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Germany to Open Schengen Visa application Center in Maldives in March 2020Soon, Maldivians will no longer need to travel outside the country to apply for Germany short-term visas, since Germany plans to open a visa application center for the admission of Schengen visa applications, in Malé, Maldive.

According to the Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid and the Ambassador of Germany to the Republic of Maldives Jörn Rohde, Maldivians will be able to apply for Germany Visa in Male as of March 2020.

Both the Foreign Minister and German Ambassador announced in a joint press conference held this week, that Germany has outsourced visa admission to VFS Global (Visa Facilitation Services Global), who will be in charge of receiving visa applications and passing them on to the relevant German authorities for processing.

Although the VFS Center will initially cater to only those travelling to Germany, it is our hope that other EU countries will partner with VFS“, Foreign Minister Shahid said during the press conference.

He also invited more European countries to partner with VFS Global in providing visa facilitation services to Maldivians, asserting the establishment of the VFS Center in the Maldives would bring an end to the time-consuming and expensive procedures for Maldivians applying for Schengen visas through embassies located in Colombo or New Delhi.

According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Minister Shahid revealed that the government has been in talks with Germany and other members of the European Union to facilitate a permanent solution for the issues Maldivians face in obtaining visas.

In the long-term, the Maldives is seeking on-arrival visa for Maldivians travelling to EU countries,” he also said.

The German Ambassador Rohde also expressed his belief that this initiative would strengthen the increased tourism and trade between both the countries.

Due to the new Schengen Visa Code coming into force in February 2, next year, Schengen member countries that do not have representation in terms of visa admission in third-countries, are obliged to outsource visa processing to external providers like VFS Global.