Swiss embassies and consulates
If you are traveling to Switzerland and need a Schengen Visa, you will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Switzerland has around 48 embassies and 58 consulates spread all over the world.
Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visa at a Swiss embassy or consulate?
If you are traveling to Switzerland from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Switzerland is a member, you will need a short-stay Schengen Visa for a trip lasting up to 90 days, and a residence permit and work or study visa if you plan to spend longer. You will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
What services do Swiss embassies and consulates provide?
Officials at embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues, such as issuing Swiss Schengen Visas. They may also encourage tourism to the country by providing information to potential tourists or business visitors.
Swiss embassies and consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
Swiss foreign ministry website : eda.admin.ch/eda/de/home.html
Swiss embassy and consulates in the U.S.
Switzerland’s embassy is based in Washington D.C. The nation has consulates in New York, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Mill (South Carolina), Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Plymouth (Maine), Salt Lake City, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Seattle, and Shaker Heights (Ohio).
Swiss embassies and consulates in the U.K.
Switzerland has an embassy in London and consulates in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, and Manchester. It also has consular offices in the overseas territories of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Gibraltar.
Swiss embassies and consulates in China
Switzerland has an embassy in Beijing and consulates in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.
Swiss embassies and consulates in India
Switzerland has an embassy in New Delhi and consulates in the major cities of Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Mumbai
Swiss embassies and consulates in Indonesia
Switzerland has an embassy in Jakarta and consulates in Bali, Surabaya, and Makassar.
Swiss embassies and consulates in Brazil
Switzerland has an embassy in Brasília and consulates in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Florianópolis, Manaus, Recife, Salvador, Porto Alegre, Fortaleza, and Sao Paolo.
Swiss embassies and consulates in Mexico
Switzerland also acts for Liechtenstein in Mexico. Its embassy is located in Mexico City. It has consulates in Santiago de Querétaro, Guadalajara, Cancun, and Monterrey.
Do I have to apply for a Swiss Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
In many countries, Swiss embassy or consulate officials do not process initial applications or conduct visa application interviews, an essential part of the process where you will submit supporting documents and provide biometric data. The main visa application partner of Switzerland is the firm VFS Global - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation before passing on your application to the embassy or consulate. The company will have application centers in many more cities than where Switzerland has an embassy or consulate. For example, in China, there are application centers in Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shenyang, Kunming, Jinan, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha, and Nanjing.
Employees at VFS can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. The company’s website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
What does this have to do with travel insurance?
If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to Switzerland, you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
If you are traveling to a country other than Switzerland, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Switzerland embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas
The processing time for a Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
Although an application usually takes around two weeks - in some circumstances - and over holiday periods - approval can take longer - this could especially be the case if the Swiss embassy or consulate is busy dealing with applications.
You need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents submitted alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data - an essential part of your application unless you have a valid reason not to or have already provided it.