Competent representation for the issue of visa: Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow
People residing permanently in the Russian Federation apply for their visas at one of the Visa Application Centers of our Outsourcing-partners TLScontact.
To get an appointment at the VAC of our Outsourcing-Partners or for national “D”-visa directly at the visa section of the Swiss Embassy or detailed information please call:
- Telephone: +7 495 9958512
- Available Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 18:00
The services of the call center are available from Monday to Friday from 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. (Moscow time). Calls only cost the normal phone charges. Appointments can also be requested on the website of TLScontact (new external service provider, operating the Visa Application Centers from March 31st, 2014).
Call Center of the company TLScontact
Visa section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow
Applicants for national visa for Switzerland (Type D, stay of more than 90 days) must submit their documents - with prior appointment - at the visa section of the Embassy. Appointments can be booked through the call centers or directly with the visa section; either by applying in person at the counters, Monday - Friday, 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (submission of documents at the same time not possible!) or by sending a fax to +7 495 225 88 36, indicating surname, first name, number of application(s) and phone number and e-mail address for confirming an appointment. Such appointments are subject to availability. Depending on the demand, a waiting period may result.
For applicants who prefer not to submit their documents at a Visa Application Center, but at the visa section of the Embassy in Moscow, a limited number of "slots" are available daily. However, priority is given to applicants who would like to submit an application for a national visa. Requests for appointments are to be made the same way as for national visa (see paragraph above).
Processing of Schengen visa applications (types A & C) at the Embassy will normally take a minimum of three working days. In addition, the time for transport from the Visa Application Centers to the Embassy and back to the centers is to be taken into account. Depending on the distance from Moscow (e.g. from Vladivostok) transport takes a few days. On the website of TLScontact the average time for transport from the different Visa Application Centers to Moscow is mentioned. Missing documents, the need for a personal interview or internal consultations delay the visa process. Applications should therefore be submitted early enough (maximal three month prior the entry date to Switzerland, but at least 2 weeks prior to departure date).
Passports of applicants who submitted their documents at the visa section of the Embassy will be returned earliest on the 3rd working day after submission (not counting day of deposit) and after timely payment of the visa fee from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. (Monday - Friday, except public holidays).
People intending to visit Switzerland on an invitation from an International Organization (please see the list following the link below) may submit their documents without prior appointment any working day from 09:00 to 11:45 a.m. (Monday - Friday, except public holidays) at the visa section of the Embassy.