The Italian Embassy in Bahrain opened a new visa application centre in Manamain partnership with VFS Global on 09 October, 2018. In a joint statement, VFS Global and the Embassy said the new centre will provide greater seamlessness to visa application processing and residents inBahrain need not submit their Schengen visa applications at the Embassy.
Inaugurating the new centre, H.E Domenico Bellato, Ambassador of Italyto the Kingdom of Bahrain, said: "We are very pleased to start a new chapter of cooperation with VFS Global, providing a state-of-the-art service in collecting applications for short-stay Visas for travel to Italy and Malta as their main destinations in the Schengen area. We are confident that the new Visa Application Centre will further increase the number of Bahraini citizens and residentsin choosing Italy as their destination for tourism and business."
In February this year, Italy renewed visa processing contracts with VFS Global for four years for Cameroon, Ghana and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, VFS Global also awarded a three-year contract to manage Italy visa services in Libya and last year, also won the mandate to process Italian visas in Kuwait.
The centre in Bahrain is located at 18thFloor, Diplomatic Commercial Office Towers, Building 1565 in Diplomatic Area 317, Manama. Queries and appointment requests can be directed to the helpline at +973-16199646 or at email@example.com. The VFS Global Italy website can be accessed at http://www.vfsglobal.com/italy/bahrain.
Mr. Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO - Middle East, South Asia & China, VFS Global, said: "The Italian mandate to VFS Global follows a 14-year-old relationship with the client government and it is our commitment to provide efficient, secure and convenient visa application services to the residents of Bahrain travelling to Italy and/orMalta as their main destinations in the Schengen area."
The Visa Application Centre run by well-trained professionals provides secure processing of applications in a friendly ambience. Applicants can also opt for the comfort and privacy of a Premium Lounge.
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