Advice for Swiss Abroad (de/fr/it)
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Embassy of Switzerland
Diplomatic and consular section:
As of Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the Swiss Visa Acceptance Center
“Moskva” Business Center
18 Dostyk Street
will process the visa appointment system for any kind of visa to Switzerland and/or The Principality of Liechtenstein and for Schengen visa to France (Metropolitan and Corsica) for persons living in the Northern, Eastern, Western and Central Regions of Kazakhstan, namely in Astana, Akmola Oblast, Karaganda Oblast, East Kazakhstan Oblast, Pavlodar Oblast, North Kazakhstan Oblast, Kostanay Oblast, Aktobe Oblast, West-Kazakhstan Oblast, Atyrau Oblast, Mangystau Oblast.
Appointments must be booked in advance with TLScontact via
- the website: www.tlscontact.com/kz2ch/login.php
- the telephone numbers: +7 7172 75 68 00, from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Additionally and only upon a granted appointment, TLScontact will receive in person the visa applicants for a Schengen visa (type C) at its premises (see above), checks the visa file and takes the biometric data.
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)