Visas for applicants residing in Tanzania

Telephone inquiries

Please refer to this web-site for information and requirements about Schengen Visa and long-term National Visa D applications.

Telephone inquiries will be answered Monday to Friday between 11am and 12.30pm.

General Information on how to apply for a Visa at the Embassy of Switzerland

Please note that only complete visa applications will be accepted by the Embassy of Switzerland for processing.

If the visa application file is not complete as per the requirements or if the alloted time of the appointment is not respected, a new appointment will be necessary and this might delay your travel plans. 

General information for Visa applicants (PDF, Number of pages 2, 17.9 kB, English)

Online Schengen Visa Application for stays of up to 90 days

In order to start the online visa application process, please visit the web-site and fill out an online application form with your personal information as well as the information pertaining to your upcoming trip.

At the end of the process, please open the PDF format document and print, date and sign your application. Then press “send” in order for the application to become active.

The day of your appointment, please submit the printed application form along with your passport, 2 passport pictures, the equivalent of 60 EUR in TZS in cash  and the required supporting documents as per the list of requirements.

Family and group applications are also possible however each applicant has to have an individual appointment.

Online Appointments for Submission of a Schengen Visa Application

Visa applicants will be received by appointment only.

After filling out the application online, an automatic generated e-mail with a link will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.

Please click on the link and select an available appointment at your convenience.

Due to the high demand, it is strongly recommended to arrange the appointment on a timely manner at least 45 days prior to your departure. Once an application is submitted, the processing time can last between 4 days and 4 weeks depending on the application.

Please note that if the visa applications are not submitted on a timely manner, delay in travel plans may incur. 

New rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the Schengen Area

In accordance with current Schengen rules, citizens of non-Schengen countries, regardless of their visa obligation status, may enter and remain within the Schengen Area without a residence permit for up to "90 days per 180-day period starting from the date of first entry."

Starting on 18 October 2013, these rules will be changed so that stays within the Schengen Area without a residence permit will be possible for up to "90 days over any 180-day period."

This change means that the 180-day period (i.e. reference period) will no longer correspond to 180 days following the date of first entry, but rather to the 180 days prior to the control date (border control upon entry into or departure from the Schengen Area, or police check within the Schengen Area). In other words, the duration of stay must not exceed at any time 90 days per 180-day period.

These new rules will not affect most travellers. However, they could have an impact in some situations (e.g. frequent stays in the Schengen Area). Stays that are permitted under the current rules may no longer be possible under the new rules (see examples in the PDF file below).

Examples (PDF, Number of pages 2, 25.7 kB, English)
Federal Office for Migration

General Information for Visa applicants residing in Tanzania wanting to travel to Slovenia and Slovakia

As of January 1, 2011, and February 1, 2014, the Embassy of Switzerland in Tanzania represents the Republic of Slovenia and Slovakia respectively for the issuance, of short-term Schengen visas. Please note that the same general visa rules, requirements, application forms and instructions as for Switzerland will apply. Please submit supporting documents in English.

Please also note that the Embassy of Switzerland can’t accept any 'Letter of Guarantee' for Slovenian hosts and 'Proof of Sponsorship' for Slovakian hosts. The applicant must show sufficient financial means for the planned trip.

The Embassy of Switzerland is not authorized to issue Long term Visas for these countries. Applications for such visas will have to be processed by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Egypt and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia in Kenya respectively.

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia

21 Soliman Abaza St.
6th Floor, Mohandessin
Cairo, Egypt
Tel.: +202 3749 98 78
Fax: +202 3749 71 41

Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia

Milimani Road, opposite Heron Portico Hot
P.O.Box 30204
00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: +254 202721896 / +254 202721898
Fax: +254 202717291
Web: Nairobi

The visa rules and procedure remains the same as that for Switzerland.


National Visa D for long stay

Visas for Studies, Work, Family Reunion, Preparation of marriage in Switzerland procedure, others.

Long Term National visa D applications are not to be made online.

Visa applicants will be received by appointment only.

To make an appointment please call +255 22 266 60 08 /09  Mondays to Fridays from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Once an application is submitted, the processing time can last minimum 3 months based on each application.

For visa applications processes which have already been submitted by the future employer or university to the competent Cantonal migration authorities in Switzerland, please send an e-mail to for further instuctions.

Visa application form D (en, de) (PDF, 340.1 kB)
Visa application form D (en, fr) (PDF, 358.4 kB)
Information and Requirements on how to apply for a D Visa (PDF, Number of pages 2, 94.9 kB, English)