Application for Schengen visa and procedure
As a general rule, a decision is taken by the Consulate within 15 days. This period may, in individual cases, be extended.
Some Schengen States require that they be consulted on visa applications submitted to other Schengen States by citizens of certain countries. The consultation process may take up to seven calendar days. Such consultation is currently required for nationals of the countries listed here:
It is therefore recommended to submit the visa application early, at the earliest 6 months before the planned journey.
The reasons for refusal are notified to the applicant using a standard form.
You have the right to appeal within 30 days of receipt of the refusal. For information on appeal procedures, please refer to the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration.
Biometric data (fingerprints and digital photo) are generally collected every 59 months from the age of 12 years from the first photograph.
If you are a family member of a Swiss, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, you are entitled to submit your application directly at the responsible Embassy or Consulate of Switzerland.
An appointment is mandatory and must be booked in advance.
If you wish to complain about the behavior of the consular staff and, if applicable, about the external service provider or about the process, please contact the competent representation in writing.
- Individuals who wait outside the fence and offer their services are not associated in any way with the staff of the Swiss embassy.
- The Swiss embassy does not cooperate with any agency.
- The staff of the Swiss embassy has no contact with the agencies outside the building.
- The Swiss embassy is located inside the black fence.
- Forms and information are free of charge.
- The Swiss embassy provides information free of charge.
- The Swiss embassy does not recommend any insurance company.
- You must make an appointment.
- Only complete applications will be accepted.
- The Swiss embassy does not provide any information by telephone or email about the applications being processed.
- to ask for additional documentation
- to transmit applications to the Swiss authorities
- to summon candidates for an interview.
- to make changes to this information without notice
Warning concerning agencies
The Swiss embassy retains the right: