Officials during the Belgium VAC launch in Jeddah.
Business Bureau, Gulf Today
JEDDAH: Citizens and expatriate residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can apply for Schengen visas to Belgium at the new Visa Application Centres (VAC) jointly launched by the Embassy of Belgium in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.
In an expansion drive to meet the growing travel demand to Belgium from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, VFS Global announced the launch of its new Visa Application Centre in the city of Al Khobar. The company also inaugurated another centre in Jeddah last month.
The new Visa Application Centres provide outbound travellers from Al Khobar and Jeddah a very convenient visa application platform, ensuring enhanced quality of services and seamless procedures. Applicants also complete their biometric enrolment at the same application centre. With the launch of these new centres, applicants no longer need to visit the Embassy of Belgium and instead need to submit their visa applications at the VFS Global centres in Al Khobar and Jeddah.
During the official inauguration of the Visa Application Centre in Al Khobar on March 5, 2019, Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of Belgium to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said, “We are pleased to open our third Visa Application Centre in Al Khobar following the success of Jeddah and Riyadh centres. The recent opening in Jeddah last month has already resulted in an increase in the number of visa applications received for Belgium from the Kingdom. We sincerely hope the Al Khobar Centre will also generate the same interest, and we thank VFS Global for their support. This will undoubtedly strengthen the relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Belgium”.