Consulate General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg
The Consulate General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg is serving residents of the northwest region only (Republics of Karelia and Komi, Nenets autonomous district and regions of Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Murmansk, Novgorod, Pskov and the city of St. Petersburg).
Important Change Visa Applications
Please note that the visa section of the Consulate General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg has been closed. Therefore all visa issues will be handled at the Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / www.eda.admin.ch/moscow
Important changes in the visa application process as of March 31st, 2014, in the Russian Federation
Starting from March 31st, 2014, applications for Schengen visa (categories A & C) with main travel target Switzerland need to be submitted at the counters of an external service provider which will then forward the visa documents for further processing to the Embassy in Moscow. Passports with visa are to be collected at the same office where the documents were submitted earlier. The external service provider is called TLScontact. This service costs around EUR 22.00 per person - in addition to the visa fee that might be due (equivalent payable in RUR).
Visa Application Centers for Switzerland - with the exception of Moscow, all jointly used with other countries and have a "Switzerland Desk" - are at your disposal as from 31.03.2014 in the following cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, and Novosibirsk. Submission of application is possible from Monday to Friday (except holidays), from 09:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m., collection of passports from 11:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m.
In six other locations: Samara, Kasan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Krasnoyarsk, UFA, Vladivostok, other solutions are available as a drop-box and a courier-solution in cooperation with a local courier company. Courier fees (from the location to Moscow and back to the location) are to be paid by the applicants who choose this solution!
Applications for national visa for Switzerland (type D, stay of more than 90 days) need to be submitted even after this date at the counters of the visa section of the Embassy in Moscow.
General information about entering Switzerland and the general section of VBC instructions (Visa and Border control) can be found at the website of the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) - see link provided in the link box on the right side of this page.
On our website you find information how to obtain a visa at the Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow for people living in the Russian Federation and in the Republic of Belarus.
On February 01, 2011, the Visa Facilitation Agreement between Switzerland and the Russian Federation entered into force. It only concerns Schengen Visa and brings several changes (enumeration not conclusive):
- Holders of Russian diplomatic passports are entitled to visa-fee travel
- The visa fee amounts to EUR 35.00 (only applicable to citizens of countries Switzerland concluded a respective agreement: Russian Federation, Moldova, Serbia, as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina)
- Visas are issued free of charge to certain categories of applicants
- Certain categories of applicants are entitled of multy entry visas with a validity of up to 5 years
- Certain categories of applicants are entitled of multy entry visas with a validity between 2 and 5 years, provided certain criteria are met.
- In case of loss or theft of a travel document with a visa while in Switzerland, a valid identity document or other authorization issued by the Embassy or a Consulate of the Russian Federation in Switzerland entitles to depart without the need of a (new) visa. Condition: the new document must entitle the holder to cross the borders
For the full agreement-text see the website of the Federal Office of Migration (FOM) - link provided in the link box on the right side of this page.