Muscat: To enhance bilateral cooperation as well as partnerships with universities across countries and to arrange exchanges of business delegations, the Czech Republic will open an honorary consulate in Oman in 2016.
Dana Eltomova, head of the Consular Section, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh, confirmed the opening of the consulate, during the inauguration of a visa application centre in Muscat.
“We would like to invite Omani citizens and residents to visit the Czech Republic, to enjoy the atmosphere of Prague and of its 12 UNESCO heritage sites, and to relax during a wellness stay at a Czech Spa,” she said.
Omanis who are interested in visiting the Czech Republic can submit their visa applications at the new centre, which was inaugurated by Minister Plenipotentiary Talib Said Al Hassani, deputy head of the Consular Department of Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Applicants can visit the VFS Global centre in Muscat to submit visa applications for the Czech Republic. It is located at level 1, Tilal Complex, Muscat Grand Mall in Bausher.
“The newly opened VFS Global Czech Visa Application Centre in Muscat aims at improving visa services for both citizens and residents of the Sultanate of Oman wishing to visit the Czech Republic for leisure, business or a medical stay,” Eltomova said.
“This step reflects the growing bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as the interest of the Czech Republic for their further enhancement,” Eltomova added.
She also wished that the VFS Global Czech Visa Application Centre has a smooth start-up and successful processing of visas.
Working hours of the centre are from 8am to 4pm. Applicants can submit their credentials between 8am and 3pm and collect documents between 3pm and 4pm.
The Centre has a website for easy access to information, including visa categories, requirements, check-lists and applicable fees.
The centre has Arabic speaking staff to handle queries and applications, besides automated queue governance, secure handling of passports, documents and personal information, and doorstep delivery of passports.
“It is our privilege to be the trusted partner of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the Middle East,” said Yummi Talwar, Middle East regional head of VFS Global.
“The extension of our association with this esteemed client across the region reflects their faith in our ability to provide services to enhance the visa application experience for travellers. In view of the increase in travel to the Czech Republic, we are confident our efforts will make the travel experience seamless and smooth,” she added.