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VFS Global Launches Online Appointment Booking For Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing


  • Customers in Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai can book appointments online on VFS Global website for
  • COVID-19 sample collection, and provide samples at designated certified medical laboratories
  • ‘At Your Doorstep’ sample collection service option available in Delhi, Kochi, and Mumbai for enhanced convenience and safety
  • The seamless and convenient process from appointment booking to delivery of the result

As borders re-open and travel restrictions ease gradually, convenient and reliable pre-departure COVID-19 testing solutions are already being made mandatory by some countries, while others are considering implementing them for all incoming travellers to ease the pressure of on-arrival testing.

To meet this demand and as part of an additional service offering, VFS Global has launched an online appointment booking service for COVID-19 RT-PCR Sample Collection in Delhi, Kochi, and Mumbai. This service is offered in association with a network of certified medical laboratories approved by the Government of India and having all due accreditations for swab collection for COVID-19.

Customers in Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai can book appointments on VFS Global’s website and provide samples at designated associate medical laboratories from 10 August 2020.

‘At Your Doorstep’ services are also offered in Mumbai, Delhi and Kochi, that enables sample collection from the safety and comfort of a customer’s home.

Samples are collected by trained medical professionals from associate medical laboratories and the reports directly sent with full confidentiality to the registered email address of the customer.

Similar offerings will be extended to customers in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Pune in the coming weeks

Who can avail this service?

The COVID-19 RT-PCR Sample Collection service is open for all and is not limited to travellers. The service can be availed by those who may or may not be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (strictly as per local regulations of various states), and only with a doctor’s prescription in Delhi and Kochi.

A dedicated help desk is also provided for VFS Global customers next to select VFS Global Centres to assist with this service.

Steps to apply for the COVID-19 RT-PCR Sample Collection service:

Step 1 – Schedule an appointment online (click here to schedule an appointment)

Step 2 – Provide details and complete payment: Provide your Aadhaar Card or Voter ID Card or Passport Number and personal information before making the payment using a debit or credit card

Step 3 – Provide sample and receive the report: Proceed to provide a sample as per the appointed date, time, and location.

Key benefits:

• Hassle-free online appointment booking system and convenient sample collection

• ‘At Your Doorstep’ sample collection service for convenience and safety in select cities (Mumbai, Delhi and Kochi)

• Report delivered confidentially to your registered email address

• Sample collection procedures approved by the ICMR and the Ministry of Health and Welfare Speaking about the service, Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – South Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Americas, said, “We believe a convenient and reliable pre-departure COVID-19 sample collection/testing solution can become a catalyst in the recovery process of international travel by providing an assurance to destination countries, airlines, and travellers and by becoming a major risk-mitigator. Countries might even consider making this mandatory for incoming travellers to ease the pressure of testing upon arrival.”

The COVID-19 sample collection service is not related to the visa application submission process and has no influence on VFS Global’s visa application process or on the visa decision, which remains the sole prerogative of the concerned government. Customers are advised to check the latest travel advisories from the destination country for information on international travel.

The sample collection service itself is provided by independent third-party service providers which is not owned by or related to VFS Global. VFS Global’s role is limited to assisting customers with appointment booking for the test.

About VFS Global

 VFS Global is the world’s largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. VFS Global has Swiss parentage and is a portfolio company of EQT, a leading global private equity firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. With 3399 Application Centres, operations in 144 countries across five continents and over 224 million applications processed (since inception in 2001) as on 30 June 2020, VFS Global is the trusted partner of 64 client governments

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