The following countries are members of the Schengen Agreement: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
A “Schengen visa” is required to visit one or more of these Member States. This visa is valid in all Schengen states for a stay of up to 90 days within a six-month period for a visit, tourism or business, but not for employment or family reunification purposes.
1) Filipino nationals who are ordinary passport holders are required to apply for a visa to enter the Schengen area.
2) Filipino official or diplomatic passport holders need no visa to enter Switzerland, but might need a visa to travel to certain other Schengen countries. Kindly check with the concerned Embassy/Consulate, if a visa is required.
Citizen from Palau, Micronesia or Marshall Islands are required to apply for a visa to enter the Schengen area. The requirements can be submitted by courier.
Citizens from Palau, who have an official or diplomatic passport need no visa to enter Switzerland, but might need a visa to travel to certain other Schengen countries. Kindly check with the concerned Embassy/Consulate, if a visa is required.
For other nationalities, kindly refer to the “ID and Visa Provisions for Entry to Switzerland” found on the following link (see link on the right side of your screen) from the Federal Office for Migration if there is a need for a visa for Switzerland / Liechtenstein / Sweden / Schengen states.
If you have any further questions, please call the visa hotline.
As of December 1, 2012 the following visa fees apply:
Adults and children over 12 years : PHP 3300.00
Children from 6 to below 12 years: PHP 1900.00
Children under the age of 6 are free of charge
Appeal against a decision: PHP 6600.00
The fee must be paid in Philippine peso. The cash amount will be collected by the visa collaborator at the counter during the applicant’s appointment. This fee is non-refundable and is also subject to change without prior notice.
The fee is waived for spouses and children of Swiss, EU and EFTA nationals. For this, sufficient proof must be presented (e.g. marriage contract, birth certificate, copy of the family member’s passport).
For a visit to one Schengen state, visa applications must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of that particular Member State. If the visit includes more than one destination, visa applications must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of the Member State whose territory constitutes the MAIN destination of the visit(s) in terms of purpose or the length of stay.
Please note that the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila only accepts applications from residents of the Philippines, Palau, Micronesia or Marshall Islands who are travelling mainly to Switzerland, Liechtenstein or Sweden.
Applicants are required to appear personally to lodge their visa applications (postal applications may only be accepted from residents of Palau, Micronesia or Marshall Islands). Before doing so, an appointment with the Visa Section needs to be arranged. Please read the "checklist" at the top of this page for information on general conditions and specific requirements.
Make an appointment in time. In some periods during the year, there can be a waiting period of three to four weeks before an appointment can be made.
Kindly make sure that the application form is fully filled out and signed and that the required documents mentioned in the “checklist” are duly enclosed. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Be aware that your entry may still be refused at the Swiss border if you do not meet all the other admission requirements. A visa is just ONE of the requirements for admission into Switzerland.
The visa application form may be downloaded from the above-mentioned link or obtained for free from the Embassy. Under the download part, you will find the appropriate checklists of requirements depending on the main purpose of your travel (e.g. Visit sponsored by a relative or friend, Tourism, Business). Please submit the original documents and provide the Embassy with clear photocopies.
Indicate your contact information (e.g. landline and mobile numbers, email address) in your visa application form. Doing so will make it easier for the Embassy to get in touch with you about the status of your application. Check your email regularly after filing your application since updates about your application are sometimes sent via email.
For visa appointments and general information please call the visa hotline of our outsourcing partner from 8.00 a.m. - 18.00 p.m., Mondays - Saturdays (except during public holidays) through one of the following numbers:
PLDT & SMART subscribers (landline/mobile)
1 909 101 0011
The services of this call center are paid by the caller and cost PHP 32.00 per minute excl. VAT and applicable NDD charges for calls made outside Metro Manila. Additional rates may apply for calls made through payphones, prepaid phone cards or mobile phones. Please check with your telephone/mobile phone provider for details. Please note that these numbers can only be reached within the Philippines.
You may also request for an appointment online by visiting:
Visa information and application center
Appointments can also be made with the Embassy directly: In the case that you do not wish to benefit from the appointment system provided through the Call Center of the Embassy in Manila, you have the option to make an appointment directly and free of charge at the Embassy itself. For the arrangement of the appointment the applicant must appear personally at the Embassy with the passport that is to contain the required visa (only Wednesdays from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.).
In general, processing will take 5 working days up to 4 weeks after filing of the complete application.
Please be advised that in certain cases, the processing of applications may take up to 4 weeks (e.g. Family Regroupment, Study, Employment, Declaration of sponsorship etc.). For further information, kindly refer to the appropriate guidelines/checklists of requirements or contact the Embassy. Therefore it is strongly recommended that you lodge your application well in advance, i.e. at least 3 weeks before the planned journey.
Once a visa application is approved, the following may be issued:
1) Uniform Visa
It is a valid visa for the entire territory of the Schengen states, with the purpose of transit or intended stay. A uniform visa may be issued for one, two or multiple entries.
Multiple-entry visas may be issued with a period of validity between six months and five years, where the following conditions are met:
(a) The applicant proves the need or justifies the intention to travel frequently and/or regularly, in particular due to his occupational or family status, such as business persons, civil servants engaged in regular official contacts with Member States, and EU institutions, representatives of civil society organisations travelling for the purpose of educational training, seminars and conferences, family members of citizens of the Union, family members of third-country nationals legally residing in Member States and seafarers; and
(b) The applicant proves his integrity and reliability, in particular the lawful use of previous uniform visas or visas with limited territorial validity, his economic situation in the country of origin and his genuine intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for.
2) Airport Transit Visa
An airport transit visa shall be valid for transiting through the international transit areas of the airports situated on the territory of Member States. Filipino travellers transiting through MS airports are exempted from this requirement.
3) Limited territorial validity
Please refer to the national directives of the competent Embassy.
Applications can be lodged earliest three (3) months before the planned trip.
Visas are not issued on the day of the application and may take up to 4 weeks, notably when further verifications of the application is needed or in cases of representation where the authorities of the represented Member State are consulted. Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period for the decision may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.
Holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control at the point of entry and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries.
The Embassy of Switzerland is
The visa hotline is open from: