The Embassy of Italy in Qatar has opened new centre for processing tourist and business visa applications. The embassy has appointed Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) as the new service provider for all residents of Qatar wishing to go to Schengen area with Italy as the main destination. 

The centre is located at AMG Building, Madinat khalifa (south), can be contacted by email on [email protected] from 8 am to 5 pm, Sunday to Thursday. CKGS is represented by Jadu General Contracting in Qatar

Applications will be received from all residents of Qatar. The center will also process applications for travel to Sweden, Malta and Estonia, which are represented in Qatar by the Embassy of Italy with reference to Schengen visa applications.

CKGS will provide appointments for visa submission within three working days from the received request. The ordinary processing time for a completed visa application with all the required documents ranges from 3 to 15 days. It varies according to the nationality of the applicant. Applicants are advised to apply on time, ideally 45 days before their scheduled departure date.

To add to the services, CKGS will also offer travel insurance, SMS updates, courier, photographs, photocopy and premium lounge as part of their enhanced services for the applicants. Applicants will be able to pay for the visa and service fees by cash, debit or credit card at the Visa Application Centre or online. Moreover, applicants will be able to view the status of their applications online.

Applicants will be able to book the appointment via website, web chat as well as email [email protected] Additionally, CKGS will accept walk-in customers without an appointment although the waiting time for those applicants might get extended.

Commenting on this association, HE Guido De Sanctis, Ambassador of Italy to Qatar, said:

We’re glad to announce the opening of the new Visa Application Centre in Doha, with the aim to provide a quicker and better service to all those who are residents in Qatar and ask for a Schengen visa from our Embassy. It is a formula adopted with success by Italy and many other Governments around the world, and finally we are happy to announce that we are ready to start in Qatar with this new system.’