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UAE visa issuance centre in Sri Lanka inaugurated

2014 Oct 07

The opening of the facility is aimed at strengthening the cooperation relations on consular affairs; improving customer service; and facilitating procedures for workers’ entry to the UAE through eGates.

Colombo:  Acting Under Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Mohammed Mir Al Raisi, inaugurated the first consular section and visa issuance centre outside the UAE in a ceremony in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in the presence of Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs, Gamini Lakshman Peiris.

Mohammed Mir Al Raisi and Gamini Lakshman Peiris inaugurating the centre in Colombo. — Wam

Al Raisi expressed appreciation for the efforts to develop the bilateral relations between the UAE and Sri Lanka in various spheres. He emphasised that the opening of the facility is aimed at strengthening the cooperation relations on consular affairs; improving customer service; and facilitating procedures for workers’ entry to the UAE through eGates.

Minister Peiris said the opening of the facility represents a historic moment in the bilateral relations between the two countries. He thanked the UAE for its positions on regional and international issues and its support to Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan minister also hailed the system used in the visa issuance centre as “one of the most efficient in the world”.

The new visa centre serves 500 customers every day and uses passport authentication and biometrics such as fingerprints, eyeprints and faceprints, and medical tests conducted at 15 Sri Lankan centres accredited by the UAE Ministry of Health.

The procedures will save costs of recruitment; quarantine and deportation; and improve customer services. 

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