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San Francisco, visa desk
456 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104-1233
United States of America
Tel.: +1 415 788 2272
Fax: +1 415 788 1402
Monday-Friday 09:00-11:30 (no appointment necessary)
Where and how to apply for a Schengen visa?
The Swiss Visa Desk can only accept applications from persons whose main destination is Switzerland.
Schengen Regulation (Visakodex)
- If the travel destination is one Member State, that Member State's consulate must deal with the application.
- If the travel destination includes more than one Member State, the application must be dealt with by the consulate of the main destination. The main destination is understood to be the destination where the applicant intends to spend the longest time or where the main purpose of the intended journey is carried out.
- If no main destination can be determined, the consulate of the Member whose external border the applicant intends to cross first, must deal with the application (point of first entry).
Residents in Northern California are requested to appear in person. No appointment is required.
Applicants from Southern California (Zip Codes 90000-93500), Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming can apply by mail.
Visa applications are usually processed within 5 to 10 business days (no same day processing available)
Passports with issued visas can be mailed back upon request. Please either provide a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope at the time of your application, or include an additional $ 20.00 with your visa fee. The passport will then be returned via Fedex standard overnight shipping.
The Swiss representation does not assume any liability for the loss of documents submitted or returned by mail.
Exact cash and all major credit cards (except American Express) accepted for persons who appear in person. If you apply by mail, fees have to be paid by money order or cashier's check issued to "Consulate General of Switzerland". No personal checks accepted.
For detailed visa information, please use the following link: visa information