Application for Schengen visa and procedure
Please do not send any documents regarding visa applications to the Embassy or a Consulate General. Documents by fax, email or post will automatically be deleted or destroyed. All visa applications need to be submitted through VFS Global (exemptions: Diplomatic-, Service- and Public Affairs Passport holders, family members of Swiss or EU/EAA citizens – please refer to the rubric “General Information” below).
Applicants may still submit the visa applications at the visa section of the Swiss representation in person. However, the Embassy or a Consulate General allows only for a very limited number of individual applicants per day to deposit their visa applications directly at the visa section. In order to schedule an appointment to submit your visa application at the Embassy or a Consulate General, you must contact VFS Global. Please note that walk-in deposits are not accepted. Furthermore, please note that the processing time may be longer when submitting the visa application at the Embassy or a Consulate General.
As a general rule, a decision is taken by the Consulate within 15 days. This period may, in individual cases, be extended.
Some Schengen States require that they be consulted on visa applications submitted to other Schengen States by citizens of certain countries. The consultation process may take up to seven calendar days. Such consultation is currently required for nationals of the countries listed here:
It is therefore recommended to submit the visa application early, at the earliest 6 months before the planned journey.
The reasons for refusal are notified to the applicant using a standard form.
You have the right to appeal within 30 days of receipt of the refusal. For information on appeal procedures, please refer to the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration.
Biometric data (fingerprints and digital photo) are generally collected every 59 months from the age of 12 years from the first photograph.
If you are a family member of a Swiss, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, you are entitled to submit your application directly at the responsible Embassy or Consulate of Switzerland.
An appointment is mandatory and must be booked in advance.
If you wish to complain about the behavior of the consular staff and, if applicable, about the external service provider or about the process, please contact the competent representation in writing.