Only persons who have a legal residence status in Canada can apply for a visa at Swiss representations in Canada. Holders of a Canadian residence permit are no longer exempt from the visa obligation for short stays in Switzerland. Persons not residing in Canada must apply in their country of residence.
In order to apply for a visa, your passport must have been issued within the last ten years and must have two empty pages. A passport older than ten years that has been extended for a period exceeding ten years from the time of issuance cannot be accepted. The validty of the passport or Blue Travel Document must exceed 3 months after the expiry date of the visa.
Nationals who do not require a visa to travel to the Schengen States (e.g. Canadians, Americans) and wish to travel to Switzerland as a tourist or visitor can stay in all Schengen areas, included Switzerland, for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-days period with no visa. The passport must be valid for 3 months after exiting the Schengen area. In order to avoid paying an overstay fine when leaving Europe, e.g. Swiss-Canadian dual citizens who intend to spend more than 90 days in the Schengen zone are strongly advised to present their Swiss passport at the border when entering and leaving the Schengen area. In any case, dual citizens who enter the Schengen zone to take up employment in Switzerland, even for less than 90 days, are required to identify themselves with their Swiss passport as with another passport they are not allowed to work in Switzerland without a proper working visa.
As a general rule, the applicant must appear in person to submit a visa request. Please consult the information below to find out which visa desk is responsible for your place of residence and whether you may apply by mail.
Tourism, Business, Visiting family or friends, Airport transit:
If you are applying for a Schengen visa (type C, for stays up to 90 days) you have to submit an online visa application and book your appointment online with the respective representation (Vancouver or Montreal; see paragraph “Where to apply?”). Please note that you will be required to bring your complete application with the supporting documents to the respective visa desk for your interview.
To start your online application and to book your appointment, please visit swiss-visa.
Each individual applicant requires an appointment. Prior to making your appointment, you are strongly advised to read the requirements relating to the visa type you wish to apply for.
Work, Student and Family reunion:
Visa applications for stays longer than 90 days do not require fingerprinting and, therefore, may be submitted by mail. Please note that you might still be invited for an interview. Please read the requirements: