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Visas for persons living in the Philippines

Visa checklists - travelling to Switzerland
Important notice and General Information
Visa fee
Where to apply for a Schengen Visa
How to apply for a Short Stay Schengen Visa -Visa appointment
Processing Time
Types of visa
Important information
Working hours
New rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the Schengen Area

Visa checklists - travelling to Switzerland

Important notice and General Information

As of November 08, 2013, the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila will outsource some part of the visa process to the company TLScontact *(TELESMART International). As of that date, the interview appointments and the receipt of the application files will be handled by TLS. All visa applications will have to be submitted to the following address:

TLScontact Center, Unit 7B New Solid building, 357 Sen. Gil J Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila

On Friday, January 17, 2014 and Monday, January 20, 2014 no application can be handled due to a change of our system software.

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 / Schengen states.

If you have any further questions, please call the visa hotline.


Visa fee

 
As of October 14, 2013 the following visa fees apply:

Adults and children over 12 years : PHP 3800.00

Children from 6 to below 12 years: PHP 2200.00

Children under the age of 6 are free of charge 

Appeal against a decision: PHP 7700.00


The fee must be paid in Philippine peso. The fee does not include the service charge of TLScontact, please see details on following website: https://www.tlscontact.com/ph2ch/login.php www.tlscontact.com/ph2ch/login.php 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).


Where to apply for a Schengen Visa

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 or Liechtenstein.


How to apply for a Short Stay Schengen Visa -Visa appointment

All appointments for the submission of application files must be booked with our external service provider TLScontact via the following website https://www.tlscontact.com/ph2ch/login.php www.tlscontact.com/ph2ch/login.php or by the Visa Hotline: (02) 737-4040, Mondays - Fridays, from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm (except during public holidays). For general information please contact the Visa Hotline.

Application files have to be submitted to TLScontact on the day of the appointment at the following address:

TLScontact Center, Unit 7B New Solid Building, 357 Sen. Gil J Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila

Applicants who do not wish to submit their applications to TLScontact may continue to submit them directly to the Embassy. However, it is still necessary to make an appointment in advance through TLScontact.


 

Visa Hotline:

 

(02) 737-4040

The services of this call center are paid by the caller and will be free of charge for landlines and applicable NDD charges for calls made outside Manila. Rates for calls made through payphones, prepaid phone cards or mobile phones will apply and may vary with your network provider. Please check with your telephone/mobile phone provider for details. Please note that these number can only be reached within the Philippines.


Processing Time

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.


Types of visa

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.


Important information

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.


Working hours

The Embassy of Switzerland is

  • open from Monday to Thursday between 09:00 and 12:00 a.m. and Friday between 09:00 and 11:00 a.m.
  • closed on weekends as well as on Philippine and Swiss public holidays
  • answering phone inquiries between 14.00h and 16.00h, Mondays to Thursdays 

The visa hotline is open from:

  • 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, except during public holidays
New rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the Schengen Area

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