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Embassy of Switzerland
10, Abdel Khalek Sarwat Street
Cairo - Egypt 


Visa Information System (VIS)

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Visa for people living in Egypt

Visa checklists - travelling to Switzerland
General Information
How to apply for a short stay Schengen visa (visa C)
How to fix an appointment to submit a visa application
Appointments with the external service provider TLScontact
Visa applications with NO appointment
Visa Fees
Types of Visa
Visa checklists - travelling to Switzerland
General Information

The following countries are members of the Schengen Agreement: 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.

A “Schengen visa” is required to visit one or more of these Member States. This visa is valid in all Schengen states for a stay of up to 90 days within a six-month period for a visit, tourism or business, but not for employment or family reunification purposes. 

Egyptian citizens are required to apply for a visa to enter the Schengen area. 

Implementation of collection of biometric data’s – From October 11th, 2011, the visa section of the Swiss Embassy has to collect biometric data from all visa applicants older than 12 years. The collection of biometric data gives a better protection from misuse of personal data by other persons. Our section will take fingerprints and scan the photo of the applicants, which will be saved in the central database in Strasbourg. All Schengen member states have access to the new information system. The implementation of collection of biometric data will not change the visa application process. However, as there is additional work process involved in taking fingerprints, it could lead to slight delays. The visa request has to be loged at TLScontact but personal presence at the Embassy is necessary in order to take biometric data (fingerprints). If biometric data cannot be taken because the applicant is not present than a new appointment must be scheduled. No exceptions can be made!

You must submit your applicaiton early. Visa applications can be submitted 3 months prior to the date of entry in Switzerland – no exceptions are allowed!
Due to the mandatory Schengen consultation of visa requests from Egyptian citizens and several other countries, the passports can be collected only after 11 working days from the date on which the visa application has been submitted and accepted by the visa officer. Notification of refusal will be handed out to the applicant or to an authorized person.

The Embassy recommends that when you travel you carry with you copies of the documents (e.g. letters of invitation, bookings, and insurance policy) which you enclosed with your visa application. This will ease the border control procedure and avoid delays.

How to apply for a short stay Schengen visa (visa C)

Applicants are required to appear personally to lodge their visa applications. Before doing so, an appointment with TLScontact needs to be arranged. Please read the "checklist" at the top of this page for information on general conditions and specific requirements.

Make an appointment in time. In some periods during the year, there can be a waiting period of three to four weeks before an appointment can be made.

Kindly make sure that the application form is fully filled out and signed and that the required documents mentioned in the “checklist” are duly enclosed. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Be aware that your entry may still be refused at the Swiss border if you do not meet all the other admission requirements. A visa is just ONE of the requirements for admission into Switzerland.

The visa application form may be downloaded from this website or obtained for free from the Embassy. 

Indicate your contact information (e.g. landline and mobile numbers, email address) in your visa application form. Doing so will make it easier for the Embassy to get in touch with you about the status of your application. Check your email regularly after filing your application since updates about your application are sometimes sent via email. 

Please note that the passports, with or without visa, are to be collected at the same office where the documents were submitted earlier – at TLScontact or at the visa section of the Swiss Embassy.

How to fix an appointment to submit a visa application

Before submitting their application, visa applicants are required to make an appointment either with TLScontact or with the visa section of the Swiss Embassy according to the following guidelines:

Appointments with the external service provider TLScontact

Starting October 2nd 2013, applications for Swiss Schengen visa must be submitted at the counters of the external service provider TLScontact, which will then forward the visa documents to the Embassy in Cairo for further processing. The Visa Application Center at TLScontact is jointly used by other countries. It has a «Switzerland Desk».

As of now, to set up an appointment, please contact https://www.tlscontact.com/eg2ch/login.php TLScontact through their website or call centre: 

TLScontact - Tel. 02 3331 3221 - Sunday to Thursday, except holidays, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

Therefor for the following short stay visa the applicants have to fix an appointment with TLScontact:

  • Appointments for short stay Schengen Visa, type A & C
    (max. 90 days, inside the Schengen area) 
  • Appointments for applicants who have a NORMAL passport intending to visit Switzerland on an invitation from an International Organization/Mission/Embassy http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/topics/intorg/inorch.html/ (International organizations in Switzerland)
Visa applications with NO appointment
  • Holders of special/service/diplomatic passports of Ministries and other Embassies with official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Foreign Embassy accredited to the Egyptian State can come to the Embassy without appointment,
    Sunday to Wednesday, from 10:30 am to 10:45 am.
  • Applicants for short stay visa type C - spouse of CH, EU, EEA/registered partners /children of spouse up to 21 (Schengen privileges),
    Sunday to Wednesday, at 8:00 am.
  • Applicants for long stay visa, type D (stay of more than 90 days) can come to the Embassy without appointment, Sunday to Wednesday, at 8:00 am.

If necessary, the applicant has the option of making an appointment directly and free of charge at the Visa Section of the Embassy. For that, the applicant must send a written request to the Embassy with reasonable explanations ( cai.visa@eda.admin.ch). In this case, no early appointments can be given.

Visa Fees

Adults: € 60. – To be paid in EGP
Children (6 to 12 years old): € 35. – To be paid in EGP
Children under 6 years: Free

In addition to the Visa fee, appointments made through TLScontact have a handling fee of
€ 23.

– To be paid in EGP

The Visa fee has to be paid in cash, in Egyptian Pounds, when handing in the application. The Embassy reviews periodically the rate of exchange to keep the fee in line with its correspondent Euro equivalent. The fee will not be reimbursed if the Visa is refused.
Each application is checked individually and no guarantee can be given that a Visa will be issued. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for costs involved when a Visa is refused. Please note that in certain cases the application has to be submitted to the authorities in Switzerland. In this case it may take up to 12 weeks until a decision is given to the Embassy.

Types of Visa

Once a visa application is approved, the following may be issued:

1) Uniform Visa
It is a valid visa for the entire territory of the Schengen states, with the purpose of transit or intended stay. A uniform visa may be issued for one, two or multiple entries.

Multiple-entry visas may be issued with a period of validity between six months and five years, where the following conditions are met:

(a) The applicant proves the need or justifies the intention to travel frequently and/or regularly, in particular due to his occupational or family status, such as business persons, civil servants engaged in regular official contacts with Member States, and EU institutions, representatives of civil society organizations travelling for the purpose of educational training, seminars and conferences, family members of citizens of the Union, family members of third-country nationals legally residing in Member States and seafarers; and
(b) The applicant proves his integrity and reliability, in particular the lawful use of previous uniform visas or visas with limited territorial validity, his economic situation in the country of origin and his genuine intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for.

2) Airport Transit Visa
An airport transit visa shall be valid for transiting through the international transit areas of the airports situated on the territory of Member States. Egyptian travelers transiting through MS airports are exempted from this requirement.

3) Limited territorial validity
Please refer to the national directives of the competent Embassy.