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How to Secure Your Travel Visas for Summer 2024

Updated: Mar 21

Travel has grown exponentially in the last few years, and 2024 seems no different. As we start moving into the summer season, we see increased demand for visas for travel during the Eid break and school holidays. Here are a few things to remember as you plan that summer sojourn.

How to Secure Your Travel Visas for Summer 2024

Plan Ahead

As you make your plans, choose your destinations, create those holiday budgets, and research the visa requirements for your destination country. Ensure you have all the necessary documents and information before submitting your application. Document checklists for each category are available on our website and the websites of the respective Embassies and Consulates.

Check on the Timelines

The relevant embassy/consulate's official websites clearly outline timelines for visa processing. This information is essential in helping you prepare and apply for your visa well in advance.

However, it is essential to note that visa processing can take longer than expected during peak travel seasons, such as summer holidays or long weekends.

You should apply for your visa as early as possible to avoid any delays or last-minute stress.

Schengen countries, for instance, accept applications up to six months before your travel date. This will give you ample time to gather all the necessary documents and ensure your application is complete and accurate.


Use the Proper Channels

VFS Global's Visa Application Centres require applicants to book an appointment in advance. The company reminds applicants to visit to book appointments through the official channel.

Beware of fraudulent entities posing as VFS Global staff or partners and charging applicants for appointments or expedited visas.

Appointments are free of cost and can be booked only at You may have to prepay an approved VFS Global Service fee for select countries.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your visa application process is stress-free and that you can enjoy your international travels with ease and peace of mind. 

Travellers looking for more comfort and convenience can opt for VFS Global's premium services, such as Premium Lounge, for end-to-end comfort and convenience at the Visa Application Centre or Visa At Your Doorstep for at-home visa services. Opting for these services does not affect the processing timeline or outcome of the visa application.

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