Application for Schengen visa and procedure
On the bottom of this chapter you will find the visa application form, detailed information about required documents, and general information about the various visa types .
Incomplete applications will not be accepted and applicants will have to book a new appointment for submission.
As a general rule, a decision is taken by the Consulate within 15 days. This period may, in individual cases, be extended.
Some Schengen States require that they be consulted on visa applications submitted to other Schengen States by citizens of certain countries. The consultation process may take up to seven calendar days. Such consultation is currently required for nationals of the countries listed here:
It is therefore recommended to submit the visa application early, at the earliest 6 months before the planned journey.
The reasons for refusal are notified to the applicant using a standard form.
You have the right to appeal within 30 days of receipt of the refusal. For information on appeal procedures, please refer to the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration.
Biometric data (fingerprints) are generally collected every 59 months from the age of 12 years from the first recording.
If you are a family member of a Swiss, European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) citizen, you are entitled to submit your application directly at the responsible Embassy or Consulate of Switzerland. An appointment is mandatory and must be booked in advance.
See "1.5 What requirements must family members of EU or EFTA citizens meet in order to enter Switzerland" in the SEM's FAQ - Entry.
If you wish to complain about the behavior of the consular staff and, if applicable, about the external service provider or about the process, please contact the competent representation in writing.
To set up an appointment, please contact VFS Global through their website or call-center:
Telephone: +65 3105 1693 (Monday to Friday excluding scheduled holidays) 8:00 to 16:00pm
The visa application can be submitted at the earliest 3 months and at the latest 15 working days before the scheduled journey.
In certain well justified cases (accident, death, medical treatment, and other unforeseen circumstances) a fast-track appointment can be requested.
Applicants who do not wish to submit their application to VFS Global may continue to submit them directly to this Embassy. Also family members (this includes a spouse, a registered partner, or a child) of Swiss citizens may hand in their application directly at the Embassy. In both cases, however, it is necessary to make an appointment through VFS Global in advance.
If no appointment has been made in advance, neither VFS Global nor this Embassy will accept the application.
The Schengen representations require biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data is being kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.
If your finger scans have not been collected yet, personal appearance when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory. If your finger scans were previously collected (within the last 5 years) and a visa with the mention "VIS" has been granted, then you won’t have to give new finger scans for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not mandatory.
You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints should the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality or should the Embassy wish to conduct an interview with you.
Finger scans are not required from children under the age of 12.