Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan announces the implementation of online submission of applications and appointment booking system beginning on 24.08.2015

Online appointment system for Schengen visas C and national visas D begins at the Embassy of Switzerland in Azerbaijan on 24.08.2015. From this date forward it is mandatory to fix an appointment for a visa application via this web site: swiss-visa. Interview appointments are accepted only via this web site. Arranging an appointment is free of charge.

It is also possible to register your application (for Schengen visa C only) online via the same website: swiss-visa

Please note that you still must visit the Embassy in person for the visa interview, during which you will:

  • show the printed reservation confirmation
  • submit the application form (printed and signed)
  • submit the supporting documents (see list on our website under “Visa information sheets”)
  • pay the visa-fee (online while registering application or cash while submitting documents)
  • register your finger prints

The processing time of the application is 10 working days after the complete file with all requested documents and information has been submitted. But the documents must be submitted at least 15 days in advance. Passports will be handed out from Monday to Thursday between 14.00 and 16.00 h.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to set a timely appointment.

Be on time for your appointment! Late arrivals will have to rebook an appointment online.

VIS/Biometrical data

As of 23 June 2015 all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Azerbaijan have to register the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa (fingerprints and facial image).

An information leaflet of the European Union relating to the introduction of the VIS and the capture of biometric data can be found on Schengen, Borders & Visas.

General Requirements (diplomatic, service and ordinary)

If you are holder of a Turkmen passport or of an ordinary Azerbaijan passport you need an Entry Visa for Switzerland. You find the information on how to apply and what requirements are necessary in the information sheets on this site, as well as the visa application form.

If you are holder of Azerbaijan diplomatic or biometrical service passport you are exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to Switzerland for a short stay of not more than 90 days within a 180-day period.

The visa waiver for Azerbaijani service passports applies only to holders of biometric passports.

If you are holder of another passport please refer to the website of the Federal Office for Migration to find out whether you need a visa or not.

General entry and visa conditions for citizens and residents of Turkmenistan into Switzerland

ATTENTION: Starting from 01.07.2017, Schengen visa applications from people resident in Turkmenistan must be handed in personally to the Embassy of Switzerland in Baku or as an alternative to our representation in Istanbul. Long term national visa applications (over 3 months of stay) will be accepted only at the Embassy of Switzerland in Baku.

In Baku, an appointment must be taken in advance using following website:  It is also possible to fill in and register the visa application online via the same website. The regulations under chapter “Visas” applies. Note that the visa application shall be accepted only as a completed file with all necessary documentation. The application form has to be filled in English or in one of the Swiss national languages (German, French or Italian). For the requirements for each type of visa (short term, long term, tourist, business, etc.) please scroll down to chapter “Visa Information Sheets”.

For Short term visas (max. 90 days of stay) it is possible, as an alternative, to apply in Istanbul by appointment (only):

  • Ordinary passport holders must take an appointment with TLS Center via website or call center Tel. +90 (0)212 370 31 00 (opening hours:  Mon.- Fri.  08h30 – 12h30 and 13h30 – 16h30).

  • Diplomatic and service passport holders can apply directly at the visa section of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Istanbul (Tel.  +90 212 283 12 93; opening hours: Mon.–Thu.  15h00–16h30)

More information please find on the website of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Istanbul.

Please note that if no appointment has been made in advance, neither the Swiss representation nor TLScontact will accept the application.

Please find Russian version here (PDF, 139.7 kB)  


Visa Requirements

The visa application and documents must be submitted personally by the applicant from Monday to Thursday, 09.00 to 12.00 by appointment. Note that the visa application shall be accepted only as a completed file with all necessary documentation. All the documents must be provided at least 15 days prior to the planned trip. Processing time after receiving the complete application is at least 10 working days.

Questions on visa issues are answered by telephone only from Monday to Thursday afternoon (from 13:45 to 17:30) and on Friday from 09:00 to 13.00 and from 13.45 to 16:00. 

Types of Visa

Schengen Visa (C-Visa):

Schengen visa are issued to people intendig to travel to Switzerland or to the other Schengen states for a duration of maximum 90 days per semester for the purpose of tourism, visit of relatives, business affairs, cultural events, medical treatments, trainings or courses, etc..

National Visa (D-Visa):

The national visa are Non-Schengen visa and are issued to people wishing to take residence in Switzerland for longer term. Those applications have to be handed in at the Embassy of Switzerland, however the decision will be taken by the responsible Migration Office in Switzerland of the Canton you are wishing to stay. Please note that the procedure takes up to 8-10 weeks.

Please refer to the download section on your right for the required documents to hand in for the most common cases.

If your case is not mentioned in one of our information sheets, please get in touch with this Embassy in order to know which documents are required.

Your attention is drawn to the following

Your attention is drawn to the following

  • The Embassy does not cooperate with external agencies and service provider.
  • The Embassy reserves the right to ask for additional documents after the first examination of the application depending on the particular case.
  • The visa application and documents have to be submitted personally by the applicant (opening hours of the visa section: Monday-Thursday, 09.00 to 11.30 a.m.). Groups of 10 or more persons are required to set an appointment. Note that the visa application shall be accepted only as a completed file with all necessary documentation. Please allow at least 15 calendar days after receiving complete application.
  • The application form and all information sheets of the Embassy of Switzerland in Baku are free of charge.

Photo Specifications

For the photo specification see the link