Founded in 2007, TLScontact works with governments worldwide to provide visa and consular services on their behalf to travelers and citizens.
Until the end of September 2022, applications for Schengen visas were lodged with VFS Global visa service.
“Starting from October 2022, applications for Schengen visa to Germany can only be lodged with the new service provider TLScontact. TLS Application centers in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar will be at your service,” the German Embassy tweeted.
The TLScontact application centers commenced operations this week, with the Riyadh center operating from Oct. 4, the Jeddah center from Oct. 5, and Alkhobar center from Oct. 6.
Appointments will initially be available in limited numbers.
“We kindly ask for your understanding. If you are planning a trip to Germany in October or November, please book your visa appointment well in advance,” said the embassy.
All applicants who have lodged their applications with VFS Global until the end of September will receive their passports back through VFS Global, as from October onwards, visa applications for Germany can only be lodged through TLScontact.
The mandatory steps to apply for a Schengen visa include completing the Videx form; registering on the TLS website; preparing supporting documents and making an appointment; submitting an application and providing biometric data at the application center, and returning to the center to collect the passport. The applicant can also use express courier service.
For more information concerning locations, opening hours, and booking of appointments, applicants can see the webpage of TLScontact https://visas-de.tlscontact.com/visa/sa