News And Updates

  • 1 February 2018

    Travel medical insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted.

    Please note with effect from 1 February 2018, travel medical issued by the below listed companies will be acceptable List of approved Indian insurance companies.

  • 08 December 2017

    Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad will remain closed on 14 December 2017 due to Gujarat Election.

  • 07 November 2017

    Effective Monday, 13 November 2017 Switzerland visa applicants can apply at a new Premium Lounge Visa Application Centre opening in Whitefield, Bengaluru. Applicants in Whitefield and nearby areas can now experience greater convenience by applying for their Switzerland visa in the comfort of a plush and well-appointed Premium Lounge

    Address: Brigade IRV, Unit No 108, 1st Floor,Nallurhalli, Whitefield, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560066

  • 15 September 2017

    Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Kolkata will remain closed on 29 September 2017 on account of Durga Puja.

  • 15 September 2017

    Blue Dart Closure in Kolkata: 28 September 2017 to 02 October 2017

    On account of Durga Puja in Kolkata please note that our courier partner, Blue Dart, will be completely closed on 27 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Blue Dart will also be closed for 02 October 2017 for Gandhi Jayanti. Hence all applications accepted in Kolkata on 28 September 2017 will be submitted at the Embassy in Delhi on 04 October 2017.

    Also note that the counter collection passports sent from Delhi on 28 September 2017 and 29 September 2017 will reach Kolkata on 03 October 2017.

  • 28 August 2017

    Please be informed that on occasion of Ganapati Immersion VFS center in Mumbai and Pune would be operational till 12:00 only on 5 September 2017. Request you to kindly plan your travel accordingly.

  • 06 June 2017

    Travel medical insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted.

    Please note with effect from 1 October 2016, travel medical issued by the below listed companies will be acceptable List of approved Indian insurance companies.

  • 15 May 2017

    Dear Applicant/ Representative / Travel Agents:

    Please be informed that as per the update received from Embassy of Switzerland; VFS and Embassy would remain Open on 25 May 2017 to accept applications as per the normal Process.

    On 2 June 2017 Embassy of Switzerland would remain Closed and VFS would be accepting Applications normally. Applications submitted in Delhi and Mumbai on 01 June 2017 and 2 June 2017 would be delivered to Embassy on 06 June 2017. The applications submitted at any of the VFS Centre except for New Delhi and Mumbai on 31 May 2017 and 1 June 2017 would be delivered to Embassy on 6 June 2017 and applications submitted on 2 June 2017 would be delivered to Embassy on 7 June 2017.

    On 5 June 2017 Embassy of Switzerland and VFS across India would remain Closed.

    Kindly plan your travel accordingly.

  • 13 December 2016

    The Government of India has withdrawn with immediate effect (midnight of 08 November 2016) the legal tender character of the existing and any older series banknotes in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

    VFS will accept Visa fees and VFS logistic charges in all denominations of all notes other than the existing & old high denomination notes of Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 . VFS shall also accept demand drafts favoring VFS Global Services Private limited until 18 November 2016.

  • 22 November 2016

    The Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Cochin, has moved to new location.

    Please be informed that The Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Cochin, has moved to 1st Floor, Manoj Tower (Coastal Chambers), Opposite to Mercy Hotel, M G Road Ravipuram , Cochin, Kerala-682015, effective from 21 November 2016.

  • 22 November 2016

    Please be informed that The Premium Lounge Service is available at Cochin visa application centre effect from 21 November 2016.

  • 18 October 2016

    The Embassy of Switzerland is using personal information of our clients for the sole purpose of the visa application procedure; no information is disclosed to a third party.

  • 2 September 2016

    Dear Applicant

    Please note if you have paid Visa Fees online by using Credit Card/ Debit card/Net banking, receiving your refund may take up to 15 working days.

    If you have not received a response to your refund request by then, please feel free to write our contact Centre team on


    VFS Swiss Team.

  • 13 April 2016

    Please be informed that as per Embassy instruction the application of applicant with the specific handwritten observation ``previously known as’’ need to provide one of the following documents:

    • Original previous passport where the old name is mentioned
    • A copy from the previous passport data page where the old name is mentioned
    • A copy of the advertisement of the change of name from the local daily newspaper
  • 01 April 2016

    Please be informed, that with immediate effect, all Diplomatic, Official or Service passport holders needs to submit their application at directly to the Embassy at New Delhi with prior appointment, from Monday to Thursday, between 09:00 – 11:00.

  • 31 March 2016

    Indian passports that contain a manual entry (observation) made after 01 April 2010 where the biographical data (biodata: name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, spouses name, parents name, address) of the passport holder were changed are not accepted.

  • 27 March 2016

    Indian passports that contain a manual entry (observation) data (bio data /Last page: name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, address, fathers Name, mother Name) of the passport holder were changed are not accepted.

  • 17 November 2015

    Non-acceptance of handwritten passports

    As per Government of India, all Indian Citizens living in India and abroad are advised to urgently replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports by 24 November 2015.

    Indian Govt. has decided to phase out non MRZ passports.

    Please click here for more details.

    With reference to the above information, The Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi has instructed all the VFS Switzerland Visa Application Centers in North and East India not to accept any handwritten passports with immediate effect.

  • 05 November 2015

    All applicants are required book an appointment online to submit their visa application and Biometric information at the Schengen visa application centre.

