Every applicant has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (see Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.
Applicants, travelling by plane to a destination outside the Schengen Area, may make a stopover in the Schengen Area. During the stopover they may disembark the aircraft and then stay for a certain time in the airport’s transit zone (without going through Immigration Control).
Certain nationalities (see list here) have to apply for an airport transit visa in order to be allowed to make such an airport transit.
However there are some exemptions from this type of visa requirement; the most frequent exemption is for:
Please click here for further exemptions.
Applicant must at least meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:
|Visa Category||Visa fee (in Euro)||Visa fee (in GBP)||VFS Service fee (in GBP)|
|Tourism/Visitor Family & Friends/Conference||60||53||26.39|
|Nationals of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine||35||31||26.39|
|Children between 6 and 12 years old||35||31||26.39|
|Children less than 6 years old||0||0||26.39|
|EXEMPTION VISA FEES|
|Organised groups of school pupils/students accompanied by teachers on study/educational trip; only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in Switzerland.||0||0||26.39|
|(scientific) researchers from third countries||0||0||26.39|
|Representatives of non-profit organisations (up to 25 years old) actively participating in conferences/events (sports, cultural or educational) organised by non-profit organisations.||0||0||26.39|
Applicable visa fee, in Pound Sterling (£), is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.
VFS service fee (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.
All fees can be paid by cash (except in Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh), Credit/Debit card or Postal Orders in the name of “Switzerland Visa Application Centre”.
Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.
All fees are non-refundable.
For complete list of Tourist category documents, please click here
Note – where it is stated that documents/letters should be original, please note that such items must be hand-signed and signatures must not be digital, scanned or photocopied.
Note – Proof of relationship must be provided (Original and copy of marriage certificate) if you are applying as a family where the spouse is dependent on the main applicant.
Note – All Visa Applicants must have a Passport that is not older than 10 Years as of the date of return from your scheduled trip. This also applies to passports issued more than 10 years ago that have since been extended. In this case you must obtain a new passport before making your application.
Please provide 2 recent colour photographs (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, meeting the following requirements:
If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.
Every applicant can submit his/her Schengen visa application up to 3 months before the intended travel date to the Schengen Area.
The mimimum processing time of a visa application is 7 working days, so applicants are advised to leave enough time - between the appointment date and travel date - for the Mission to process their visa application; no guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.
For certain nationalities (see list here) the visa application needs consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the minimum processing time takes 15 working days.
In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).
Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas, the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.
Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.
Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:
Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Manchester, Edinburgh or Cardiff, need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the VFS London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.
The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.
For Switzerland every applicant needs to provide a signed printout from an online Schengen visa application form (VAF).
Therefore each applicant first needs to complete and then print the online Schengen visa application form as follows:
Once the completed Schengen visa application form has been printed, then applicant needs to finish the remaining steps: