Personal appearance for fingerprint scan

Since 14.11.2013 the Embassy of Switzerland, Singapore needs to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.

For further information click on the link:

Visa Information System (VIS) 

  • If your fingerprints have not been collected yet, personal appearance when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory.
  • If your finger scans were collected within the last 59 months (pls provide copy of the visa sticker), you won’t have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary.
  • 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 appearance 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.

However, appointment is still required for submission of application.

Online submission of applications and online appointment booking system

All applicants need an appointment in order to submit their Schengen visa C (stay of less than 90 days) application with the Embassy of Switzerland. You may register the application and book your appointment online for your visit at our counter in Singapore.

Prior to making an appointment, you are strongly advised to read the information further below relating to the visa type you wish to apply for. For online application and appointment, please visit

Applicants should not book more than one appointment. If applicants needs to postpone or cancel the appointment, the request has to be sent via email, providing the name and date of the appointment already booked for.

Should you need further assistance with your visa application or group appointment, you can email us at or you may call us Monday through Friday between 2:30pm and 3:30pm only at 6468 5788 and press 1 for the visa section.

The visa desk does not attend to walk-ins. Each individual applicant requires an appointment.

Visa Fees

The fee for the visa is due at the time the application is submitted and is not refundable. If you withdraw the application or it is rejected the fee will not be returned. 

Adults (12+years)    SGD 97.-
Children (6-12years)    SGD  57.-
Children (0-6years)    free of charge
Cash Only & NO express visa will be issued

Visa Processing Time

The decision of granting or refusing a visa request is usually taken within 5 - 15 working days but might take longer for certain nationals or specific reasons. There are no express visas available. It is recommended to apply about 3 to 4 weeks before your planned departure.

Visa Information

There are two types of visa:

  • Schengen Visa C  – stay of up to 90 days

  • National Visa D – stay of more than 90 days

Schengen Visa C - stays of up to 90 days

Short term Schengen visas allow the holder to move freely within the entire Schengen area, provided that the person does not engage in a gainful activity. The following countries are part of the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Please be aware that the application has to be made at the Schengen representation of the country of your main destination. Tourists who spend equal time in several Schengen states are required to apply for the visa at the representation of the country where they enter the Schengen area.

Visa applicants whose main destination is Switzerland have to apply at the Embassy with all required documents (see below for visa requirements). 

To ascertain whether you need a visa please click on the link below (“List of states”) to see the overview of countries. 

List of states

Please find the requirements and application form below:

National Visa D - stays of more than 90 days

Long term visas are generally linked to a specific purpose (e.g. study, work, family reunion) and entitle the holder to remain in Switzerland for an extended period of time.
Appointment can be made online at; there is no possibility to submit the application online for visa D.

Please find the requirements and application form below:

Applications for students or family members will be registered and then sent to the competent cantonal Migration office in Switzerland. The decision is taken in Switzerland. Processing time is approx. 8 – 12 weeks. The Embassy of Switzerland cannot be held responsible for any delay or if the visa is refused. 

Authorization received from Switzerland

Applicants who have received the authorization may email it to and request for an appointment.

Visa-free entry

Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia

Holders of a national passport of Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia are entitled to a visa-free entry to Schengen countries for stays of up to 90 days, provided that no employment is being pursued. However, holders of a Certificate of Identity on the other hand do require a visa for Switzerland.

Holders of a valid national passport (of a country requiring a visa to enter Schengen) in conjunction with a valid Swiss permanent residence card are permitted to enter the whole Schengen area without a visa.

Visa refusals

In case of a visa refusal the applicant will be informally notified of the decision. The person concerned may appeal against the decision to refuse/annul/revoke a visa as provided for in national law.

Additional information