Liechtenstein embassies and consulates
As a microstate, Liechtenstein does not have many embassies and consulates around the world, but does have a deal with neighbouring Switzerland in which Swiss consular officials look after its interests in countries where it does not have a mission. If there is not one in your country, then officials from Switzerland, or a visa applications partner, such as VFS Global, will act on the principality’s behalf.
Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visa at a Liechtenstein/Swiss embassy or consulate?
If you are traveling to Liechtenstein from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Liechtenstein is a member, having joined in 2011, you will need a short-stay Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein’s embassies and consulates provide?
Officials at the embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing Liechtenstein Schengen Visas. They may also encourage tourism to the principality by providing information to potential tourists or business visitors.
Embassies and consulates of Liechtenstein/Switzerland in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
In 1919, at the request of the Liechtenstein government, Switzerland took over the protection of the interests of Liechtenstein and its nationals abroad and now conducts the functions of overseas embassies. In all countries in which Liechtenstein does not have its own representation, you can usually contact the Swiss representation for consular questions.
Liechtenstein foreign ministry website : regierung.li/de-diplomatische-vertretungen
Liechtenstein embassy in the U.S.
Liechtenstein does have a U.S. embassy, which is based in Washington, D.C.
Swiss embassies and consulates acting for Liechtenstein in the U.K.
Switzerland acts for Liechtenstein in the U.K. It 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 acting for Liechtenstein in China
Switzerland acts for Liechtenstein in China. It has its embassy in Beijing, and it has consulates in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.
Swiss embassies and consulates acting for Liechtenstein in India
Switzerland acts for Liechtenstein in India. It has its embassy in New Delhi and consulates in the major cities of Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
Swiss embassies and consulates acting for Liechtenstein in Indonesia
Switzerland acts for Liechtenstein in Indonesia. It has its embassy in Jakarta, and consulates Bali, Surabaya, and Makassar.
Swiss embassies and consulates acting for Liechtenstein in Brazil
Switzerland acts for Liechtenstein in Brazil. It has its 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 acting for Liechtenstein in Mexico
Switzerland 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 Liechtenstein Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
As stated, Switzerland acts for Liechtenstein in many countries. Swiss embassy or consulate officials often 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 applications partner of Switzerland is the firm VFS Global - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation. They will have application centers in many more cities than where Liechtenstein or Switzerland has an embassy or consulate. For example, in China, there are visa 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 Liechtenstein, 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 Liechtenstein, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Liechtenstein embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas
The processing time for a LiechtensteinSchengen 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.