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Tel.: (+91 11) 4995 9520
Fax: (+91 11) 4995 9529
E-mail:  ndh.visa@eda.admin.ch

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Applying for Visa in New Delhi

Indian Residents from North and East India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Lakshadweep (UT), Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal) and also residents from Bhutan should submit their application to the Switzerland Visa Application Centre or to the Swiss Embassy in Delhi.

Please note that effective April 05, 2010, a valid travel document has to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States;
  2. It shall contain at least two blank pages;
  3. It shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

Please also note that as per information received from the Indian Authorities, handwritten and not machine readable passports are no longer issued and manual changes in Indian passports are no longer permitted since 01.04.2010. The Schengen states’ consulates thus do not accept:

  1. Handwritten or not machine readable Indian passports issued after 01.04.2010;
  2. Indian passports that contain a manual entry (observation) made after 01.04.2010 where the biographical data (including name place and date of birth and sex) of the passport holder were changed. 

Note: Holders of Diplomatic/Official passports should apply for visa at the Swiss Embassy and not at the Switzerland Visa Application Centre. For details please see the relevent visa requirement sheet.


Announcements / Important information
  • Important change:
    From 20th January 2014 onwards, the procedure for obtaining an authorization for a visa regarding a work permit has to be initiated by the prospective employer through the channel of the competent cantonal authorities in Switzerland. They will thereafter examine directly the request.

    The cantonal procedure needs to be finalized and a positive decision must have been taken, before a visa request can thereafter be submitted at the Swiss representation abroad. In such cases the original document “authorization to enter Switzerland……” needs to be submitted together with the original passport, two photos, passport copy-first and last page and the visa fee (no visa application needs to be filled in).

    It is not any longer possible to submit the initial request directly or via VFS to the Embassy (it will be declared inadmissible).
          
  • As per 15.10.2013 travel insurances will be accepted only from approved Indian travel insurance companies. Please find the list under the section 'downloads' in the right column. 

Important announcement
Applicants not submitting their visa application in person but through a representative (family member, employee, travel agent or any other representative) are required to submit a standard ‘Authorization form’ along with their visa application. This form can be downloaded from the Embassy’s website. Please make sure that you read and fill out this form completely before signing. This rule is applicable with immediate effect.

Visa application process


In order to allow a proper preparation of visits to Switzerland please note the following processing times, which are subject to changes.

1. Processing Time at the Switzerland Visa Application Centre:

1.1. Deposit of your visa application

Please ensure that you make an appointment before you visit Swiss Visa Application Centre. In order to schedule an appointment for all categories of visa applications, please send an e-mail at the below mentioned email id. Swiss Visa Application Centre will respond to all mails within 24 hrs from the time of receipt of email on all working days confirming your appointment details (as per availability). Please carry a print out of the e-mail confirmation of your appointment when you visit the Swiss Visa Application Centre.

To apply at Swiss Visa Application Centre, New Delhi please email at:
 infoswiss.northin@vfshelpline.com

Please include the following points while sending an email to Swiss Visa Application Centre for scheduling an appointment.

Individuals seeking an appointment

  • Individual Name
  • First Name and Last Name of the applicant
  • Passport number
  • Date of Travel
  • Number of Applicants
  • Date of Issuance & Expiry of Passport.
  • 3 preferences of the desired appointment date.

Travel agents/Representative seeking an appointment

  • Travel Agency Name
  • First Name and Last Name of the applicant
  • Passport number
  • Date of Travel
  • Number of Applicants
  • Date of Issuance & Expiry of Passport.
  • 3 preferences of the desired appointment date.

Note: Only one e-mail request will be entertained per day per travel agent/tour operator.

1.2. Examination of visa application

Please be informed that the processing of a visa application takes a minimum of five working days.

Note, that the processing time will be longer, in case of an incomplete application or if someone is called for a personal interview.

Kindly note that first time travelers to Schengen countries have to present themselves for a personal interview. Once the interview has been conducted, and the application is complete, please allow 4 working days for the decision.

You will be able to track your application when applying through the Switzerland Visa Application Centre:

Switzerland Visa Application Centre
No.15-26, Second Floor, Block E
International Trade Tower, Nehru Place,
New Delhi – 110019
Website: http://www.vfs-ch-in.com/ www.vfs-ch-in.com

2. Processing Time at the Embassy of Switzerland:

2.1. Deposit of your visa application

The Embassy allows daily only for a very limited number of individual applicants to deposit their visa applications at the Visa section of the Embassy in person. In order to schedule an appointment to deposit your visa application at the Embassy, you must contact the Visa section through e-mail. The emails should be sent to the address mentioned below. The Embassy will respond to you within 24 hrs on all working days. You can expect to receive an appointment to deposit your application within 5 working days. Please carry a print out of the e-mail confirmation of your appointment when you visit the Embassy. Please note that no walk-in deposits are accepted currently. Any change of this rule will be made public.

To apply at Swiss Embassy, New Delhi please email at:  ndh.visa@eda.admin.ch

Please include the following points while sending an email to the Embassy for scheduling an appointment.

  • Individual Name
  • First Name and Last Name of the applicant
  • Passport number
  • Date of Travel
  • Number of Applicants

Date of Issuance & Expiry of Passport.
   
2.2. Examination of visa application:
Please be informed that processing of a visa takes a minimum of ten working days.
Note that the processing time will be longer, in case of an incomplete application.

Kindly note the following points: 

Opening time: Monday-Friday, 08:00-09:00 hrs (Applications are to be submitted with prior appointment)
You have to personally come to submit your visa application.
Passports submitted to the Embassy can be collected only after ten working days between 11:00 and 12:00 hrs
It is not possible to get the visa the same day.
The visa fee is 60 Euros (to be paid in Indian Rupees according to the current exchange rate). Exempted are children under 6 years, scholarship students and family of EU/EFTA states citizens. 
Children under the age of 18 travelling without their parents/guardians, should carry an authorization letter signed by both parents/guardians allowing them to travel. 
A travel/ medical insurance up to Euro 30’000.- is compulsory 
The visa application form is free - you can download it from this page or collect it from the Embassy. 
We suggest you to apply for the visa as early as possible, however, please be informed, that the application for the visa can only be filed maximum 3 months in advance of your departure date.


Kindly be informed, that the above mentioned information regarding the processing time is subject to changes. The processing time can be longer in the months of May, June and July, due to a high number of visa applications.