Where to apply for a national visa?
All applications concerning national visas type D (stay of more than 90 days) or visas type C requiring an authorization (for example: gainful activity of more than 8 days per civil year) remain in the only competence of the Swiss Embassy and MUST be submitted at the visa section of the Embassy (vul. Kozyatynska 12, 01015 Kyiv).
Without any appointment made in advance, the application will neither be accepted by TLScontact, nor by the Swiss Embassy. The visa application can be lodged 3 months before the planned departure at the earliest. The maximum validity for a Schengen visa may not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period.
Warning: fraud risk in the vicinity of the visa application center TLS and the embassy
Visa Applicants may be addressed in the surrounding areas of the visa application center TLS embassy by questionable individuals (often young men between 25 and 40) who offer various "services" for excessive fees such as sale of travel medical insurances, translations, money exchange, organization of taxis or accommodations. Some of these individuals won’t hesitate to pretend to be employees of the Embassy.
Beware: these individuals are in no way working for the embassy or TLS. They do not act on behalf of or in accordance with the embassy or TLS. The embassy advises to the visitors the following:
- Avoid contact with people who offer “services” outside the premises of the embassy or outside the application center TLS.
- Reject any offers for services.
- Prepare your visa application according to the information on the website of the embassy before you visit the application center of TLS or the embassy.
- Refuse to pay any money to someone offering to help you access the counters of the embassy or of the application of TLS; apart from the booking fee for the appointment through the outsourcing company TLS, the access to the counter of the embassy is any case free of charge.