious of fraudulent entities, and considering eVisa solutions can help travellers plan their dream vacations without any hassles.

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