Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians

23-Aug-2022

15 min read

If there is one country in Europe that all of India, including the famous movie industry, has been obsessed with, it has to be Switzerland. A part of the Schengen Area, the country is home to numerous lakes, stunning villages, medieval quarters, and of course, the soaring peaks of the Alps. As holders of the Indian passport, you need to obtain a Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians in order to visit the country.

Depending on your purpose of visit, you can choose between a short stay visa (single, double, and multiple entry), airport transit visa, and a long-term visa (1 year, 3 years, and 5 years).
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In this post, I would mainly discuss the process and Switzerland Visa requirements for Indians when applying and obtaining a Switzerland Tourist Visas for Indian citizens.

As an Indian, all of us require the above-mentioned visa to visit the country for tourism purposes or to visit friends and family in Switzerland.

Is the Switzerland Tourist Visa and Schengen Tourist Visa the same?

Well, yes. The Switzerland Schengen Visa and Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians are the same visas. It all depends on what you like to call it. Nonetheless, this is the visa you'll need if you plan to visit Switzerland for tourism purposes.

After reading through this guide, you'll be able to easily apply for your next Switzerland Tourist Visa.

Here's what I'll cover in the post:

General Information About The Switzerland Schengen Visa

Before jumping into the visa application and its requirements, let us address some of the most popular queries most travelers traveling to Switzerland tend to enquire for before applying for a Switzerland Schengen Visa.

If you already have a general understanding of the Switzerland Schengen Visa, feel free to skip to the required documents or the visa application process.

What Is The Switzerland Schengen Visa?

The Switzerland Schengen Visa, also known as the Tourist Visa, allows you to enter Switzerland for tourism purposes. Such purposes include vacation, site seeing, leisure, and so on.

Short business trips are also allowed under the Switzerland Schengen Visa. However, you can't work in the country. Acceptable business purposes include attending meetings, functions, meeting clients, etc.

If your trip to Switzerland does not include tourism or business, you need to apply for another type of visa.

Quick note: Some travelers refer to the Switzerland Schengen Visa as the Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians and short-stay visa. These terms refer to a visa that allows you to enter the country (the only difference being the name). In this post, I'll use both these terms.

Do I Need A Switzerland Schengen Visa?

Yes. As a citizen of the Indian sub-continent, all of us require to obtain a Tourist Visa before entering Switzerland.

How Long Can I Stay In Switzerland With A Schengen Visa?

The single-entry Schengen Visa allows you to visit Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days within every 180-day period. To calculate your stay in Schengen, you can use the Schengen Visa Calculator. Please note that you are not allowed to take up residence or work on a Schengen visa.

In some cases, you may only stay in Switzerland for the duration you specified in your visa application form. Therefore, always check the validity period on your visa sticker before traveling.

Remember:

Overstaying your welcome in Switzerland can lead to heavy fines, jail time, and even a ban.

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Where Can I Apply For The Switzerland Schengen Visa?

Although it was possible to apply for a Switzerland Tourist Visa at the Embassy and Consulate General of Switzerland located across the country before, the application process is now majorly handled only by VFS Switzerland visa for Indians application centers across the country.

You can book an appointment at the closest [VFS center] https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/che/login) by registering online with VFS.

Additionally, here is a list of VFS Application Centers across India . I have explained more on this below so you can directly jump to the section of How To Apply For The Switzerland Schengen Visa?

What Is The Switzerland Schengen Visa Processing Time?

The usual processing time for Schengen visas is between 15 to 30 days. However, you can apply up to 6 months in advance.

When Must I Apply For My Switzerland Schengen Visa?

At the latest, you can start your visa application 15 days before your planned trip. Sometimes it can take up to 45 days in case it is necessary to make a more detailed exam of the application.

Thus, the earliest you can apply is 3 months before your trip. I recommend starting your application as soon as you can so you have enough time should something unexpected happen (like a longer visa processing time).

How Much Is The Switzerland Schengen Visa Fee?

You can expect to pay the following Switzerland visa fees for Indians:

  • For adults: INR 6700 | EUR 80
  • For children 6 - 11 years: INR 3400 | EUR 40
  • For children under 6 years: Free

The applicable VISA Fee in Indian Rupees is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice.

Note: An important thing to know here is that holders of diplomatic and service passports as well as students and researchers traveling for research or educational training do not need to pay for the visa fee (to be evaluated case per case). The same also applies to representatives of non-profit organizations, aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events by non-profit organizations.

What Are The Minimum Financial Requirements To Visit Switzerland?

You'll find that all Schengen Member States have their own minimum financial requirements when visiting. This requirement has been implemented to ensure that visitors have the financial means to support themselves during their stay.

For Switzerland, you must have at least 100 CHF or €92.34 per day for every day you spend in Switzerland. Remember, this is only the minimum amount. Your visa application will look much more compelling if you prove you have more finances.

Anything within the ballpark of INR 8 to 10 lacs should solidify your application even further.

Can I Travel To Other Schengen Countries With The Switzerland Schengen Visa?

You're allowed to travel to any Schengen States with your Switzerland Schengen Visa. Nonetheless, you need to clearly state that you plan to travel to other countries in your application.

