Since 02.11.2016, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Pakistan have to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data is kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.
If your finger scans have not been collected yet, personal appearances when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory.
If your finger scans were collected within the last 59 months, you won’t have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary. However, you have to provide a copy of your visa sticker issued after 02.11.2015. 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.
You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints in case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality.
Personal appearances and fingerprint scan is not necessary for children under the age of 12.
The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking his application.
How and where to apply for a visa?
Visas can only be applied for at the Embassy of Switzerland in Islamabad if you are a legal resident of Afghanistan or Pakistan. Pakistani/Afghani nationals who have their residency in another country than Pakistan or Afghanistan must apply at the Swiss Representation responsible for that country.
You can apply for a visa through our External Service Provider (ESP) VFS/Gerry’s, in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
Here is the contact information for VFS/Gerry’s - WEB: https://www.vfsglobal.ch/switzerland/pakistan/ - TELEPHONE: +92 51 848 58 36.
No appointment is necessary to apply through Gerry’s. There will be a charge for their services. Please enquire with the ESP for opening hours and fees.
You can also apply in person by appointment only at the Embassy of Switzerland in Islamabad. Appointments are limited, so it is suggested you deposit your application at Gerry’s / VFS.
To book an appointment, please visit the web site: https://www.vfsglobal.ch/switzerland/pakistan or call the following number: +92 51 848 58 36.
Please note that NO Visa information is given by phone.
Other important information
The call center and telephone information service of Gerry’s /VFS can be reached Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm under the following number: +92 51 848 58 36.
Applicants applying for a long term visa (more than 3 months) must book an appointment directly with the consular section of the Embassy. Please use the enquiry form and state your visa type (family reunion, study, short-term work) in the description.
Visa applications should be submitted at least 15 days and at most 90 days prior entry into the Schengen area.
It is your sole and entire responsibility to apply sufficiently early to obtain your visa on time. It is recommended to apply at least one month in advance. Any application handed in less than two weeks prior to the intended date of departure may not be reviewed in time for travel.
Passports which were issued more than 10 years before the application date or are valid less than 3 months after the intended departure from the Schengen Area are not accepted for submission. Manually extended passports are also not accepted.
Children under the age of 18 years who are travelling alone need to bring an officially notarized/certified parental consent, signed by both parents. If the minor travels with one parent only, an officially notarized/certified consent by the other parent must be included. If one parent has sole custody of the minor, the court judgments (NADRA) confirming the fact must be presented.
If the visa application is submitted through Gerry’s, all queries regarding passports will only be entertained by the Gerry’s office where the application was submitted.
Family members of EU citizens are granted special privileges under the Agreement of 21 June 1999 between the Swiss Confederation and the European Community and its Member States on the free movement of persons (AFMP). For more information, please contact the embassy.