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Czech Republic opens visa centre

This undated image released by Czech Tourism shows the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.— Photo: AP

This undated image released by Czech Tourism shows the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.— Photo: AP  

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If you are looking forward to visit Prague, which is famous for historical monuments, procuring a visa to the Czech Republic has become a tad easier. On Thursday, VFS Global launched a visa application centre in Bengaluru.

So far, tourists from the city had to visit Delhi or Mumbai to get a visa to the central European nation.

The centre is located along with the visa processing centres of several other countries. It will accept short-term visa applications. The applications are expected to be processed in a week. The Czech Republic has several companies from India, including IT major Infosys.

“We have to see how many people apply, but as of now, we are looking forward to around 100 applications per day,” said Milan Hovorka, ambassador of the Czech Republic to India, who was present at the launch. “55,000 Indians visited our country in 2015 and spent at least one night there. But I believe that the potential is substantially higher.”

Mr. Hovorka said that Indian students are interested in studying in the Czech Republic and such visas took about 4-5 weeks to process.

Applicants can also apply for Schengen visas if the main country of their travel to Europe is the Czech Republic.

Mr. Hovorka said that he is focusing on restoring direct flights between India and the Czech Republic. “I do not understand why it was stopped. I am trying to create an atmosphere so that companies can study the data and find it positive to start flight connectivity,” he said.

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Printable version | Jan 19, 2020 1:37:43 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/Czech-Republic-opens-visa-centre/article14426555.ece

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