    As part of the visa application procedure, from 2 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph. If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, applicants are advised to wait until the injuries have healed before you book your appointment. Henna on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image and should be removed or allowed to fade before your appointment date.

    Before you make an appointment you should carefully read the visa application process available on the website to submit your visa application and supporting documents at the visa application centre.

    If you have missed your appointment on the scheduled day, the system will not allow you to reschedule or cancel and you will require to book a new appointment after 24 hours.

    Please make sure you arrive at the visa application centre 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Applicants are not allowed to be accompanied inside the visa application centre. The only exceptions to this are those accompanying children under 18 years-of-age or applicants who need special assistance for health reasons or disability.

    If you are part of a family or group, each member of the family or group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children you must make 4 individual appointments.

    VFS Global appointment system is compatible with most popular browsers. VFS Global will soon introduce appointment scheduling through call Centre for the ease of applicants.

    How to book an appointment

    Please click here to book an appointment online.

  • 05 November 2015

    Change in the visa application submission process - Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 2 November 2015

    Changes in Schengen visa application process – India

    Visa Information System

  • 20 March 2015

    New regulation as per 01 April 2015 regarding visa applications for citizens/residents of Bhutan:

    Kindly note that Austria shall represent Switzerland for the purpose of treating short stay Schengen visa applications for the nationals and residents of Bhutan. For short term applications, please contact the VFS Global Services Desk for Austria in Thimpu:

    VFS Global Services Desk for Austria

    All other visa applications and some exceptions for short term applications are still to be lodged at the Swiss Cooperation Programm Office (SDC) in Thimpu/Bhutan or at the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi.

    Please note that holders of Bhutanese diplomatic and official passports are visa exempted.”


  • 10 June 2014

    This is to keep you informed as per latest instructions received from the Embassy of Switzerland, please note all Visa applications submitted at VFS Global Centre need to adhere the following checkpoints as directed by Embassy. Please note in case of any points not followed may lead to return of Visa Application file.

    • All applications submitted by Travel agents should submit the following along with Visa Application form and other mandatory documents.

      • Travel agency company stamp on top at extreme left corner of the Visa Application form. Email ID and phone number is mandatory to be provided for Travel agency and applicant as well.
      • Travel agency staff submitting application at VFS Global counter need to provide his/her photo ID proof (for example Company photo ID, passport copy, Pan card or license copy only)
    • VFS Global checklist uploaded on website needs to be strictly followed and documents mentioned in the checklist only needs to be provided.
    • Bank statement, ITR or any other documents should be provided only in A4 size sheet format. No other format will be accepted.
  • 15 November 2013

    As per instruction received from the Embassy of Switzerland, Applicant needs to sign on “Declaration of Consent Courier”. Representative or travel agent must bring signed declaration at the time of submission.

    Declaration of Consent Courier

  • 09 May 2012

    This is to inform you that as per instructions received from Embassy of Switzerland, VFS Global Application centre and the visa section at the Embassy will be working on 17 May 2012.

  • 11 March 2012

    This is to keep you informed that with effect from 13 April 2012 the VFS Global Switzerland Visa application Centre helpline number would change to 022- 67866015.

    Important Instructions

    As per the guidelines from The Embassy of Switzerland, VFS Global Switzerland Visa Application Centre will not accept any incomplete applications.

    Applicants /Representatives/Travel Agents are requested to ensure applications are completed in all respects prior to submission at VFS Global.

    As per the instructions of The Embassy of Switzerland you are kindly requested to check the details on the Visa (e.g. spelling of the name, passport number, duration/dates of visa etc) before leaving the Embassy or the VFS Global Counter. Any discrepancy highlighted later on may delay the visa processing and would be the applicant’s responsibility.

    Important notice for travel agents and representatives

    Please note all travel agents and representatives need to carry a authority letter from applicants for the submission of applications. The applications without the authority letter from Applicants will not be accepted at VFS Global centre.

    Important notice

    The Embassy would like to point out that the border authorities are obliged to examine whether, at the time of your entry, the prerequisites for entry continue to apply. This examination is international practice. If the prerequisites for entry or transit no longer apply, or if you are unable to provide the relevant evidence, you may be refused entry by the border authorities although you are in possession of a valid visa. Therefore the Embassy recommends that you carry with you copies of the documents (for example letters of invitation, travel confirmations) which you enclosed with your visa application. This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.

    Sehr geehrte Besucher Die Botschaft macht Sie darauf aufmerksam, dass die mit der Grenzkontrolle beauftragten Stellen gehalten sind zu prüfen, ob zum Zeitpunkt der Einreise die dafür zu erfüllenden Voraussetzungen noch gegeben sind. Eine solche Überprüfung ist international üblich. Liegen die Voraussetzungen für die Ein- oder Durchreise nicht mehr vor oder können Sie die entsprechenden Nachweise nicht erbringen, kann Ihnen, auch wenn Sie im Besitz eines gültigen Visums sind, die Grenzbehörde die Einreise verweigern.
    Die Botschaft empfiehlt Ihnen deshalb Kopien der Unterlagen (z.B. Einladungsschreiben, Reiseunterlagen), die Sie Ihrem Visumantrag beifügten, mit sich zu führen. Sie helfen damit die Kontrollen zu erleichtern und können Wartezeiten an den Grenzen vermeiden.