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Visa for people living in Indonesia and East Timor
The Schengen-Dublin Association Agreement ratified by Switzerland entered into force on December 12th, 2008. From this date:
- Switzerland accepts Schengen visas for entry into Switzerland (all nationalities);
- Holders of Swiss residence permits (L, B and C) can, in combination with their national passports, travel to other Schengen Member States without a visa,
- The Swiss Embassy accepts applications for Schengen visas (condition: Switzerland is the sole or main destination).
On October 11th, 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprins 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 November 14th 2013, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Indonesia 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 the right hand side of this webpage.
Nationals of Indonesia and East Timor require a visa to enter the Schengen area. For other nationalities, please refer to the “ Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality” edited by the Swiss Federal Office for Migration.
Indonesian citizens in possession of a valid diplomatic passport or service passport are free to enter and stay in Switzerland for a period up to 3 months without a visa.
The visa section of the Swiss Embassy in Jakarta is the competent authority.
Passport endorsements are not accepted.
To apply for a visa you first have to request an appointment. Starting October 1st, 2013, appointments must be fixed with TLScontact. A service charge applies.
For security reasons, applicants must provide their family name, nationality, passport number and mobile phone number.
You are strongly advised to make an appointment well in advance, as waiting times, especially during the busy travel seasons (from June to July and during Ramadan, as well as around Christmas/New Year) can be very long.
We highly recommend that you apply for the appointment at least 3-4 weeks before your departure date.
The earliest date at which a visa application can be made is 3 months before the planned date of departure.
Please keep the given appointment as it might not be possible to reschedule it, due to the very limited availabilities. On your appointment date, please come in person and on time to the Embassy: applicants behind schedule, will be asked to fix a new appointment.
Applicants that do not need to fix an appointment through TLScontact in advance are:
- Spouses of registered Swiss citizens
- Holders of diplomatic and service passports
Every applicant has then to apply in person for his/her visa at the Swiss Embassy in Jakarta to register his/her biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image).
Exceptions to this rule are the following:
- applicants whose 10 digital fingerprints of good quality are already registered in VIS since less than 5 years;
- persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;
- children under the age of twelve;
- heads of State or government and members of a national government with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organization for an official purpose;
- sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States’ government or by international organization for an official purpose.
The Embassy reserves the right to request the personal appearance of all applicants if needed.
The telephone information service of TLScontact is available as follows: +62 21 2985 2788, from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 16:30.
An auto-information-service in various languages is available around the clock.
Below you will find several information sheets regarding the categories of visa most frequently issued:
Short stay visas (C-Type - Max 90 days)
Tourism visa (pdf, 19 Kb)
Visitor visa (pdf, 24 Kb)
Business visa (pdf, 22 Kb)
Medical visa (pdf, 21 Kb)
Long stay visas (D-Type - More than 90 days)
Work visa 90-120 days (pdf, 11 Kb)
Work visa more than 120 days (pdf, 10 Kb)
Student visa (pdf, 17 Kb)
Family reunion visa (pdf, 19 Kb)
Please refer to this file. (Visa Fees, 5 Kb)
Please refer to this file (pdf, 225 Kb).
Submission of visa applications and passports collection: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 12:00
The Swiss representation does not assume any liability for the loss of documents submitted by mail.
- for short stay visas: usually between 3 and 15 working days, in certain cases even more;
- for long stay visas: 8-12 weeks