Thursday, 20 August 2020

VFS Global Launches Online Appointment Booking Service for COVID-19 Sample Collection in Chandigarh

By 121 News

Chandigarh August 20, 2020:- 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, VFS Global has launched an online appointment booking service for COVID-19 RT-PCR Sample Collection that is available for customers in Chandigarh, starting today. 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 can book appoinments on VFS Global's website ( and provide samples at designated associate medical laboratories. In addition, 'At Your Doorstep' service option is also available to enable sample collection from the safety and comfort of a customer's home.

This service is also available in 10 more cities- Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jalandhar, Ahmedabad, Pune and Kochi

Speaking about the service, Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – South Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Americas, said that 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 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.

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