VFS Global customers can easily book an appointment for COVID-19 RT-PCR sample collection online across Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi. By Tanvi Jain


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VFS Global has launched an online appointment booking service for COVID-19 RT-PCR sample collection across DelhiKochi 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 vfsglobal.comand provide samples at designated associate medical laboratories, or can even call the concerned person for home collection with its ‘At Your Doorstep’ service. The service has already resumed from August 10.  

Samples are collected by trained medical professionals from associate medical laboratories and the reports are directly sent to the customer’s registered email address with full confidentialityThe company also plans to extend similar offerings to customers across Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune as well 


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

It even has a dedicated help desk to help its customers select VFS Global CentresIn order to apply for the COVID-19 RT-PCR Sample Collection service, you need to first schedule an appointment online, provide your Aadhaar Card/Voter ID Card/Passport Number and personal information before making the payment using a debit or credit card, and proceed to provide sample as per the appointed date, time and location. 


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“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,” said Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – South Asia, Middle East, North Africa and America. 

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. 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 are not owned by or related to VFS Global. VFS Global’s role is limited to assisting customers with appointment booking for the test only.  

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