Qatari can now apply for visas to Ireland at a newly opened Visa Application Centre launched in Doha by the Irish embassy in partnership with VFS Global.
Applicants can visit the centre to enroll their biometrics and submit visa applications.
The centre is operated by VFS Global in partnership with Mannai Trading Company, and it was inaugurated by Patrick Hennessy, Ireland’s ambassador to Qatar.
Qatar is the second country in the Gulf, after Kuwait, where a professionally appointed VFS Global Visa Application Centre has been launched for “enhanced convenience to applicants”.
Ireland is a beautiful place and quite popular with tourists, businesses and education. Also, centres for Australia and UK are located in the same premises.
Hennessy said: “I am delighted to welcome the opening of the Ireland Visa Application Centre in Doha. I believe the centre will be warmly welcomed and contribute to enhancing the ties between Ireland and Qatar. Taking advantage of this new facility, I expect a significant increase in the number of Qatar residents travelling to Ireland for business, education and tourism. With Qatar Airways due to begin a direct Doha-Dublin service in June, the timing could not be better.”
Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East & South Asia at VFS Global, said: “We are confident this centre for the government of Ireland in Doha will provide uncompromised service quality to travellers to Ireland. It serves the growing needs of outbound travellers from this region and, by enhancing the ease and convenience of the visa application process, will help promote travel from Qatar to Ireland.”
Services are said to begin on March 27.
The centre offers staff with local language capabilities and a website for access of information.
The business hours of the centre are from 9am to 5pm Sunday to Thursday.
The submission timings are from 9am to 4pm, while document collection is from 4pm to 5pm.