New Delhi, 21 July 2019
Georgia led by Ambassador Archil Dzuliashvili had signed an MoU to provide easy access for the tourism and business-related travellers to Georgia, Diplomacy Today learned from the Embassy of Georgia in New Delhi.
On July 19, 2019, H.E. Mr Archil Dzuliashvili, Ambassador of Georgia representing Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Mr Chris Dix, Head of Business Development-VFS Global and Mr Alok Singhal, Regional Head – North and East India- VFS Global, signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Memorandum also aims to ensure that foreign students travelling to Georgia on study visas have the right credentials, academic ability, financial capability and intent; to help Georgian Educational Institutions improve the quality of their foreign students and to make Georgia an attractive study destination; and to increase the flow of travellers to experience the heritage of Georgia and have the opportunity to explore what Georgia has to offer.
Ambassador Dzuliashvili, “As per the memorandum, VFS Global shall work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to develop and manage a digital eVisa solution to aid in the processing of visa/Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) applications. This service will include the option to upload the required supporting documents and make the necessary fee payments online”.
Mr Giorgi Tabatadze, Director of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia: “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with other relevant Ministries and Agencies, is currently undertaking active efforts to make more effective the tourism promotion mechanism already in place. VFS Global – a reputed international company has been awarded a contract by Georgia to facilitate visa submission process for Indian citizens. As per this contract, VFS Global operates 16 Georgia visa applications centres across India. The Memorandum signed on 19 July between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and VFS Global will further simplify procedures and remove all kinds of technical barriers. Yet another important element is that pre-checks and initial validation of visa documents will be provided on the ground – in India- that will contribute to the free movement of bona fide tourists and visitors across the Georgian border”.
VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. VFS Global, headquartered in Dubai, UAE, has Swiss parentage and is a portfolio company of EQT, a leading global private equity firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. With 3169 Application Centres, operations in 147 countries across five continents and over 204 million applications processed as on 30 June 2019, VFS Global is the trusted partner of 63 client governments.
News Desk, Diplomacytoday.in