The Embassy of Japan has introduced a new system of visa processing through VFS Global, with effect from April 2, 2012.
Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India, in statement said: ''It is my sincere hope that, with the opening of the JVAC, the visit to Japan will become more convenient for all travellers from India to Japan. This year, Japan and India celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their bilateral relationship. It is quite timely to announce the opening of the visa centre on this commemorative year, since the visa center will facilitate more Indian tourists, business travellers and others to visit Japan.
About 15 million people in India travel overseas, and it is expected that the number will grow up to 50 million by the year 2020. The Japanese government has designated India as one of the focal countries in its 'Visit Japan Campaign'.
For those applying for visa, there will be following advantages after the introduction of this system. Visa applications will be accepted during 8.30 am – 5.30 pm (Mon-Fri) and 8.30 am – 12.30 pm (on Saturdays - returning passports only)
Applications will be also accepted at two convenient locations in New Delhi, and several other drop-off offices outside New Delhi.