The Indian Consulate on Tuesday announced the contact details of the new service provider for Indian passport and visa services in the UAE.
On March 16, the Indian diplomatic missions in the UAE announced that the management of the Indian Passport and Visa Service Centres (IPAVSCs), which was under Empost since 2009, would now go to a new agency which will offer the service at 25 per cent reduced rates.
BSL International, which will handle the collection and dispatch services of Indian passport and visa applications from April 6, will have a call centre to answer all queries related to their service with the number 04-3594000, the consulate said in a Press statement on Tuesday.
“BLS International will also launch a website www.blsindiavisa-uae, containing detailed information on the Indian passport and visa services from April 6 onwards,” the statement said.
It noted that the passport and visa service centres currently located on the premises of Indian associations and social centres in different emirates would continue to remain functional at the existing locations.
Other BLS centres, which will replace the IPAVSCs housed at the places previously arranged by Empost, will be located at the following locations from April 6. In Abu Dhabi, the centre will be housed at M-1, plot No.159, Shark Lot (19/2) furniture, near Main Bus Depot, opposite Aramex office, Muroor Road.
The Ras Al Khaimah centre will be at shop No 3, opposite Al Safeer Furniture, Al Safeer Mall and Awwad Trading, behind Subaru showroom at Alkah Establishment.
There will be two new centres in Dubai. One of them will be located at 105 /106 in Al Khaleej Centre on Mankhool Road in Bur Dubai. The other one will be at 202, Dubai National Insurance Building, plot no 315 (129-134), in Port Saeed area.
In Sharjah, the centre will be at the second floor of Faisal building on King Faisal Road whereas in Umm Al Quwain, the centre will be located opposite Lulu Centre on Jawasat Road in Riqqah area.
These location details will also be available on the websites www.indembassyuae.org and www.cgidubai.com. According to officials, the working hours (from 8am to 8pm) and the holiday on Friday for the centres will remain unchanged.