In peak tourist season, the queue for visas is getting impossibly long



By nationality, every person who wishes to enter the Schengen countries or the US for any purpose is subject to a visa regime. But the delay in processing it has increased with the massive backlog of applications and appointments.

according to economic times The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) in its report on Tuesday said that it will write to the embassies concerned on the matter.

“We have spoken to VFS, Embassies and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and it is becoming a big challenge. We will officially write to all European countries on this matter,” said TAAI President Jyoti Mayal.

“We are hearing that countries like Greece have not returned passenger passports for more than two months. There is also a huge pending demand for America. The situation is getting worse, and it is the peak tourist season of summer.”

In May, Jai Bhatia, TAAI, Vice President, said that for Visa It is being extended by up to a month because some Schengen embassies are not working at full capacity.

VFS Global, which manages administrative and non-discretionary functions related to issuance of visas and passports, said it is experiencing a large number of applications from India and extended visa processing timelines.

The company is receiving about 20,000 applications a day from India and has enough staff to process, at The report quoted a company spokesperson as saying.

The spokesman said that information regarding the timeliness for the visa decision process is made available by the client governments on their websites, the report said.

According to Website, the earliest one can file visa applications is six months, and the latest is fifteen working days.

on 30th May, said it would resume regular in-person tourist visa appointments from September.

“Applicants whose placeholder appointments were canceled can now re-enter the scheduling system to book regular appointments. Appointments are opened through 2023,” tweeted.

Earlier, the travel platform said the issue has been flagged with the relevant European embassies and consulates, but discussions did not yield any “concrete results”, the report said. Companies are advising travelers to plan their holidays well in advance to avoid last-minute visa disappointments.

“Travellers from UK, US, Canada and other European countries are the worst affected. Regular tourist visas for countries like UK take 45 days. Wherever we see some scope of getting an initial visa for a country, We are prioritizing to apply. Countries are changing itineraries accordingly and embassies are not openly accepting but staff shortage is the main issue here,” said Rajeev Mehra, president of the Indian Association of Tour Operators. at,

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