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Starting May 15, 2014, all visa applicants in our jurisdiction will have to apply in person at this Consulate General in San Francisco. This is due to the introduction of the biometric procedure in the Schengen area which includes the fingerprinting to register the biometric data of each applicant.
Visa appointments can only be scheduled by phone at 415 205 6909, Monday-Friday between 11:00am-12:00pm only. For general visa inquiries you may call us at
415 788 2272, Monday-Friday between 1:00pm-2:00pm only.
Important notice for Visa Customers:
Starting April 7th, 2014, you are required to have an appointment for visa applications at this Consulate General. Please note that each applicant/individual requires one appointment slot.
Please call 415 205 6909 between 11:00am-12:00pm to schedule your appointment. No appointments will be scheduled by e-mail, at the counter or through another phone line. If you need to reschedule your appointment, you will need to call the appointment hotline.
At this time, only residents of Northern California are required to appear in person with an appointment. Residents of Southern California (Zip Codes 90000-93500), Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming may mail their visa applications to our office (if you decide to apply in person, you will have to schedule an appointment).
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).
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