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VFS Global brings Portugal visa services closer to home for residents of Qatar

DOHA: Residents of Qatar can now apply for their Portugal visas at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre located at Levels 1 & 2, Al Nuaimi Building, Oqba Ibn Nafie Street, Airport Road, Doha.

Inaugurated on September 3, 2023, the centre will accept documents for short and long stay visas to Portugal.

The contract for VFS Global to provide Portugal visa services in Qatar was signed by H.E. Ambassador of Portugal in Qatar on August 14, 2023.

H.E. Paulo Neves Pocinho, Ambassador of Portugal, said, “The establishment of this cooperation with VFS Global on visa issues in Qatar is an important step in the strategy to further develop tourism sector in Portugal, and reflects the tendency of travel facilitation between Qatar and Portugal which is vital part for the developing bilateral relations between our friendly countries.”

Atul Marwah, Chief Operating Officer – MENA, VFS Global, said, “We are truly excited to bring our Portugal visa services to Qatar, making the first step of the journey simple and seamless for travellers from here. We have enjoyed a long association with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2014, and we appreciate their continued faith in us.”

VFS Global currently serves Portugal in 23 countries through 65 Visa Application Centres worldwide, with the opening of the centre in Doha further expanding this network.

Applicants can also choose from a range of optional services offered by VFS Global for an enhanced customer journey, including SMS updates at every stage of the application process, photo booth and photocopy services, and courier return service for delivery of processed passports to the applicants’ doorstep.

VFS Global’s Premium Lounge will also be available to Portugal visa applicants, which includes end-to-end professional guidance, a faster application and biometric submission process, and complimentary SMS and courier return services, all in a plush ambience.

However, opting for these additional services does not have any bearing on the timeline or decision on visa applications.

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