VFS Global now services Croatia and Lithuania visas in 27 and 9 countries respectively


VFS Global announced that in December 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatiahave extended their contracts with VFS Global. Under the renewed agreements, VFS Global will service Croatia visas in 27 countries, and Lithuaniavisas in 9 countries.

The agreement extends Croatia visa services through VFS Global for a further five years in Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, China, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The contract signed with Lithuania extends VFS Global’s visa services for the period of one year in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Under the contract, VFS Global will now also serve Lithuania in Kosovo, through a new Visa Application Centre in Pristina.

Chris Dix, Head Business Development, VFS Global, remarked, “VFS Global’s relationship with Croatia and Lithuania has grown from strength to strength through the years. We have been associated with the two Ministries since 2013, and are delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue offering them our visa services through these contract extensions. Not only does the agreement renewal reinforce the two governments’ faith in VFS Global’s service standards, but also strengthens our companys position as the leading  visa services partner to EU member states.

For VFS Global, 2017 was an eventful year, with seven new client governments signed on: namely, Bahrain, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Nigeria, Slovakia and Ukraine. VFS Global is the trusted partner to 58 client governments worldwide, offering a range of visa, permit, passport, and consular services.


Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.