News And Updates

  • 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.

  • 23 January 2017

    Visa Application Submission till 14:00 on 25 January 2017.

    General Public is hereby notified that, all buildings / Metro Stations and roads in Connaught Place will be closed and cordon off from 2 half on 25 January 2017 due to security reason, hence Switzerland Visa Application Center in New Delhi will be operational till 14:00 on that day.

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    The Government of India has withdrawn with immediate effect (midnight of 08 November 2016) the legal tender character of the existing and any older series banknotes in the denominations of Rs 500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

  • 06 December 2016

    Dear Applicant/ Representative / Travel Agents:

    The Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Chennai will remain closed in regards to the sad demise of the Honble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

  • 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.

  • 26 October 2016

    The Embassy of Switzerland and VFS Global across India Will remain Closed on 16 November 2016.

    The Embassy of Switzerland and VFS Global across India Will remain Closed on 16 November 2016. Request you to please plan your travel accordingly.

  • 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.

  • 03 October 2016

    On account of Durga Puja in Kolkata please note that our courier partner, Blue Dart, will be completely closed on 10 October and 11 October 2016

    On account of Durga Puja in Kolkata please note that our courier partner, Blue Dart, will be completely closed on 10 October and 11 October 2016. Hence all applications accepted in Kolkata on 10 October 2016 will be submitted at the Embassy in Delhi on 14 October 2016.

    Also note that the counter collection passports sent from Delhi on 10 October and 11 October 2016 will reach Kolkata on 12 and 13 October 2016 respectively.

  • 9 September 2016

    The Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Banglore will be closed on 09 September 2016

    Kindly note that on 9 September 2016 Bangalore Schengen Visa Application Centre will not accept applications owing to the Cauvery Water Unrest – Karnataka Bandh.

    Applicant can submit their applications on 10 September 2016, appointment timings would remain the same as per booking of 9 September 2016.

  • 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 Infoswiss@vfshelpline.com.

    Thanks

    VFS Swiss Team.

  • 20 April 2016

    Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Kolkata will remain closed on 21 April 2016

    Please note that Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Kolkata will remain closed on 21 April 2016 due to Elections. All applicants who has their appointments booked for 21 April 2016 are requested to walk-in on Saturday 23 April 2016 between 9:00 to 12:00.

  • 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
  • 07 April 2016

    Please be informed that due to technical issue appointment system in VFS Chandigarh is not working. The applicants may walk-in to the application Centre for the submission.

  • 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.

  • 19 January 2016

    Please be informed that on 25 January 2016 applications will be accepted till 1200 hrs in Delhi due to Security reason for Republic Day. Kindly schedule your appointments accordingly.

  • 16 December 2015

    All applicants are required to book an appointment by calling on the helpline 022-61766900 or online through our website.

    Know more about our new tailor-made services to provide you comforts and benefits while applying for your visa… Read more information here

  • 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.


  • 13 November 2015

    The current service tax rate of 14% will be revised to 14.50% with effect from 15 November 2015

    As per attached Notification by Government of India there is an additional tax imposed towards SWACHH BHARAT termed as SWACHH BHARAT CESS @ 0.50%. Thus the current service tax rate of 14% will be revised to 14.50% with effect from 15 November 2015.



  • 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

  • 23 October 2015

    Non submission days at VFS Global Switzerland Visa Centers in North India

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents/ Representatives

    Kindly note, based on the instructions of the Embassy of Switzerland, Delhi the following days would be non-submission days at the below mentioned VFS Switzerland Visa application Centres:

    Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Kolkata: 29 October 2015 to 30 October 2015

    Delhi : 30 October 2015

    You are kindly requested to plan your submissions accordingly

  • 14 October 2015

    Delivery of applications affected from 19 October 2015 to 23 October 2015 during Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata

    Due to skeletal functioning of our Courier Service Provider Blue Dart in Kolkata during the Durga Puja Festival please note that the applications submitted between 19 October 2015 to 23 October 2015 at Kolkata Visa Application Centre will be delivered to New Delhi Visa Application Centre on 27 October 2015.

  • 30 September 2015

    Please be informed that 1 October 2015 will be a No application day in Delhi.

    Dear All,

    Please be informed that 1 October 2015 will be a No application day in Delhi. The applications will not be accepted on this day. The VAC will be operational again on 5 October 2015 from new location in Connaught Place.



  • 31 August 2015

    Visa Application Centre in Kolkata will remain closed on 02 September 2015.

    Visa Application Centre in Kolkata will remain closed on 02 September 2015 due to All India Strike by Central Trade Unions.



  • 21 May 2015

    Dear Applicants, Travel Agents and Representatives

    Please note that Switzerland Visa Application Centre in New Delhi will be accepting applications on Thursday 21 May 2015 but Helpline number will remain close.

  • 29 April 2015

    Dear All,

    Please be informed that Switzerland  Visa Application Centre will remain closed on 30 April 2015, due to strike by opposition Left Front in West Bengal.

    We regret the inconvenience caused to you.

     

  • 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.”

     

  • 6 November 2014

    Chandigarh Visa Application Centre Relocation

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
    Please note that the VFS Global Switzrland Visa Application Centre Chandigarh is relocating to a new premise and will be functional at the below mentioned address with effect from 7 Novermber  2014.

    Address: Switzerland  Visa Application Centre
    VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
    Elante Offices, Entry from Gate No. 3 ,Unit no. B 209, Second Floor,
    Office Block B, Plot no. 178- 178A, Industrial and Business Park,

    Phase - I, Chandigarh (U T) 160002, India

  • 5 September 2014

    Dear Applicants, Travel Agents and Representatives

    Please note that Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad will be closing early on Monday 8 September 2014 at 13:00 due to last day of Ganesh Visarjan and Helpline number will remain close.

  • 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.
  • 19 May 2014

    As per instructions received from the Embassy of Switzerland, kindly note Embassy and VFS Global Application centre will be operational on 29 May 2014.

  • 10 April 2014

    Kolkata Visa Application Centre Relocation

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
    Please note that the VFS Global Switzerland Visa Application Centre Kolkata is relocating to a new premise and will be functional at the below mentioned address with effect from 14 April 2014.

    Address: Switzerland Visa Application Centre
    VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
    Rene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Rajdanga,
    Landmark: Near Geetanjali Stadium Kolkata, 700107, India

  • 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.