Visas

As of 09.03.2017 

Residents of Papa New Guinea wishing to travel to Switzerland, being their main destination in the Schengen Area, can now apply for their visa at the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore

If the information you require can not be found on this website please send your enquiry to syd.visa@eda.admin.ch. Please note that enquiries will not be answered by phone.

There are two types of visa:

  • Short term Schengen visa (visa C)

  • Long term visa (visa D)

Short term Schengen visa (visa C)

Who needs a Schengen visa?

Please klick on the list of countries to find out if you need to apply for a Schengen visa.

Citizens of Australia, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu can enter the Schengen area as tourists, visitors or for business purpose without needing a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days within a 6 months period.

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.

Schengen visa C

Short term Schengen visas (also called visa C) allow the holder to move freely within the entire Schengen area, provided that the person does not engage in a gainful activity. The following countries are part of the Schengen area: 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.

Visa procedure

The application for a Schengen visa must be lodged at the competent Embassy/Consulate of the Schengen country where most time of your trip is spent. The application must be submitted in person at the competent representation of your place of residence. If your biometric data have been previously registered by any Schengen Visa office (VIS, see website) within the last 59 months, you may submit your complete visa application by post (including a prepaid and self-addressed return envelope). However, in case we are unable to copy your biometric data from your previous visa, we will ask you to make an appointment for the registration of the biometric data in person at our counter in Sydney.

All applicants for a Schengen Visa C must have lodged an online application prior to their appointment at our counter and bring along a print-out of this online application. Online applications have to be made on www.swiss-visa.ch
 
Residents of Australia, Kiribati, Nauru and Solomon Islands: Applications for Schengen visa must be lodged in person at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney in ordert o register your biometric data. Applications cannot be lodged at the Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra or the Consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth.

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 a valid passport.

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.

Please find the requirements, fee and application form below. To benefit from a faster application process, please use the online application form.

Intorduction of the VIS (Biometric Data Entry Storage)

On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). VIS is used to store biometric data (10 fingerprints and facial image) of the visa applicants. Since 15.05.2014 the Consulate General of Switzerland needs to capture the biometric data of all persons applying for a Schengen visa. Additional information relating to VIS and the capture of biometric data can be found on the wepage of the European Union

Long Term visa (visa D)

Long term visas (also called visa D) are generally linked to a specific purpose (e.g. study, work, family reunion) and entitle the holder to remain in Switzerland for an extended period of time.

For residents of Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu: Applications can be lodged at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney by post or in person during opening hours (Mo-Fr 9.00am to 12.00noon).
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 the valid passport.

Appointments can be made online on www.swiss-visa.ch

Please find the requirements and application form below:

Please note that the list above is not exhaustive. If you are uncertain that you need to pay a fee, contact the Consulate General of Switzerland by e-mail. 

Applications for students or family members will be registered and then sent to competent cantonal Migration office in Switzerland. The decision is taken in Switzerland. 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. 

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 (> 90 days), please contact the relevant Hungarian Embassy in Canberra.

Embassy of Hungary in Canberra
Tel. +61-2-6282-3226,  +61-2-6282-2555
Email: consulate.cbr@mfa.gov.hu

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: 

Calculation of short stay

Additional Information for Australian citizens

As a citizen of Australia, you may visit Switzerland or any other country of the Schengen area, without requiring a visa. As a general rule, you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum period of 90 days within 180 days.

Australia may have concluded a bilateral agreement with one or more Schengen countries, allowing you to stay longer than 90 days within 180 days in those countries. Please be aware however that Switzerland has not concluded such an agreement with Australia. Any such agreement is of a strictly bilateral character, and does not alter the 90-days-within-180-days rule for Switzerland.

Thus, when you travel to Switzerland, you should make sure that you have not yet exhausted the 90 days within 180 days period of legal stay in the Schengen area since your first entry into the Schengen area, regardless of any bilateral agreement. This applies also to Schengen departures via Swiss airports. If you exceed the 90 days stay, you risk to be fined or even be banned from entering the Schengen area.

If the information you require can not be found on this website please send your enquiry to syd.visa@eda.admin.ch. Please note that enquiries will not be answered by phone.