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Do I need a visa to go to Switzerland?

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There are many forms of Swiss visa permits, including tourist visas, work, business and family visits. Permits to reach Switzerland depend on the intent of the visit as specified in various categories. While applying for a Swiss Visa, you must decide the intention of your visit and choose the category wisely. For all those who travel Switzerland to explore its beautiful cities and snow-capped mountains, a tourist visa is required. A business visa implies a meeting or a large document signed. There are travel, work permits and student visas and some specific requirements and declarations that the applicant has to make.

Swiss mountain train bernina express crossed alps in autumn

Do I need a visa to go to Switzerland?

Although there are categories as well as citizens of countries that are advantaged to enter the Schengen visa-free zone, there are other criteria and citizens that have to go through the entire process of fulfilling requirements and to attend interviews to obtain a visa that allows them to enter the Schengen area.

Where to apply for a Schengen visa?

Only those with legal residence status in the U.S. may apply for visas at U.S. Swiss representations (e.g., Green Card holders; F1 (I-20), H1B, G1, J1, etc.). Tourists and visitors must apply for B1 / B2 visas in the country where they live.

Personal appearance required for a Switzerland visa?

Unless you have not registered your fingerprints, personal presence is mandatory when applying for a Schengen visa. Users will also have to arrange an appointment with the professional representative for your place of residence. Making a rendezvous is secure.

Visa application form

Fully completed and signed by the applicant, inserted the Schengen visa application form. Please fill in your form and print it out and book your appointment.

How long will the process the Switzerland visa application take?

The time required to process a visa request can vary from case to case. Therefore, it is highly advised that the requisite measures be taken well in advance so that the visa can be issued in the appropriate period.

Short stay visas (tourists, visitors, business): Complete applications are in general processed within 10-15 days

Who can request a declaration of sponsorship? 

A sponsorship declaration is an official document which demonstrates that third-party nationals have sufficient financial means to remain in Switzerland. Before issuing a visa, a Swiss embassy or Consulate may require a sponsorship declaration if applicants do not have sufficient funds or if there is doubt as to whether they have sufficient funds to support themselves.

What is the Photograph quality of the Switzerland visa?

The photographs must be: 

• no more than 6-months old 

• 35–40mm in width 

• Close your head and top of your shoulders so that 70–80% of the photograph is taken by your face 

• Sharply concentrated and transparent 

• High quality without ink marks or cuttings 

The photograph must include: 

• looking at the camera 

• Natural skin tones 

• have correct brightness and contrast 

• Be printed on high-quality, high-resolution paper Pictures taken with a digital camera should be of good quality color and printed on paper of photo quality

What is the processing time of a Switzerland visa application?

As a rule, the Consulate will take a decision within 15 days. This stay period can be stretched, in individual cases.

If Biometric data acquisition required?

Biometric data (fingerprints and digital photographs) are collected from the first photograph generally every 59 months from age 12.

Family members of CH, EU, or EEA

If a traveler is a family member of a national of Switzerland, the European Union (EU), or the European Economic Area (EEA), you are authorized to submit your application directly to the responsible Swiss Embassy or Consulate. A rendezvous is mandatory and must be booked beforehand.

How much the Switzerland visa fees?

The Swiss representative reserves the right to, at any time, alter the amounts of the payments in relation to fluctuations in the exchange rate. The visa fee to Switzerland is USD 92. When registering the application, the fee can be paid online via credit card (recommended method of payment).

Can I extend my Schengen visa to Switzerland?

Sure, the Swiss Schengen visa can be extended, but only in rare situations where new details and special reasons emerge after reaching Switzerland.

Describe the Swiss National visa?

When you intend to stay in the Swiss territory for a maximum of more than 90 days (at least 91 days) during each or even more visits during a half-year period measured from the first entry date, you will apply for a national visa.

Two highlander - scottish cow on the swiss alps

What are the required documents for a Swiss Schengen Visa Application?

It is quite simple to complete the request. Please follow the below steps carefully:

  • Choose the departure and arrival country, select the required visa type, enter your name, and click ‘CLICK TO START.’
  • Verify the visa fee and terms and conditions on the next page.
  • On the third page, enter your basic details in the respective field and upload the necessary documents (you can upload the documents in a later stage also).
  • After that, review and confirm the information of your form, then proceed with the payment. We support all types of cards for payment.
  • You will receive the invoice and a confirmation mail with a link in your registered email id.
  • Click the link and complete the remaining form (you can also upload the document in this stage) and submit it for processing.
  • Once the visa process is completed, click2visas will send your visa related documents to your email.
  • Based on your Consulate’s application procedure, you can submit and collect the visa application by visit or Mail. The fee must be paid before submitting the Swiss visa application form. You will be notified by the Consulate about the decision made to your application.

Visa application procedures may change based on the country and center. The visa application is processed. Kindly check our visa widget to know about the updated process and fee for applying the respective Switzerland visa to apply.

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