VFS Global, the visa outsourcing and technology services company, has issued an update on restarting visa application services in India since June 2020.

Currently, the visa application process (in various categories) for over 40 governments has resumed at select visa application centres across India.

“Our Visa Application Centres across India remain open as of April 7, 2021, though timings and days of working may vary, according to pandemic-related regulations. Please check vfsglobal.com for details. Real-time updates are also posted on our social media channels and the Covid-19 Customer Advisories page,” VFS Global said in an official release.

Following is the information on visa operations as of March 31, 2021:

Country Visa Categories Cities Restart Date
Austria Category D and pre-approved C visa applications Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata July – September 2020
Belarus All Visa Categories Mumbai and New Delhi July – September 2020
Belgium Category D and pre-approved C type Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata July – August 2020
Canada Family, Permits, Students Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Kolkata November – December 2020
China Business Category New Delhi July-20
Croatia Category D Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata July – September 2020
Cyprus C visa categories (Pre-approved from High Commission) Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and New Delhi October – November 2020
Czech Republic Czech and EU family members, Entry in the interest of the Czech Republic, International Transport workers, Diplomats and Officials of International organizations, Seasonal workers, For employment in health and social services only, in urgent emergencies, for employment – food production workers only, for employment – qualified workers only (if the conditions of these Programs “The High qualified worker” and “The Key and scientific workers” are met) Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad September-20 –
February-21
Denmark Residence permit, Employment, Dependent, Approval cases, Category D, specific purpose (business, etc.) Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and Kolkata June – September  2020
Dominican Republic Business, Work and Resident visa New Delhi, Mumbai June 2020
Estonia Category C and D Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata July – August 2020
Finland Resident Permits, Visas (Pre-approved from Embassy) New Delhi November 2020
France Category C and D Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata August-20
Georgia Long Term Visa for Business and Family visit (post approval from Ministry) and student visa

be accepted

Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, New Delhi and Kolkata October-20
Germany Category C (with prior approval) and D visa (seafarers, transit, employment and student, Blue Card, PhD) after approval of submission and D-visa stamping Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata July – August 2020
Hungary Pre-approved cases from embassy New Delhi November 2020
Italy Re-Entry Visa, Category D, Short term Students, Seafarer, Transit, Visit to family (immediate family member), Business (With prior approval) Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata July-20
Ireland Student, Long – stay categories Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata July-20
Japan Long term and Business visa Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, and New Delhi September – October 2020
Latvia Category D Mumbai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi August 2020
Lebanon All Visa Categories (BAU) Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata December-20
Lithuania Category D Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata August 2020
Luxembourg Category D Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and Kolkata July – September 2020
Malta Pre-approved case for Medical Staff, Humanitarian case and High skilled professionals Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad February 2021 – March 2021
Malaysia Single Entry Visas Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi July – September 2020
MEA Attestation and Apostille of personal and educational documents Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad September-October 2020
Morocco All Visa Categories except tourist visas Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata January 2021
New Zealand Long-stay and other categories (postal applications only) New Delhi August 2020
Nigeria All visa categories Mumbai September-20
Norway Residence permit and pre-approved Category C Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and Kolkata June – September  2020
Poland Category D Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata July 2020
Portugal E6 for holders of expired Portuguese residence card, D6 for holders of expired Family Reunification D6 visas, Category D and pre-approved Category C Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata June – September  2020
South Africa All visa categories Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata September – October 2020
South Korea Seamen Short term, Work Permit (C4) and Long-term applications New Delhi, Kolkata June 2020 – March 2021
Sweden As per Embassy’s Approval Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata October-November 2020
Switzerland Category D and pre-approved Category C Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and Kolkata July – August 2020
Thailand All visa categories Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad December 2020 – January 2021
The Netherlands Seaman, LDR, Re-entry visa, Orange carpet/ Business (With prior approval) Mumbai,  Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata July – September 2020
Turkey All visa categories Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi June – September  2020
UAE – DVPC All visa categories (online); 30 day and 90 day tourist visas (in- VAC) Online application in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi June – August 2020
United Kingdom All Visa categories / passport collection Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, and Goa (once a month only) July-20
Ukraine All visas except tourist Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata, August 2020 / September 2020
USA All visa categories All India August 2020 – February 2021

Note: Air travel on all routes is subject to government advisories and permissions for air travel may be independent of the visa process.

VFS Global has established standardised protective measures to be followed across centres, including physical distancing and sanitisation, body temperature checks, use of masks and sanitisers, disinfecting high-contact surfaces. Customers with Covid-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter the centre.

Visit the country-specific website on vfsglobal.com for the most updated information.