A huge rush for Indian passport services was seen in the UAE. Indian community members are calling for an online appointment system for passport services to address the huge rush and violations of social distancing norms being reported in various passport service centers to post the Stay Home period in the UAE.
Passport and visa application processing services for the Indian missions have been outsourced to BLS International.
The service centers of the company have been witnessing a huge rush of applicants, especially in the morning hours as officials struggle to clear the backlog caused by lockdown and operate with limited capacity while some centers in the premises of Indian associations still remain closed.
There was a chaos of people rushing to get tokens at the BLS Centre in Deira on Wednesday where police had to disperse the crowd.
Those seeking repatriation cannot fly without a valid passport or a travel document called Emergency Certificate or out-pass.