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China opens Visa Application Center in Kuwait

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  • China Visa Application Center in Kuwait is the third such centre to launch in the Middle East and fifteenth to launch globally for China being operated by VFS Global
  • Center in Kuwait expected to manage 10,000 visa applications annually

VFS Global today opened a new China Visa Application Center in Kuwait City in the State of Kuwait. The launch of the center in Kuwait City marks the opening of a third such visa submission facility in the Middle East after the launch of similar centers in Dubai and Beirut.

A joint statement from the Chinese Embassy in Kuwait and VFS Global, the leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide, said residents applying for a visa to P. R. China need not visit the embassy to submit their visa applications going forward. The China Visa Application Center in Kuwait City, managed by VFS Global, will proficiently facilitate the end-to-end visa application submission process in a professionally managed and comfortable environment thus providing greater convenience and ease to the residents of the State of Kuwait.

Officially inaugurating the new China Visa Application Center, Mr. Zhao Liang, Charge d’Affaires A.I., Chinese Embassy in the State of Kuwait, said, “The People’s Republic of China and the State of Kuwait share a long-standing friendship. The State of Kuwait is the first Arabian country in the Gulf area to establish diplomatic relations with P. R. China and in recent years, the cooperation between the two countries in all fields have grown rapidly, thus encouraging the development of robust bilateral relations between P. R. China and the State of Kuwait. To further facilitate and enhance people-to-people exchanges and to promote visa application service standards, P. R. China has established this new, professionally managed China Visa Application Center in Kuwait. The new centre will offer the residents of Kuwait a more convenient and highly- efficient visa application service. We believe that the China Visa Application Center in Kuwait City will bring residents greater convenience when applying for a Chinese visa through its comfortable environment, well-equipped facilities and warm and thoughtful service”.

VFS Global currently operates China Visa Application Centers of behalf of the Government of P. R. China in 12 countries across the globe – The State of Kuwait, Algeria, Angola, Gambia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Arab Emirates.

Commenting on the center in Kuwait, Mr. Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – Middle East, South Asia & China, VFS Global, said: “Ever since we began our partnership with the Government of P. R. China in 2008, we have steadily expanded the Visa Application Centre network across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and cumulatively process approximately 350,000 visa applications to P. R. China annually across these regions. With the advancement of trade and tourism ties between the State of Kuwait and P. R. China, we are confident this new centre will be effective in meeting the rising demand of Chinese visas for travellers from the State of Kuwait.”

An exclusive ‘China in Luxury’ retail offering, which offers ultra-premium travel experiences in P. R. China, was also launched at the China Visa Application Center in Kuwait City. Through China in Luxury, VFS Global will offer residents of the State of Kuwait customised tourism experiences that open up a world of exclusivity and one-of-a-kind travel in P. R. China.

The key features of the China Visa Application Center in Kuwait, which ensures an enhanced customer experience, include longer operating hours, professionally trained staff fluent in the local language and English, an Automated Queue Management system for seamless submission of applications and a Premium Lounge for a more personalised submission process.