Emirates and VOTW launches new visa processing service for Indians

FE Online Posted online: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : Emirates, operating flights to 141 destinations in 80 countries, has launched a new customer initiative in India in partnership with Visas of the World (VOTW). With VOTW, Emirates’ customers can now directly arrange their visas online for 10 international destinations at the click of a button. This service is a first of its kind for any airline. As an introductory offer, Emirates will also be waiving the visa service fee for the first 100 visa applicants.

Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, vice president, India and Nepal, Emirates, said, "Emirates has always been committed to improving the convenience of its passengers by providing best-in-class services both on ground and on board. VOTW is another initiative to make it even easier for Indian passport holders to connect with friends, family and business contacts in 10 key global travel destinations. We are therefore very happy to partner with VOTW to offer yet another unique service that I am optimistic will assist our many Indian customers to travel abroad with increased ease.”

Emirates’ customers can now apply online for visas to 10 destinations; UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria and South Africa. With VOTW, Emirates passengers will not need to physically visit a visa office to collect their application forms or check their documentation.

Vishal Suri, chief executive officer, VOTW, said, “We believe that VOTW is going to make it even more convenient for Emirates passengers to arrange their visas to the 10 initial destinations. Through our dedicated teams, VOTW will provide trained personnel to ensure the service offered to Emirates’ customers is of the high standard that Emirates’ passengers are used to.”

The VOTW service will initially be offered from all 10 of Emirates Indian gateways namely, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, and Thiruvananthapuram. In addition, the VOTW service will be available in six cities where Emirates does not operate direct flights; Baroda, Pune, Goa, Jaipur, Lucknow and Mangalore.