Schengen visa application for stays up to 90 days
Attention: Before applying for a Schengen visa:
- If you need an appointment at the counter: be aware that the waiting time may be up to 5 months, especially during high season.
- You can book an appointment as early as 6 months prior to the date of your departure flight.
- Please cancel your appointment when you do no longer plan to travel to Switzerland in order to allow other applicants to make their trip.
- If Switzerland is not your main destination, your application will most likely be refused.
Incomplete applications (items not presented/missing photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to enter the Schengen Area vary depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason: Schengen visa requirements.
Is Switzerland your main destination?
Schengen Regulation (Visakodex)
If the travel destination is one Member State, that Member State's consulate must deal with the application.
If the travel destination includes more than one Member State, the application must be dealt with by the consulate of the main destination. The main destination is understood to be the destination where the applicant intends to spend the longest time or where the main purpose of the intended journey is carried out.
If no main destination can be determined, the consulate of the Member whose external border the applicant intends to cross first, must deal with the application (point of first entry).
Online visa application form
All applicants for a Schengen visa (type C, stays up to 90 days) should complete the visa application form online. Please go to www.swiss-visa.ch. At the end of the process you have to print the application and click send to transmit the date online to the Consulate.
Sign the printed PDF form and submit it to the Consulate with all the required documents. Make sure you have the complete file with all the required documents or we may reject your application. Schengen visa requirements.
If your fingerprints have NOT been collected within the last 59 months by a Schengen visa section, your personal appearance is mandatory (no exceptions). You will need to schedule an appointment through: www.swiss-visa.ch. Making an appointment is free of charge.
If your fingerprints WERE collected within the last 59 months for a Schengen visa, you won’t have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application and your personal appearance is not necessary. This means that you can mail your visa application file. Please provide a photocopy of all Schengen visas issued within the last 59 months, in addition to all other required documents: Schengen visa requirements. In case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality, you will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints.
Personal appearance and fingerprints are not necessary for children under the age of 12.
The Consulate reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking the application.
Residents living within our consular district that are applying for their first Schengen visa or have not received a Schengen visa within the last 59 months need to apply in person with an appointment. If you qualify for mailing your visa application (see personal appearance) but you prefer to file in person, you need to schedule an appointment.
Appointments must be booked through www.swiss-visa.ch after submitting the online application (see online visa application form).
Drop-offs of visa applications files and walk-ins are not accepted. Each individual applicant requires an appointment. This also applies to each member of a group application. Do not schedule several appointments for the same person. No appointments can be scheduled by e-mail , at the counter or by phone.
Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason for the requested documents. If necessary, you may be requested to bring/send additional documents.
Schengen visa requirements
Travel and Health Insurance
A valid travel insurance for the entire Schengen territory is required. A letter from your insurance company mentioning the coverage of at least $ 40,000 or Euro 30,000 for any medical, evacuation and repatriation expenses during your whole stay has to be presented. A photocopy of your insurance card will not suffice. The insurance coverage letter is compulsory. If your insurance company does not provide such a letter or such coverage, please purchase an international insurance. Seven Corners, Axa assistance, MEDEX, IMG, among others meet the Schengen requirements. Applicants missing this document will systematically have their visa denied.
Your valid passport must have been issued within the last ten years, have at least two empty pages and be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen Area.
General visa questions are not answered. Only if you have a specific question that is not answered on our website, contact us by using our contact form indicating in addition your visa application online ID.
Long stay visas (stays more than 90 days, Type D visa application)
Only duly completed applications are accepted. Incomplete applications (items not presented/mising photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to obtain a long term visa vary, depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your reason of stay.
National visa requirements.
There are different types of long stay visas, e.g. family reunion, student, work, international organizations, general residence. Some long stay visas are preapproved by the Swiss authorities and can be collected using a simple process at our Consulate. Other long stay visa appliations will need to be initiated at the Swiss Consulate in San Francisco. For more information, please see here: visa information: National visa for a stay of more than 90 days.
Please mail in your complete long stay visa application to our Consulate. The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking the application.
Your valid passport must have been issued within the last ten years, have at least two empty pages and be valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure to Switzerland.
General visa questions are not answered. Only if you have a specific question that is not answered on our website, contact us by using our contact form.
International Organizations (UN, WHO, IMO, CERN etc.)
Any internship or employment (less than 90 days as well as more than 90 days) at an international organization in Geneva requires a visa. Please contact us by using the contact forms: stay for more than 90 days or stay for less than 90 days.