Visa for people living in Egypt
Visa checklists - travelling to Switzerland
The following countries are members of the Schengen Agreement: 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.
A “Schengen visa” is required to visit one or more of these Member States. This visa is valid in all Schengen states for a stay of up to 90 days within a six-month period for a visit, tourism or business, but not for employment or family reunification purposes.
Egyptian citizens are required to apply for a visa to enter the Schengen area.
Starting May 4th, 2014, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states have to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data collected will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.
If your finger scans have not been collected yet, personal appearances when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory.
If your finger scans were collected within the last 59 months, then you won’t have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary. However, you have to indicate on the application form when you last had your fingerprints taken and you have to provide a copy of your last issued visa sticker. If you are not sure or do not remember whether your fingerprints have been captured for a Schengen visa within the last 59 months, you have to appear in person.
You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints in case the previous collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality.
Personal appearances and fingerprint scan is not necessary for children under the age of 12.
The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking his application.
You must submit your visa application early (at least 7-8 weeks before your intended travel date). Visa applications can be submitted 3 months prior to the date of entry in Switzerland – no exceptions are allowed!
Due to the mandatory Schengen consultation of visa requests from Egyptian citizens and several other countries, the passports can be collected only after 11 working days from the date on which the visa application has been submitted and accepted by the visa officer. Notification of refusal will be handed out to the applicant or to an authorized person.
The Embassy recommends that when you travel you carry with you copies of the documents (e.g. letters of invitation, bookings, and insurance policy) which you enclosed with your visa application. This will ease the border control procedure and avoid delays.
How to apply for a short stay Schengen visa (visa C)
Applicants are required to appear personally to lodge their visa applications. Before doing so, an appointment with TLScontact needs to be arranged. Please read the "checklist" at the top of this page for information on general conditions and specific requirements.
Make an appointment in time. In some periods during the year, there can be a waiting period of three to four weeks before an appointment can be made.
Kindly make sure that the application form is fully filled out and signed and that the required documents mentioned in the “checklist” are duly enclosed. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Be aware that your entry may still be refused at the Swiss border if you do not meet all the other admission requirements. A visa is just ONE of the requirements for admission into Switzerland.
The visa application form may be downloaded from this website or obtained for free from the Embassy.
Indicate your contact information (e.g. landline and mobile numbers, email address) in your visa application form. Doing so will make it easier for the Embassy to get in touch with you about the status of your application. Check your email regularly after filing your application since updates about your application are sometimes sent via email.
Please note that the passports, with or without visa, are to be collected at the same office where the documents were submitted earlier – at TLScontact or at the visa section of the Swiss Embassy.
How to fix an appointment to submit a visa application
Before submitting their application, visa applicants are required to make an appointment either with TLScontact or with the visa section of the Swiss Embassy according to the following guidelines:
Appointments with the external service provider TLScontact
Starting October 2nd 2013, applications for Swiss Schengen visa must be submitted at the counters of the external service provider TLScontact, which will then forward the visa documents to the Embassy in Cairo for further processing. The Visa Application Center at TLScontact is jointly used by other countries. It has a «Switzerland Desk».
To book an appointment, please contact TLScontact online through their website.
Therefor for the following short stay visa the applicants have to fix an appointment with TLScontact:
- Appointments for short stay Schengen Visa, type A & C
(max. 90 days, inside the Schengen area)
- Appointments for applicants who have a NORMAL passport intending to visit Switzerland on an invitation from an International Organization/Mission/Embassy (International organizations in Switzerland)
Visa applications with NO appointment
- Holders of special/service/diplomatic passports of Ministries and other Embassies with official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Foreign Embassy accredited to the Egyptian State can come to the Embassy without appointment,
Sunday to Wednesday, from 10:30 am to 10:45 am.
- Applicants for short stay visa type C - spouse of CH, EU, EEA/registered partners /children of spouse up to 21 (Schengen privileges),
Sunday to Wednesday, at 8:00 am.
- Applicants for long stay visa, type D (stay of more than 90 days) can come to the Embassy without appointment, Sunday to Wednesday, at 8:00 am.
If necessary, the applicant has the option of making an appointment directly and free of charge at the Visa Section of the Embassy. For that, the applicant must send a written request to the Embassy with reasonable explanations ( firstname.lastname@example.org). In this case, no early appointments can be given.
Types of Visa
Once a visa application is approved, the following may be issued:
1) Uniform Visa
It is a valid visa for the entire territory of the Schengen states, with the purpose of transit or intended stay. A uniform visa may be issued for one, two or multiple entries.
Multiple-entry visas may be issued with a period of validity between six months and five years, where the following conditions are met:
(a) The applicant proves the need or justifies the intention to travel frequently and/or regularly, in particular due to his occupational or family status, such as business persons, civil servants engaged in regular official contacts with Member States, and EU institutions, representatives of civil society organizations travelling for the purpose of educational training, seminars and conferences, family members of citizens of the Union, family members of third-country nationals legally residing in Member States and seafarers; and
(b) The applicant proves his integrity and reliability, in particular the lawful use of previous uniform visas or visas with limited territorial validity, his economic situation in the country of origin and his genuine intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for.
2) Airport Transit Visa
An airport transit visa shall be valid for transiting through the international transit areas of the airports situated on the territory of Member States. Egyptian travelers transiting through MS airports are exempted from this requirement.
3) Limited territorial validity
Please refer to the national directives of the competent Embassy.