If your fingerprints have not been recorded, personal appearance when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory. You will need to schedule an appointment with the representation competent for your place of residence. Making an appointment is free of charge.
If your fingerprints were collected within the last 59 months for a previously issued Schengen visa, you will not have to register them again in person. Instead, you may mail your complete Schengen visa application to the representation competent for your place of residence. When submitting your application, please include a copy of your previous visa stickers in addition to all other required documents.
In the event that the previously registered fingerprints are of insufficient quality and cannot be transferred to a new visa, you will need to appear in person to have them registered again.
Personal appearance and fingerprint scan is not necessary for children under the age of 12.
The Swiss representation reserves the right to request the applicant to appear for a personal interview after reviewing the application.