Visas

Important change

 

Introduction of online submission of applications and online-appointment booking system starting on 03.08.2015

Please visit www.swiss-visa.ch

 

Starting on 03.08.2015 it will be possible to register your application for a Schengen visa C (stay of less than 90 days) online with the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia The website also gives you the opportunity to book an appointment for your visit at our counter in Tbilisi. Please note that you will still need to come to this Embassy in person in order to go through the visa-interview, lodge the printed application form and the supporting documents, pay the visa-fee and register your biometric data (finger prints).

 

We encourage all applicants to make use of the online-application. However, from 03.08.2015, it will not be possible to apply without appointment and this can be done only via the website mentioned above.

 

Please note that the processing time of the application is 10 working days (once the file is complete and all requested documents and/or information have been submitted). It is the applicant’s responsibility to lodge an appointment in due time.

 

Introduction of the VIS

On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprins and the facial image) of the visa applicants. The diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states will be gradually connected to the system region by region.

 

 

Along with the connection to the VIS on 23 June 2015 all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Georgia have to capture the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa.

Information leaflet (ENG) (PDF, Number of pages 2, 1.3 MB) Information leaflet (GEO) (PDF, Number of pages 2, 1.9 MB)

 

General Visa Information

The Embassy of Switzerland in Tbilisi issues entry visa for Switzerland and Austria to persons with residence in Georgia.

For Austrian Schengen visas, the host in Austria has to provide the “Elektronische Verpflichtungserklärung EVE” (see more details under Visitor Visa point 12).

If the stay in Austria will exceed 3 month and/or be for employment, study, marriage or family reunion, the applicant must be lodged directly with the Embassy of Austria in Baku (Landmark III, 7. Stock, Nizami Str. 90A, AZ-1010 Baku, Azerbaijan, Tel. (+994 12) 465 99 33, Fax: (+994 12) 465 99 94, E-Mail: baku-ob@bmeia.gv.at
 

Please make sure to submit a duly completed and signed application form accompanied by all the required documents. Please note that there are different types of visa to which different requirements apply.

Please, pay attention to our public holidays!
List of public holidays in Georgia 

Information concerning all types of visa

  • Personal appearance at the Embassy by the applicant is required for all applicants.
  • Holders of a "Residence Permit" or a special "Residence Document" from certain countries are exempted from the visa requirement. Please contact the Embassy for further details.
  • Please be reminded that working is strictly prohibited while visiting Switzerland, unless the corresponding (work) visa has been issued.
  • Each application is checked individually and no guarantee is given that a visa will be issued. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for costs occured when a visa is refused.
  • Applications should be handed in at least two weeks and not more than 3 month prior the departing date.
  • Processing time of the application is 10 working days (once the file is complete and all requested documents and/or information have been submitted). Applications that cannot be dealt with in the competence of the Embassy and need to be forwarded to Switzerland: see next paragraph
  • Please note that in certain cases and for certain types of visa the application has to be submitted to the authorities in Switzerland. In such cases, it may take several weeks until a decision is available.
  • The Embassy of Switzerland reserves the right to ask for further information/documents, to hand out a "Declaration of taking over of costs" or to submit the visa application to the competent authorities in Switzerland or Austria for decision.
  • If an applicant’s request has to be sent to the responsible immigration authorities in Switzerland, the Embassy will charge the postage fee.
  • The Embassy does not inform the applicant if the authorisation has arrived. Therefore the applicant is requested to contact the Embassy during the hours for telephone inquiries.
  • Documents or confirmations have to be issued in English or in one of the official Swiss languages (German, French or Italian) or translated into one of the languages mentioned (For certain documents or in certain cases, "Apostille" is required).
  • All foreigners (non-Georgian citizens) living in Georgia have to prove that they have permanent residence in Georgia.
  • For children under 18 traveling with only one of the parents or without, a notarized consent of the parent(s) with the notarized translation (in English or one of the official Swiss languages) should be submitted. As well as a translated birth certificate of the child (Apostille may be required in certain cases).
  • Visa application form can only be filled-in only in German, French or English.
  • Visa application files sent by post will not be accepted.

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