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As of Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the visa appointment system will be processed for all kind of visa for Switzerland and France by the Swiss Visa Acceptance Center TLScontact in Astana.
The new telephone number and the website of TLScontact for visa appointment and any other information will be posted shortly.
Embassy of Switzerland
Diplomatic and consular section:
Tel.: +7 7172 97 98 95
Introduction of the VIS
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants. The diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states will be gradually connected to the system region by region.
Along with the connection to the VIS on 14 November 2013 all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Kazakhstan have to capture the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa.
An information leaflet of the European Union relating to the introduction of the VIS and the capture of biometric data can be found on our website (in English). EU commission
- Leaflet (633 Kb, pdf)