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Visas for persons living in Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar*
No telephone inquiries accepted.
- Visa applications must be submitted only with appointment and each applicant above the age of 12 years must apply in person.
- No appointments granted by telephone or email.
- Appointments can be booked from Sunday to Thursday between 11.00 and 13.00 hrs.
*Residents in Qatar: Contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Doha as follows and for visa documentation, please follow the information hereafter.
T: +974 4445 1567
From 1st October 2012 the visa section of the Swiss Embassy has to collect biometric data’s of all visa applicants older than 12 years. The collection of biometric data’s gives a better protection from misusing of personal data's by other persons. Our section will take fingerprints and scan the photo of the applicants, which will be saved in the central database in Strasbourg. All Schengen member states have access to the new information system. The implementation of collection of biometric data’s will not change the visa application process. However as there is an additional work process involved with taking fingerprints it could come to slight delays. From this date on (1st October 2012) it is absolutely necessary that applicants apply in person. Visa applications will not be accepted on the submission day if the applicants are not personally present. If the biometric data’s can’t be taken because the person himself/herself is not present then a new appointment must be made. No exceptions can be made.
Visa applicants are required to book an appointment in order to submit their visa application.
To get an appointment you have to come to the Embassy, or send somebody to the Embassy, Sunday to Thursday, between 11.00am to 01.00pm.
Application forms can also be downloaded from this webpage (see Downloads column on the right hand side). Visa forms must be filled in either German, French, Italian or English. In accordance with the agreement of November 6th, 1963 between Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein Swiss entry regulations also apply to applications to enter the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The application form shall be duly filled in all its parts and accompanied by the documentation required. Applications incomplete, not properly filled, and/or with missing or faulty documentation (including compliance with photo requirements) will not be accepted.
The visa fee has to be paid in cash, in Kuwaiti Dinar, when handing in the application. The fee will not be reimbursed if the visa is refused.
Each application is checked individually and no guarantee can be given that a visa will be issued. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for costs involved when a visa is refused. Please note that in certain cases the application has to be submitted to the authorities in Switzerland. In this case it may take up to 12 weeks until a decision is given to the Embassy.
Due to the mandatory Schengen consultation of visa of several countries the passports can be collected only after 2 weeks from the date in which the visa application has been submitted and accepted by the visa officer. Applicants are invited to apply early; visa can be applied three month prior the entry date to Switzerland, because no exceptions can be made from this rule. Notification of refusal will be handed out to the applicant only.
The Embassy recommends that when you travel carry with you copies of the documents (e.g. letters of invitation, bookings, and insurance policy) which you enclosed with your visa application. This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.
Application form: The application form can be downloaded from the following webpage: www.bfm.admin.ch
One form per person duly completed and signed by the applicant (father and mother have to sign the application for children aged under 18 and join a copy of their signed passports).
The forms are available in different languages, but please note that the form has to be filled out using the Roman alphabet. No Arabic, Chinese, Russian etc. will be accepted.
2 recent passport-sized pictures of the applicant (light background).
Signed passport (original and copy), which has to be valid for at least three months beyond the expiry date of the Schengen visa. Copies of the past obtained visas.
Passport has to remain at the Embassy of Switzerland during the processing time.
Travel Insurance, covering the entire journey in the Schengen space, minimum coverage of 30’000 Euros, taking in charge the possible repatriation costs and the local outpatient and inpatient medical treatment costs (copy).
Diplomatic and Special passports need a “Note verbal” from either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Rulers Office, exemption of Travel Insurance.
Flight tickets: The copy of electronic flight tickets (E-Tickets).
Confirmed hotel reservation covering the entire duration of the stay (copy), or obvious and recent proof of owning a house/flat in Switzerland. You must spend at least half of your time in Switzerland that you are entitled to apply at the Swiss Embassy.
Bank statements of the last three months.
Fee equivalent to EUR 60 paid upon submission. No fee refunded for rejected applications.
Additional requirements for non Kuwaiti / Bahraini nationals:
- Company letter of your employer/sponsor duly stamped and signed (original).
- Residency permit / ID card (copy), which has to be valid for at least three months beyond the expiry date of the Schengen visa.
- Trade license (copy).
Additional requirements for:
Invitation sent to the Swiss Embassy by the host company in Switzerland, including:
- The name and the passport number of the applicant.
- The nature of the business.
- The guarantee of bearing all accommodation and medical expenses.
- The declaration that the applicant will return to Kuwait before the visa expiry date.
Household employees (come personally to the Embassy before and after the journey to Switzerland):
- Liability Declaration (please see Downloads above)
- Copy of the employers’ family passports and their Schengen visas.
- Have to be in Kuwait / Bahrain at least one year and with the same sponsor.
The host should fax/e-mail a dated/signed invitation letter mentioning the personal data of the invited person (name, passport details and exact dates of stay) to the Embassy of Switzerland, certifying that he/she will be responsible for all expenses related to the stay (accommodation, transport, medical) and for the return to Kuwait before the expiry of the visa.
Host must add a copy of his/her passport or ID (and copy of the Residence Permit if not a Swiss citizen).
Please note that additional documents might be requested.
Fee is equivalent of EUR 60 at the Swiss government's exchange rate.
Visa for children below the age of 6 years is free of charge. Visa fee for children aged between 6 and 12 is equivalent of EUR 35.
The fee is to be paid in cash (personal checks and credit cards are not accepted).
Postage: If your application must be submitted to the competent authorities in Switzerland for a decision (e. g. work or study residence visa, family reunification visa), an additional postage fee of KWD 4.000 will be levied.
Complete the visa application form (available online) and bring it with you together with all other requirements.
- Residents in Kuwait: The applicant has to come in person or send somebody to the Embassy to arrange an appointment, on the date give, the applicant has to come in person to the Embassy to submit the documents and to have her/his biometric data taken.
- Residents in Bahrain: The applicant has to call the number +965 2534 0172 between 11.30am to 1.00pm Sunday to Thursday to arrange an appointment. On the date give, the applicant has to come in person to the Embassy in Kuwait to submit the documents and to have her/his biometric data taken.
- *Residents in Qatar: Contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Doha as follows:
T: +974 4445 1567
Please note that while we believe the given information is correct and up-to-date, the Swiss Embassy or the Swiss Consulate General are not legally responsible in the event of errors, omissions or obsolescence. Once an application has been submitted, no further changes can be made. No claim is possible for cancelled reservations. Only the immigration officers or the Swiss Federal or Cantonal authorities are competent to ultimately accept or deny visa applications. The operators (such as airlines and travel agencies) must use appropriate means to inform their customers of potential travel requirement issues before making any nonrefundable reservations.