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  • Visa Information System (VIS) (909 Kb, pdf)
    Information leaflet regarding the introduction of the Schengen Visa with biometric data, starting 6th June 2013 in Tanzania
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Visas for applicants residing in Tanzania

Introduction of the Schengen Visa with biometric data

On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS is also used to store biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants. An information leaflet of the European Union relating to the introduction of the VIS can be found under heading “Schengen Visa with biometric data”, Visa information System VIS. 

On 6th June 2013 the Embassy of Switzerland will, along with other diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Tanzania, be connected to the Visa Information System (VIS). With this connection the Embassies will also introduce the Schengen Visa with biometric data. In order to capture the biometric data, all visa applicants will have to come personally to the Embassy for submitting their visa application, requesting an appointment prior to their visit.    

Visa applications submitted by third parties can neither be accepted nor processed.


There are different regulations governing entry into Switzerland (e.g. for tourists, employed persons, students or pensioners). Please check these before entry.

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, 25 Kb)
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise.html Federal Office for Migration


Appointments for application submission

Visa applicants will be received by appointment only. To make an appointment please call +255 22 266 60 08 /09. The appointment can be made from Monday to Friday from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

It is strongly recommended to arrange the appointment 45 days prior to your departure.


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

Schengen Visa C for stays up to 90 days
Visitors Visa, Tourist Visa, Business Visa, Transit Visa and Official Visits Visa
National Visa D for long stay
Student Visa, Visa to join spouse in Switzerland after marriage or procedure to get married in Switzerland. The processing time may take up to two months.