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Important notice for visa applicants:

Introduction of an Appointment System 
All applicants need an appointment in order to submit their Schengen visa application with the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore. You can find the instructions on how to apply in the section “Introduction of an Appointment System”. 


Please note that Switzerland has introduced Schengen Visa on 12 December 2008.  The processing time can take between 5 –15 working days, hence it is advisable to apply for visa 3–4 weeks prior to your departure. 

Adults (12+years)       SGD 100.-                       
Children (6-12years)  SGD  60.-                           
Children (0-6years)    free of charge 

Cash
Only & NO express visa will be issued


Visa Information


Singapore citizens
in possession of a valid passport do not need a visa to enter Switzerland and the countries of the Schengen Agreement*) as tourists or business travellers if they do not stay longer than 90 days within 6 months.
 
*) The following states are members of the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Other nationals might require a visa to enter Switzerland. To ascertain whether you need a visa please click on the link below (“List of states”) to see the overview of countries. 

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/dokumentation/rechtsgrundlagen/weisungen_und_kreisschreiben/visa/liste1_staatsangehoerigkeit.html List of states

It is recommended that you take out a holiday health insurance policy for the duration of your stay, even if you are insured abroad under your statutory health insurance system. 


Application


Please be aware that the application has to be made at the Schengen representation of the country of your main destination. Tourists who spend equal time in several Schengen states are required to apply for the visa at the representation of the country where they enter the Schengen area.

Visa applicants whose main destination is Switzerland are asked to come in person to this Embassy with all required documents (see on the right for visa requirements). 

Introduction of an Appointment System

Please note that as of Thursday March 15, 2012 all applicants will need an appointment in order to submit their Schengen visa application with the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore. 

Step 1: Getting an appointment: 

Please send an email to  sin.visa@eda.admin.ch or call the Embassy from Monday to Friday between 2:00pm and 3:00pm at the number +65 6594 6583

In order to expedite the process, please have the following information ready:

  • Family name
  • Given name
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Telephone number
  • Passport number
  • Planned departure date from Singapore and arrival date in Switzerland
  • Purpose of travel

The appointments take place from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 12:00pm.

Step 2: On your appointment day and time:

Please be on time. Show your passport at the reception
Please allow for some extra time, as there can be delays.
Please be sure to have the form ready, completed and duly signed, with all the supporting documents, photo copies, and photos, as well as the current visa application fees (in cash) in accordance with our visa rules.
If your application is incomplete, you may need a new appointment. 

Additional documents may be requested by the visa officer in order to assess the applicant’s personal, financial or professional situation or in order to determine the purpose of his/her travel. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

Step 3: Passport collection:

The visa procedure takes 5–15 days from the date on which your application is accepted as complete and which appears on the receipt ticket given to you. You will need this receipt to get your passport back.

The collection of passports after 5–15 days after submission is possible Monday to Friday between 12:00pm and 12:30pm. – No appointment is needed for collection. 

Timing:

Getting an appointment:            Monday–Friday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Strictly for visa collections:       Monday–Friday from 12:00pm to 12:30pm

http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib/downloads/edactr/rus.Par.0083.File.tmp/Photograph_Guidelines_en.pdf  Criterias for required photo


Processing time


The decision of granting or refusing a visa request is usually taken within 15 working days but might take longer for certain nationals or specific reasons. There are no express visas available. It is recommeded to apply about 3 to 4 weeks before your planned departure date. Applicants for sponsored visitor visas as well as applicants for long stay visas (more than 90 days) for studies or employment have to apply at least 3 months prior to traveling to Switzerland.

Visa refusals
In case of a visa refusal the applicant will be informally notified of the decision. The applicant may request a contestable written decision by the Swiss Federal Office for Migration which is subject to a charge.

Visa-free entry
Holders of a national passport of Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Japan or Taiwan are entitled to a visa-free entry to Schengen countries for stays of up to 90 days, provided that no employment is being pursued. However, holders of a Certificate of Identity on the other hand do require a visa for Switzerland.

Holders of a valid national passport (of a country requiring a visa to enter Schengen) in conjunction with a valid Swiss permanent residence card are permitted to enter the whole Schengen area without a visa.