Starting from 14.03.2013 all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Ivory Coast have to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.
If no scan of your fingerprints has been captured yet, personal appearance when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory.
If you have been issued a Schengen visa that included biometric data capture (fingerprints and facial image) you are not required to recapture your biometric data and personal appearance is not necessary. However, all of the following requirements have to be met in order to be exempt of the biometric data capture:
- You have a copy of your previous Schengen visa
- Your biometric data was captured within the last 59 months.
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.
Personal appearances and fingerprint scan is not mandatory for children under the age of 12.
You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints in case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality.
The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking his application.