Indian visa application centre inaugurated in Kandy
Last Updated: Monday, May 31, 2010, 21:29
Colombo: India on Monday inaugurated its Visa Application Centre in the hill city of Kandy, the third in Sri Lanka, to provide hassle-free visa services for tourists travelling to the country.

Head of Indian mission to Sri Lanka Ashok Kantha inaugurated the India Visa Application Centre (IVAC) of the High Commission of India.

Governor of Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake also attended the function.

The Kandy IVAC will be operated by the VFS Global, who has been running the India Visa Application Centre in Colombo since February 11, 2008 and at Jaffna from May 5, 2010.

The IVAC at Kandy will be operational from June 1, 2010. Speaking on the occasion Kantha said that this initiative would benefit the people of Kandy and other areas of Central, Uva and Sabaragamuva provinces, apart from Kurunegala district of North Western Province.

The Indian High Commissioner said this initiative on the part of the Indian Mission in Sri Lanka would offer several facilities for visa seekers.

The High Commissioner hoped that the opening of the India Visa Application Centre, Kandy would make it more convenient for the people of the region to obtain visa for travelling to India.

This would further promote the friendly ties between Sri Lanka and India, he said. The constant endeavour of the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka has been to enhance the services and facilities for visa applicants, he said.

The IVAC Kandy will be the third such centre established in Sri Lanka, the first two being Colombo and Jaffna.

The processing time for each visa application will normally take one working day, a Indian High Commission release said.

The decision to grant or refuse visa will be the sole prerogative of the Assistant High Commission of India, Kandy, it said.


First Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 21:29

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