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Thailand visa application centre opened in Chennai

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Specially-trained staff will guide applicants on rules and regulations

— Photo: Vino John

SUPPLEMENTARY FACILITY: Suphot Yanthukij, Consul-General of Thailand- Southern India at the new Visa application centre. Also seen are Ms. Venku Murthi, vice-president, VFS South Asia and M.A. Sundar, Zonal Manager, VFS South.

CHENNAI: The Consul-General of Royal Thai Consulate in Chennai, Suphot Yanthukij, opened a Thailand visa application centre here.

It is located at No.1D Century Plaza, 560-562, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai-18. Operated by VFS (India) on behalf of the Thai Consulate for residents of south India, the centre will function between Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m.

Those applying for temporary visas (tourist, transit, and non-immigrant categories) can submit applications at this centre. Specially-trained staff will guide the applicants on the rules and requirements as advised by the Thai Consulate General, said Ms. Venku Murthi, vice-president-South Asia, and M.A. Sundar, zonal manager, Southern India, VFS.

VFS, Mr. Sundar said, was currently handling visa applications of the U.K., the U.S., French, Dubai, Italy and Thailand. Detailed information on the visa application procedure is also available on www.vfs-thailand.co.in and on phone number 044-39435399.

In an informal chat with presspersons, Mr.Yanthukij said that with the opening of this centre, Thailand would receive more visitors from southern India. "We hope the Chennai centre would handle about 200 visa applications a day." These centres would be a supplemental facility as the visa-on-arrival facility was already in vogue.

Ms. Venku said depending upon the response, the VFS would explore the possibility of opening a similar centre in Bangalore.

The Southern Regional President of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), N.R. Kumaraswamy, however, struck a cautious note saying such outlets would come in the way of travel agents having direct interactions with the Consulates/High Commissions.

The Treasurer of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), A. Basheer Ahmed, said the facility would go a long way in assisting the increasing number of overseas travellers.

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