Obtaining a Schengen visa has always been a complicated process, requiring the applicant to go through numerous difficulties. However, things now look easier for Indian tourists trying to obtain this visa. Those looking to visit the “Schengen Area”, which comprises of 26 countries including Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Switzerland and others, can do so with the help of a new helpline number. Upon dialing this number, the applicants will get connected to the trained personnel who will answer the queries in both English and Hindi, regarding the documentation and information sought by visa officers.
“Schengen Area” comprises of 26 countries which have an agreement among themselves which allows the free movements of their citizens in this area as a single country. The citizens of non-member countries who are interested in visiting this area, are required to obtain a document issued by the appropriate authorities. VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology specialist for governments and diplomatic missions around the world, has come up with a new helpline number (+91 22 67866028). This number, when dialed, will connect the applicants to the trained personnel, who will help them out with any queries and difficulties regarding the documentation process, along with any kind of information sought by visa officers.
The charges for these services will depend on the country you happen to be applying the visa for, with the standards rates being Rs. 100-150. The payment procedure is through online banking or IVR. The helpline will function between Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. This visa enables tourists to pass through or stay in the particular territory for a period of maximum 90 days within a 180 days period.