Who needs a visa and how to apply

Foreign nationals wishing to travel to Switzerland may require a visa, depending on the individual’s nationality. Please check here if you need a visa.

Visas for applicants residing in Jordan & Iraq

Introduction of online submission of Schengen Visa applications and online appointment booking system starting June 1 2016. Personal presence by the applicants on the day of the appointment is required.

Telephone inquiries

Please refer to this web-site for information and requirements about Schengen Visa and long-term National Visa D applications. Telephone inquiries will be answered Sunday to Thursday between 14:00pm and 15.30pm.

General Information on how to apply for a Visa at the Embassy of Switzerland

Please note that only complete visa applications will be accepted by the Embassy of Switzerland for processing.

If the visa application file is not complete as per the requirements or if the allotted time of the appointment is not respected, a new appointment will be necessary; this might delay your travel plans. 

General information for Visa applicants (PDF, 82.4 kB, English)

Urgent Visa Appointment (fast-track) Arabic Language (PDF, 136.6 kB, Arabic)

Urgent Visa Appointment (fast-track) English Language (PDF, 87.6 kB, English)

Visa procedure

There are two types of visa:

  • Short term Schengen visa (visa C) <90 days (A)
  • Long term national visa (visa D) >90 days (B) 

Please be aware:

The Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan does not cooperate with any agents or agencies providing their services outside this Embassy regarding visa applications.

Therefore, this Embassy does not undertake any responsibility regarding the service given by the presumed agents or agencies. Complaints have to be addressed directly to them or to the concerned Jordanian police authority.

A. Online Schengen Visa Application for stays of up to 90 days

In order to start the online visa application process, please visit the web-site and fill out an online application form with your personal information as well as the information pertaining to your upcoming trip.

Please notice: group appointments are not possible - please register each application individually and set individual appointments. Please be aware that the booking of appointment is free of charge. 

At the end of the process, please open the PDF format document and print, date and sign your application. Then press “send” in order for the application to become active.

At your appointment, please submit the printed application form along with your passport, 2 passport pictures, the equivalent of 60 EUR in JOD in cash and the required supporting documents as per the list of requirements. 

The visa desk does not allow walk-ins. Each individual applicant requires an appointment. This also applies to each member of a group application. No appointments can be scheduled by e-mail, at the counter or by phone.

We kindly ask you to schedule only one appointment per person. Please do not schedule several appointments for yourself. This leads to long waiting times for all visa applicants. Only in emergency situations will we be able to reschedule an existing appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment, please send an email to with the Subject: Visa Appointment Cancellation.

The Embassy strongly advises to read the requirements relating to the visa type you wish to apply for and prepare the requested application form and all the supporting documents in advance. Please note again that only complete applications will be processed. Should the application be incomplete, a new appointment will be needed in order to resubmit the application

Requirements and application form (Short term Schengen visa C)

Visa requirements in Arabic

Visa requirements in English

Accredited insurance companies (PDF, Number of pages 2, 44.5 kB, English)

Requirements for medical treatments (PDF, Page 1, 101.8 kB, English)

Visa requirements for Iraqis in Arabic

Visa requirements for Iraqis in English

Online Appointments for Submission of a Schengen Visa Application

Visa applicants will be received by appointment only.

After filling out the application online, an automatic generated e-mail with a link will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.

Please click on the link and select an available appointment at your convenience. Group appointments are not possible - please register each application individually and set individual appointments.  

Due to the high demand, it is strongly recommended to arrange the appointment on a timely manner at least 45 days prior to your departure. Once an application is submitted, the processing time can take at least 14 days till 4 weeks depending on the application.

Please note that if the visa applications are not submitted on a timely manner, delay in travel plans may incur. 

New rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the Schengen Area

In accordance with current Schengen rules, citizens of non-Schengen countries, regardless of their visa obligation status, may enter and remain within the Schengen Area without a residence permit for up to "90 days per 180-day period starting from the date of first entry."

Starting on 18 October 2013, these rules will be changed so that stays within the Schengen Area without a residence permit will be possible for up to "90 days over any 180-day period."

This change means that the 180-day period (i.e. reference period) will no longer correspond to 180 days following the date of first entry, but rather to the 180 days prior to the control date (border control upon entry into or departure from the Schengen Area, or police check within the Schengen Area). In other words, the duration of stay must not exceed at any time 90 days per 180-day period.

These new rules will not affect most travelers. However, they could have an impact in some situations (e.g. frequent stays in the Schengen Area). Stays that are permitted under the current rules may no longer be possible under the new rules (see examples in the PDF file below).

Examples (PDF, Number of pages 2, 53.4 kB)
Federal Office for Migration

B Long stay visas (stays more than 90 days, Type D visa application)

There are different types of long stay visas, e.g. family reunion, student, work, international organizations, general residence. Some long stay visas are preapproved by the Swiss authorities and can be collected using a simple process at our Embassy. Other long stay visa applications will need to be initiated at the Swiss Embassy in Amman.

You must schedule an appointment through

Feel free to contact us via email at with questions in regards to long stay visas.  

Information sheet - marriage in Jordan and family reunion in Switzerland for Jordanian nationals (PDF, Number of pages 2, 204.3 kB, English)

Information sheet - marriage in Switzerland and subsequent residency in Switzerland for Jordanian nationals (PDF, 217.6 kB, English)  

Admission of students

If you do not permanently reside in Jordan, Syria or Iraq, the Swiss Embassy in Amman is not responsible for issuing a visa. Exceptions can only be granted upon reasonable explanation as for why the visa was not applied for at the Swiss representation responsible for your domicile.

For other foreigners than citizens from Syria and Iraq living in Jordan: To find out if you need a visa to travel to Switzerland, please consult the provided link of the Federal Office for Migration on the bottom of the page. If you know that you need a visa to travel to Switzerland, please consult the information sheet “visa requirements”.

Application for a Long Stay Visa (Visa D) (PDF, Number of pages 3, 326.5 kB)
Admission of Students

International Organizations (UN, WHO, IMO etc.) 

Any internship or employment (less than 90 days as well as more than 90 days) at an international organization in Switzerland requires a visa. Please contact us via email for more detailed information on how to obtain the visa (

Payment options

Exact cash equivalent of 60 EUR in JOD accepted for persons. No personal checks or credit cards accepted.