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Tourism: VFS Global advises on early application as South Africans’ Schengen visa applicants surges above 2021 figures, 70% 0f 2022 as demand for travel increase

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VFS Global, as advised South African travellers to apply for their visas as application for Schengen visa surges above the 2021 figures, 70% 0f 2022.

According to cajnewsafrica.com, VFS Global service, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions gave the advice.

Schengen locations like Italy and The Netherlands have emerged as the top locations for outbound travel in terms of visa application volumes, along with Canada and Australia.

VFS Global services 18 governments in South Africa through an extensive network of 36 Application Centres across 11 locations.

READ: Africa: Global travel and tourism to rebound as lockdown eases – VFS Global’s Regional Group COO

The agency discloses that into the first five months of 2023, there is convincing evidence that reveals global travel will continue to be on the rise, including in countries like South Africa.

The surge in travel activity in 2022 took the industry by surprise, exceeding the conservative recovery projections, and is continuing into 2023 with visa application volumes in South Africa nearly tripling versus 2021 already.

Hariprasad Viswanathan, Head – Sub Saharan Africa, VFS Global, explained the demand for visas has increased due to the high pent-up travel demand.

They expect the increase in international travel from last year to continue this year as well.

“With the opening of international borders and easing travel restrictions, the industry is witnessing peak ‘revenge’ travel,” Viswanathan said.

He said when planning their travels, applicants need to apply for their visas in advance, like their flight and hotel bookings.

“Seeing the surge in demand for outbound travel in the initial part of this year and with limited appointment slots available, we encourage our applicants to apply for their visas as early as possible,” Viswanathan encouraged.

He advised applicants to be sure to carry all the requisite documentation, including a printout of the checklist, to submit along with the duly filled application form.
It is recommended that applicants must check their passport’s validity before planning an international trip.

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