Suspension of visa issuance from Kuwait purely administrative decision: Ambassador

KUWAIT: Ambassador of Switzerland to Kuwait Aldo de Luca said yesterday that the suspension of the visa issuance from Kuwait is “purely administrative” and does not entail for residents of Kuwait any necessity whatsoever to travel to Qatar in order to submit their visa applications.

Swiss Embassy’s visa section has closed down and that the processing of visa applications through its services is discontinued as of Dec 1, 2015, he said. The visa application center previously located in the premises of the Embassy will remain in Kuwait and will be subcontracted to the company “VFS”, whose counters are located in Al-Qibla area, Kuwait City, de Luca said in statement to KUNA.

The authority henceforth in charge of issuing visas for residents of the State of Kuwait is the Embassy of Switzerland in Doha, Qatar, and the move had already been advertised in the local media twice in the past few days, he said.

The VFS Company in Kuwait has committed itself to swiftly handle the transmission of visa applications to the Embassy of Switzerland in Doha in an immediate and confidential manner, thereby guaranteeing the protection of personal data, he added.

This change is part of a comprehensive reorganization of Switzerland’s diplomatic and consular representation network worldwide, according to the Swiss ambassador, who added that similar moves in Kuwait and in other parts of the world are mainly designed to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies.

He also stressed the need to ensure effectiveness and ease of travel to its territory in an increasingly globalized world, Switzerland is streamlining its procedures in order to respond to a continuous rise of the number of visa applications which, without the necessary streamlining measures, would entail even lengthier processing times and delays.

The Swiss authorities are confident that the changes will work to the satisfaction of the customers of the country’s Embassies worldwide. The Embassy of Switzerland in Kuwait will continue to actively promote business contacts between both countries and looks forward to an increase in the number of visitors and tourists from Kuwait to Switzerland, Ambassador de Luca concluded. – KUNA

This article was published on 01/12/2015