Visa application procedure

Online visa application and appointment system

Important change: Starting August 03, 2015, all applicants for a Schengen visa (type C, for stays of up to 90 days) can submit an online visa application and book their appointment online with the Swiss Consular Agency in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Please note that you will be required to bring your complete signed application with the supporting documents to the visa desk for your interview.

To start your online application and to book your appointment, please visit www.swiss-visa.ch

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

Prior to making your appointment, you are strongly advised to read the requirements relating to the visa type you wish to apply for. Please consult the general visa information.

Should you need further assistance with your visa application you can email us at dushanbe@eda.admin.ch or you may call us Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 12:00 at +992 224 73 16  

If your question is not answered, please contact either the Swiss Consular Agency dushanbe@eda.admin.ch or send an email.

Step 1: Visa procedure* at the Swiss Consular Agency in Dushanbe (SCA)

  • Prior to submitting a visa application at the SCA, the applicant needs to fix an appointment by telephone, #224 73 16; 224 38 97, from Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The earliest that a visa application can be submitted is 3 months before the planned journey. The appointment will be fixed within 3 days after requesting an appointment. The applicant is responsible to start the visa procedure in due time as it takes about 3 weeks.

  • Appointments will be fixed between Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. and 12 noon.

  • On the day and time of the appointment, the applicant submits a complete visa application, duly dated and signed, including a valid passport** and other supporting documents.

  • At the SCA, the submitted visa application is controlled for completeness and authenticity of documents.

  • If the visa application is accepted by the SCA, the applicant is requested to pay the relevant visa fee and shipping fees in cash only.

  • The officer at the SCA proceeds with the digital finger prints and digital photo.

  • The applicants is resposible to send/receive the appliction to/from the Embassy of Switzerland in Astana.

*The SCA in Dushanbe has only a supporting function and has no right to decide about issuing a visa. The Embassy of Switzerland in Astana, Kazakhstan, competent for all Tajik visa matters to Switzerland, reserves the right to ask a visa applicant to appear in person in Astana if need be.

**Exception
Holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer (UNLP) do not need to apply for a Schengen visa to enter Switzerland. All they have to do is to present a valid UNLP at the official border-crossing points of Switzerland. However, all travelers holding an UNLP are requested to check before their trip to Switzerland whether they have to travel through other countries before arriving in Switzerland. In such a case, the holder of the UNLP might need a visa for the countries other than Switzerland.

Step 2: Visa procedure at the Embassy of Switzerland in Astana, Kazakhstan

  • Upon receipt, the Head of visa section checks thoroughly all visa applications coming from the SCA and makes the final decision regarding the issuance of the visa.
  • If a visa is granted, the visa sticker is printed and glued into the relevant passport.

  • The passport with or without the visa is returned to applicant.

 

Step 3: Return of the passport to the visa applicant at the SCA

  • The visa applicant is invited by to pick up the passport at the SCA.

The Visa Information System (VIS)

The Visa Information System (VIS) has been implemented on October 11, 2011. It allows the Schengen Member States* to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, ease checks at external borders and to enhance security for travelers.

In Tajikistan, the Schengen Member States have been connected to the VIS on November 11, 2013.

Starting from  November 14th, 2013, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan have 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: leaflet

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 and a visa with the mention "VIS" has been granted, then you won’t

have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary. Please provide copy of your

visa sticker issued after  November 13th, 2013 with the “VIS” mention.

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.