Advice for Swiss Abroad (de/fr/it)
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Embassy Holidays 2014
Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka
Bern, 22 August 2014 – The first Geneva Convention was signed on this date 150 years ago, marking the birth of international humanitarian law as we know it today. It has since evolved through a number of stages and increased in scope, but violations are still commonplace, and even now there are countless victims of war crimes. This has prompted Switzerland to join forces with the International Committee of the Red Cross to launch an initiative aimed at strengthening international humanitarian law. The anniversary is also being marked with an exhibition of works by Swiss photographer Jean Mohr at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, entitled "War from the Victims' Perspective", which opened on 22 August.
Short term visa (max. 90 days)
As of 1st November 2013, applicants for short term visa (max. 90 days) have to submit their application without prior appointment from Monday – Thursday 8 am – 1 pm and on Friday 8 – 10 am to the VFS Switzerland counter at the World Trade Center (WTC), Level 6, Echelon Square, Colombo 1.
Tel. +94 11 469 08 99, E-Mail: email@example.com
There is also a VFS office at 89, Brown Road, Jaffna.
Tel. +94 21 492 21 50
More information on their website: www.vfsglobal.ch/Switzerland/Srilanka
The following applicants for short term visa (max. 90 days) may submit their application directly to the Swiss Embassy after scheduling an appointment with the visa section of the Embassy:
Living in Sri Lanka:
- Spouses and children of Swiss or EU citizen
- Diplomatic, Official or normal passports holders with a note from their Ministry
- Applicants for urgent medical visas
- Applicants attending funerals
Living in the Maldives:
- Diplomatic or Official passport holders with a note from their Ministry may send their application through the Maldives High Commission in Colombo
- Citizen and resident visa holders of the Maldives with previously issued Schengen visa may arrange the delivery of their application and the return of their passport through a courier company
The following applicants for long term visa (more than 90 days) may submit their application directly to the Swiss Embassy after scheduling an appointment with the visa section of the Embassy:
- Work visa
- Student visa
- Family reunion visa
- Humanitarian visa
REMEMBER TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN TIME. DURING THE PEAK SEASON THERE MAY BE A WAITING LIST FOR UP TO FOUR WEEKS.
BEFORE APPLYING FOR YOUR SCHENGEN VISA, MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE A VALID VISA FOR YOUR NEXT COUNTRY OF DESTINATION AFTER LEAVING THE SCHENGEN TERRITORY BASED ON YOUR PLANNED ITINERARY.
(For example if you are travelling to the UK after your stay in the Schengen territory, get the visa for the UK first and then only apply for your Schengen visa.)
Visa section of the Embassy of Switzerland:
Embassy of Switzerland
63 Srimath R.G. Senanayake Mawatha (Gregory’s Road)
P.O. Box 342
Visitors by prior appointment only:
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 12 noon
Operated Monday – Friday 8 – 10 am
Tel.: +94 11 269 12 20
Fax: +94 11 269 12 00
Visa Webpage in the link bar on the right side of this page