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Visa information for residents of Kuwait and Bahrain
- Visa applications can be submitted only with prior appointment.
- Each applicant above the age of 12 years must apply in person.
- No appointments are granted by telephone or mail. The applicant or a person on behalf of the applicant can book an appointment directly at the Embassy from Sunday to Thursday between 11h00 and 13h00.
NEW RULE ON CALCULATION OF THE DURATION OF STAY WITHIN THE SCHENGEN AREA SINCE OCTOBER 18, 2013
Switzerland has adopted the new Schengen rule since October 18, 2013 concerning the calculation of the duration of stay for all Non-Schengen citizens. Please consult the website of the Federal Office for Migration for details in order to avoid being caught in an illegal situation and which can cause fines and sanctions.
In order to calculate the the period of allowed stay under the new rules please visit the website of the European Union.
Residents of Kuwait:
- Book an appointment according to the above mentioned procedure.
- On the date of appointment, the applicant himself/herself has to come to the Embassy to submit all the required documents as described hereafter and to have his/her biometric data taken.
Residents of Bahrain:
- Book an appointment: Applicants can call the Embassy on +965 2534 0172/3/4 from Sunday to Thursday between 09h00 and 13h00.
- The applicant has to come in person to the appointment at the Swiss Embassy in Kuwait to submit all the required documents and to have his/her biometric data taken.
You are eligible to apply for a visa at the Swiss Embassy if either the majority of your total stay is in Switzerland or if it equals the number of nights with a following Schengen country and it is the first destination on the tour.
In accordance with the agreement of 6th November, 1963 between Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Swiss entry regulations also apply to applications to enter the Principality of Liechtenstein.
- Application form: The application form can be downloaded from this website (see Downloads on the right hand side of this page). One form per person duly completed, dated and signed by the applicant accompanied by the documentation required.
For applicants under the age of 18 years, both parents must sign the application form and have to join a copy of their signed passports.
The form must be filled either in German, French, Italian or English as Arabic, Chinese, Russian etc. will be not accepted.
Incomplete applications or not properly filled in and/or with missing or faulty documentation (including non-compliance to photo requirements) will be rejected.
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 if a visa is refused.
- Photo: 2 recent passport-size photos of the applicant with white or light blue background.
- Passport (signed original and one copy): The passport’s validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. Please supply copies of obtained visas in the past.
Bear in mind that the passport remains at the Embassy during the processing time.
- Travel Insurance (copy): Applicants for a visa shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Member States. The insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30 000.
Diplomatic and Special passports need a “Note verbal” from either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Rulers Office for exemption of Travel Insurance.
- Flight tickets: Supply a copy of the electronic flight tickets (E-Tickets).
- Hotel reservation (copy): Confirmed hotel reservation covering the entire duration of the stay, or obvious and recent proof of owning a house/flat in Switzerland.
- Bank statement: Bank statements of the last three months.
Non Kuwaiti / Bahraini citizens:
- Original letter of your employer/sponsor duly stamped and signed, confirming your employment, position and salary.
- Residency permit / ID card (copy): The end of the validity shall be at least two months prior of the intended date of return to Kuwait from the territory of the Schengen Member States or, in the case of several visits, before the last intended date of return from the territory of the Member States.
- Trade license (copy).
Invitation sent to the Swiss Embassy by fax or mail directly from the host company in Switzerland, including:
- Name and the passport number of the applicant.
- Reason of the business trip.
- Who will be bearing the cost for accommodation and medical expenses.
- Declaration that the applicant will return to Kuwait before the visa expiry date.
- Liability Declaration (please see Downloads on this page).
- Copy of the employer’s passport and valid Schengen visa.
- Have to be in Kuwait / Bahrain at least one year and with the same sponsor.
- Household employees have to come personally to the Embassy before and after the journey to Switzerland.
Invited guests to Switzerland:
The host must fax or mail a dated and signed invitation letter directly to the Embassy of Switzerland mentioning the personal data of the invited person (name, passport details and exact duration of stay), certifying that he/she will be responsible for all expenses related to the stay (accommodation, transport, medical) and for the timely return to Kuwait.
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.
The visa fee for adults is equal to EUR 60, for children, aged between 6 and 12 years, it is equal to EUR 35 and for children below the age of 6 years it is free of charge.
The fee has to be paid in cash (personal checks and credit cards are not accepted) in Kuwait Dinar according to the Swiss government's exchange rate when the application is submitted.
The fee will not be reimbursed if the visa is refused.
If your application needs to be submitted to the authorities in Switzerland for a decision (e.g. work or student visa, family reunification etc.), an additional fee of KWD 4 will be charged. It may take up to 12 weeks until a decision is given to the Embassy.
- Due to the mandatory Schengen consultation for a certain number of countries, the passports can only be collected 2 weeks after the date the visa application has been submitted to the visa officer.
- Applicants are invited to apply early. Visas can be applied up to three months prior to the date of entry into Schengen territory.
- Notification of visa refusal will only be handed out to the applicant.
The Embassy recommends carrying copies of the documents (e.g. letters of invitation, bookings and insurance policy) you enclosed with your visa application. This can help to make the control procedures easier and avoid delays at the border.
The Swiss Embassy is 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 officer and the Federal or Cantonal authorities are competent to ultimately accept or deny visa applications. The operators (i.e. airlines and travel agencies) must use appropriate means to inform their customers of potential travel requirement issues before making any nonrefundable reservations.