Israel opens visa application centre in Kolkata

To encourage more Indian travellers to visit Israel, that country has opened a visa application centre in the city for tourists from West Bengal and the northeastern states. Additionally, visa applications in the jurisdiction under the New Delhi centre would also be accepted at the new Kolkata Centr.

The visa application categories include those who go there for employment, for business, tourism, meeting or conference and for students. Israel consistently aims to introduce initiatives that ease the procedure of visa applications to Israel.

The new centre in Kolkata will no longer require residents from West Bengal and NE states to send in their documents to the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. We are confident that this will be seen as a positive move to increase interest among travellers from these regions of India.

Among other initiatives, Israel recently announced a reduction in visa fees to INR 1,100 from its previous INR 1,700 charged from Indians. In December last year, relaxed visa documentation was brought in for applicants who have availed visas of Schengen countries, US, Canada, Australia or Israel and have completed their travel to these destinations.

The Israeli Ministry of Tourism will be conducting a roadshow in Kolkata on August 29 to increase the interest for visiting the country among consumers and trade fraternity. This will help to tap newer segments of travellers, he said. A maiden roadshow was held at Guwahati in May this year and successfully introduced the varied tourism offerings of Israel.

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