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Consulate General of Switzerland Sydney
101 Grafton Street
Cnr Grosvenor Street
Tower 2 Level 23
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Australia

Postal address
PO Box 282
Bondi Junction NSW 1355
Australia

Fax: +61 2 9369 1334
 syd.visa@eda.admin.ch

All visa enquiries have to be in writing

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Important change
On 15 May 2014 the biometric Schengen visa has been introduced. Therefore all applications with main destination Switzerland need to be lodged in person at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney. For the long-term visa D no biometric data is required. 

Temporary change of opening hours:
Schengen visa C: Monday-Thursday: 2pm – 4pm
National visa D: Monday-Friday: 9am – 12pm 

Information about the different visa types can be found below.


Who needs a visa?

Please consult the link below to find out if you if you require a visa: 
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/dokumentation/rechtsgrundlagen/weisungen_und_kreisschreiben/visa/liste1_staatsangehoerigkeit.html Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality

Everybody who intends to stay in Switzerland for more than three consecutive months will need authorization from the cantonal Migration Office and an entry visa from the responsible Swiss visa desk. The same rule applies for all persons who intend to engage in any activity in Switzerland – including internships. Special regulations apply for citizens of EU/EFTA member countries, Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.


Australian citizens

Australian citizens can enter the Schengen area (Switzerland, 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 and Sweden) as tourist or on business without needing a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days or less within a 6 months period. Further information you find on the link on the right hand side of this webpage (Information regarding overstay).

Be aware of the following: If you do overstay these 90 days and you decide to depart from an international airport from Switzerland, a hefty fine might apply and you might even be prohibited to enter Switzerland and the Schengen area for up to three years.

Australian citizens, who intend to stay in Switzerland for more than three consecutive months, will need authorization from the cantonal Migration Office and an entry visa from the responsible Swiss visa desk. The same rule applies for all persons who intend to engage in any activity in Switzerland – including internships (see types of visa).


Visa procedure

There are two types of visa:

  • Short term Schengen visa (visa C)
  • Long term visa (visa D) 

Short term Schengen visas (visa C) allow the holder to move freely within the entire Schengen area for up to 90 days within a period of 6 months provided that the person does not engage in a gainful activity.

The Schengen visa always must be applied for at the competent Embassy/Consulate of the Schengen state where most of your time is spent. The application must be submitted at the competent representation of your place of residence.

Residents of Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu as well as Vanuatu: Applications for Schengen visa must be lodged in person at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney (opening hours: Monday-Thursday 2pm-4pm, no appointment is needed). Applications cannot be lodged at the Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra or the Consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne or Perth.

Residents of Papua New Guinea: Applications for Schengen visa with main destination Switzerland can be lodged at the Embassy of France in Port Moresby.

Introduction of the VIS: 
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). VIS is used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants. Since 15.05.2014 the Consulate General of Switzerland needs to capture the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa. Additional information relating to VIS and the capture of biometric data can be found on http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/index_en.htm the wepage of the European Union webpage.

Fees: The fee is subject to change and

must be paid in cash (exact amount is required) or postal money order made out to the Consulate General of Switzerland: 

  • AUD 87.00: adults 
  • AUD 51.00: children between 6 and 12, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Serbia, Moldova and Russia 

Free of charge: children under 6, spouses and children of Swiss and EU/EFTA nationals, applicants invited by an UN organization or CERN, holders of diplomatic or official passports.

Please note that the list above is not exhaustive. Therefore if you are unsure as to whether you have to submit payment, contact the Consulate General of Switzerland by e-mail.

Minors: Both parents must sign the form and add a copy of their passports. If one parent is unable to sign the form, he/she must submit a letter of agreement together with a copy of his/her passport.

Requirements and application form

Processing time is approx. 7 – 14 working days. The Consulate General of Switzerland cannot be held responsible for any delay or if the visa is refused. It is suggested that you apply at least one month prior to your departure, but not more than three months before the planned entry. Schengen visas for stays over 90 days are not available. 

Long term visas (visa D) are generally linked to a specific purpose (e.g. study, work, family reunion) entitle the holder to remain in Switzerland for an extended period of time. With the residence permit you are entitled to travel within the entire Schengen area for up to 90 days within 180 days. 

Applications for a work permit needs to be lodged by your future employer in Switzerland (exceptions see requirements for work visa below). All other applications can either be submitted at the competent representation of your place of residence or the competent cantonal Migration office in Switzerland. 

For residents of Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu as well as in Vanuatu: Applications can be lodged at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney by post or in person during opening hours (Mo-Fr 9am to 12.00pm, no appointment is needed). 

Minors: Both parents must sign the forms and add 3 copies of their passports. If one parent is unable to sign the form, he/she must submit a letter (original and two copies) of agreement together with 3 copies of his/her passport.

Requirements and application form

Fees (including postage): The fee is subject to change and must be paid in cash (exact amount is required) or postal money order made out to the Consulate General of Switzerland: 

  • AUD 93.00: adults
  • AUD 57.00: children between 6 and 12, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Serbia, Moldova and Russia
  • AUD 6.00: children under 6, spouses and children of Swiss and EU/EFTA nationals

Free of charge: taking up employment with an UN organization or CERN

Please note that the list above is not exhaustive. Therefore if you are unsure as to whether you have to submit payment, contact the Consulate General of Switzerland by e-mail. 

Processing time is approx. 8 – 12 weeks. The Consulate General of Switzerland cannot be held responsible for any delay or if the visa is refused. The entire application will be sent to the competent authorities in Switzerland for a decision.

Authorization received from Switzerland: 
Applications for work permit generally need to be lodged by your employer in Switzerland. The information about how to obtain the visa after receiving the authorization can be found hereafter:  Authorization received from Switzerland (pdf, 17 Kb)

Fees: The fee is subject to change and must be paid in cash (exact amount is required) or postal money order made out to the Consulate General of Switzerland:

  • AUD 87.00: adults
  • AUD 51.00: children between 6 and 12, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Moldova and Russia

Free of charge: children under 6, spouses and children of Swiss and EU/EFTA nationals, applicants invited by an UN organization or CERN, holders of diplomatic or official passports.


Schengen visa for Hungary

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney is also competent to issue Schengen visas if your main destination is Hungary.

To apply for a short term Schengen visa for Hungary please refer to the information provided under “visa procedure" . The requirements are the same. Documents that are in Hungarian need to be translated into a Swiss language (German, French or Italian) or English.

To apply for a long term residence permit for Hungary please contact the competent Hungarian Embassy in Singapore.


Rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the Schengen Area

In accordance with Schengen rules, citizens of non-Schengen countries may enter and remain within the Schengen area without a residence permit for up to "90 days per 180-day period." Please find further information as well as some examples of calculation on the following webpage: 

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise.html   Entry into the Schengen Area