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Citizens of other countries with residence in Japan

Entry regulations to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (for citizens of other countries with residence in Japan):
Schengen Visa application requirements
Where to apply for a Schengen Visa
Processing time
Visa fee
Documents required for Tourist/Private visit/Transit
Documents required for Business/Conference
Airport transit visa
Sojourn for more than 90 days consecutive:
Working as an official or for an international organisation in Switzerland:
Miscellaneous
Entry regulations to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (for citizens of other countries with residence in Japan):

To determine if you need a visa for entering or transiting Switzerland, please have a look at the lists in the following link: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise.html Informations for entry to Switzerland

Liechtenstein: The entry regulations are the same as for Switzerland.

Schengen Visa application requirements

A Schengen visa is valid for the member states of the Schengen agreement: A Schengen visa issued by an Embassy or a consulate of the below countries allows the holder to move freely in all these countries for a short term

maximum 90 days within 180 days 

as 

a tourist – for a private visit – for business purposes

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Czech Republic
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Please note that holders of Schengen Visas are still subject to immigration procedure and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries, even though they may hold a valid visa for these countries.

The Embassy would like to point out that the border authorities are obliged to examine whether, at the time of your entry, the prerequisites for entry continue to apply. This examination is international practice. If the prerequisites for entry or transit no longer apply, or if you are unable to provide the relevant evidence, you may be refused entry by the border authorities although you are in possession of a valid visa.

Therefore the Embassy recommends that you carry with you copies of the documents (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations) which you enclosed with your visa application. This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.

Where to apply for a Schengen Visa

If you wish to visit only one of the Schengen countries, you must apply at the Embassy to that country. If you wish to visit more than one of the Schengen countries, you must apply at the Embassy of the country which is your main destination. If you do not have a main desti-nation, you must apply at the Embassy of the country you will travel first. The visa shall be applied in the country where you reside legally.

As a main rule you have to apply in person at the Swiss Embassy.

Processing time

It is essential to allow yourself sufficient time when applying for a visa. The process may take up to 2 weeks, sometimes even longer. Please remember to note your telephone number, fax number or e-mail address so the Embassy can contact you when a decision has been reached.

Visa fee
All visas 60 EURO to be paid in JPY. The fees are subject to change according to the ex-change rates.

The fee is to be paid in advance in cash and it is not refundable. In certain cases, the fee may be waived or reduced in accordance with national legislation.
Documents required for Tourist/Private visit/Transit

The following original documents are required in German, French, Italian or English:

  • http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/visumantragsformular.html Application form: fully completed, dated and signed 
  • 2 coloured passport photo: must be less than 6 months old, length 47 mm, width 36 mm, with the head length 32-36 mm, taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • Passport: must be valid at least 3 months after your scheduled depart from the Schengen countries. must be issued within 10 years. (Please be aware that visa sticker requires at least 2 blank visa pages and the sticker can not be attached in the added pages of the passport.)
  • Valid residence permit + alien registration card or residence card or special
    permanent resident certificate: must be valid at least 3 months after you scheduled return to Japan
  • Overseas travel insurance certificate which covers the entire stay in Schengen countries. Minimum insurance coverage of 30’000 EURO for medical expenses and repatriation expenses due to sickness and accident.
  • Scheduled program
  • Reservation for travel tickets
  • Hotel reservation or invitation letter from the host with exact address and housing arrangements. Plus passport copy from Swiss or Swiss residence permit copy from non-Swiss 
  • Employment certificate on the company’s letterhead including annual salary and duration of the vacation. If self-employed bring registration of your company. Students must bring enrolment certificate.
  • Sufficient funds to cover your stay in Switzerland, i.e. bank statement, bankbook or guarantee declaration
  • For minors (up to 18 years) parents declaration of consent of travel, certified by notary public and a copy of their passports
  • Visa for the final destination if the purpose of travel in Switzerland is a transit 

In some cases further documents may be requested. 

Documents required for Business/Conference

The following original documents are required in German, French, Italian of English:

  • http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/visumantragsformular.html Application form: fully completed, dated and signed
  • 2 coloured passport photo: must be less than 6 months old, length 47 mm, width 36 mm, with the head length 32-36 mm, taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • Passport: must be valid at least 3 months after your scheduled depart from the Schengen countries. must be issued within 10 years.  (Please be aware that visa sticker requires at least 2 blank visa pages and the sticker can not be attached in the added pages of the passport.)
  • Valid residence permit + alien registration card or residence card or special
    permanent resident certificate: must be valid at least 3 months after you scheduled return to Japan
  • Overseas travel Insurance certificate which covers the entire stay in Schengen countries. Minimum insurance coverage of 30’000 EURO for medical expenses and repatriation expenses due to sickness and accident.
  • Scheduled program
  • Reservation for travel tickets
  • Invitation letter from your partner company on the company’s letterhead confirming the duration and purpose of the visit
  • Statement of your employer on the company’s letterhead certifying the purpose of the visit
  • For minors (up to 18 years) parents declaration of consent of travel, certified by notary public and a copy of their passports
  • Visa for the final destination if the purpose of travel in Switzerland is a transit

In some cases further documents may be requested.

Airport transit visa
  • Same requirements except travel insurance is not required

In some cases further documents may be requested.

Sojourn for more than 90 days consecutive:

You will need to apply for a staying permit and need to hand in the following:

To study :
(three copies of each of the following items)

  • Original application form which has to be signed by the applicant (same signature as in the passport) completed and readable. The application form can be downloaded.
  • Recent photo (passport size).
  • Letter of admission from the school or the professor
  • Financial guarantees for at least one year’s expenses: i.e. scholarship confirmation, statement/confirmation from a bank in Switzerland (if a third party other than the applicant pays expenses, this person’s bank statement and a guarantee letter)
  • Payment certificate/receipt for school/accommodation
  • Motivation letter of the applicant mentioning personal history, purpose of the study in Switzerland and future plans.
  • Diplomas and/or certificates from the last attended school

To work :
(three copies of each of the following items)

  • Original application form which has to be signed by the applicant (same signature as in the passport), completed and readable. The application form can be downloaded.
  • Recent photo (passport size)
  • Employment contract (in case the expenses will be borne by a third party, the confirmation letter for expense payment from the person)

Other purposes :  
Please contact the Embassy of Switzerland for more information.

Procedure :
The applicant has to pay 60 EURO (processing fee) + 5 SFr (mailing cost to Switzerland) in JPY. The fees are subject to change according to the exchange rate. Please note that the fee is due when applying for a staying permit and will not be refunded in case of refusal. The application forms and additional documents will then be submitted to the competent authorities in Switzerland for decision. This procedure might take several months and the competent authorities in Switzerland might request additional documents. Please note that during the procedure of decision taking no information on the state of the procedure can be given by the Embassy.

Working as an official or for an international organisation in Switzerland:
Please take contact with the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo for more information.
Miscellaneous