You can visit the following Schengen Member States with your Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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What Are The Required Documents For The Switzerland Schengen Visa?

Now that you have a general understanding of the Switzerland Schengen Visa, we can look at its requirements and application process.

One of the first things you would need to before you begin the application process is to ensure that you have all the necessary documents ready to be presented at the visa center. The VFS Switzerland Visa Application Center provides a Document checklist for Schengen Tourist Visa

Here are the documents you'll need to submit at the Embassy:

  • A duly completed and signed Switzerland Visa Application form to be filled online.
  • One passport photo of yourself. It must meet the requirements set out by Switzerland.
  • A valid passport or travel document with at least two blank pages. It must be valid for 3 months after the end of your trip and be issued no later than 10 years ago.
  • Schengen Travel Insurance/Medical Insurance that provides a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 and is valid for the entire duration of travel. The insurance must cover the entire Schengen area and not just Switzerland. Also, the Travel insurance must cover all COVID-19 related health emergencies.
  • Proof of accommodation. This can be private accommodation, a rental agreement, hotel reservations, etc. but it has to cover the duration of the whole stay and all the Schengen countries you plan to visit other than Switzerland. If you have booked a packaged tour, attach detailed travel itinerary.
  • Proof of financial funds. This includes a cover letter as well as bank statement of the last 3 months, stamped and signed by your bank manager, copy of income Tax Department Return + ITR V acknowledgment of the previous financial year, and a signed and stamped leave permission from your employer.
  • Proof of employment/studies on official letterhead, stamped and dated; containing contact information (address, email, telephone number) as well as name, position and signature of the countersigning officer. The letter must state the name and position of the applicant, salary, years of employment/studies and approval of absence/position after leave. For unemployment: unemployment certificate and proof of income, if any (married: employment certificate of spouse, document of the income of the spouse and a marriage certificate).
  • A return flight ticket that proves you plan to return to your home country.
  • A cover letter explaining the purpose of your trip, what you plan to do, and when you'll return home. Basically, it just proves the purpose of your trip.
  • Your employment status.

Document Requirements Depending On Employment Status

  • If you are self-employed, you need to present a copy of your business license in India, company income tax returns for the past two years, and a copy of the company’s bank statement for the past 3 months, signed and stamped by the bank manager.
  • If you own a business in India, you need to present the certificate of registration of the company (Form B, rule 5(1) or Form ST3, rule 11)
  • If you are a student, you have to present a copy of the enrolment paper that serves as a proof that the applicant has planned to study in that school/university and a copy of No Objection Certificate from the respective school or university.
  • If you are salaried, proof of employment/studies on official letterhead, stamped and dated; containing contact information (address, email, telephone number) as well as name, position and signature of the countersigning officer. The letter must state the name and position of the applicant, salary, years of employment/studies and approval of absence/position after leave.
  • If unemployed, unemployment certificate and proof of income, if any (married: employment certificate of spouse, document of the income of the spouse and a marriage certificate).

What Are The COVID-19 Required Documents?

Covid requirements and protocols can change without notice. For this reason, I can't specify the exact documents you require as they might have already changed. So instead, use [Atlys's COVID-19 tool](https://www.atlys.com/covid/ Switzerland?from=india) to learn about the country requirements and what you need to enter Switzerland.

One thing I can include is that you must have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months or be fully vaccinated against the virus. Keep in mind that only approved vaccinations will allow entry into Switzerland.

You won't be able to visit Switzerland with only a negative COVID-19 test result.

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How To Apply For The Switzerland Schengen Visa?

You now know the documents you need to submit for a successful Schengen Visa application. Next, I'll walk you through the steps you need to take when you start your application.

Step 1 - Collect The Required Documents

Start collecting the required documents first.

Why?

It's the most time-consuming part of the process. Doing this first will allow you to leave enough time for unexpected delays, such as collecting an incorrect document, finding accommodation, and so on.

When gathering all your required documents, make a list of what you need to get. It's the easiest way to keep track of the documents you've collected.

Step 2 - Fill In Your Schengen Visa Application Form

Ok, so you've got all the required documents.

Now download and start filling in the Switzerland Visa application form

Remember, all the information you provide must be correct and accurate.

The form is self-explanatory, but ensure that you fill in all the details carefully.

Quick tip: Keep your passport close when filling out your visa application form. Always refer to your passport when entering your personal details.

Did you know:

Most visa applications get denied due to incorrect information on a visa application form. Here's a guide highlighting the mistakes you should avoid when applying for your Schengen Visa.

Step 3 - Find Where You Need To Apply At

As I mentioned, not all countries have a local Switzerland representative. Therefore, you should always check where you need to apply before submitting your application.

Step 4 - Schedule Your Visa Appointment

After you've determined where you need to apply, you must schedule a visa appointment .

Be mindful that you might not find an appointment time suitable to your needs. As a result, you may have to keep your schedule open for the next few weeks, or at least until you find an appointment. This is another reason why you should start your visa application procedure at the earliest so as to receive your visa in time for your ravel

Step 5 - Attend Your Visa Appointment

On the day of your appointment, visit the visa application center at the scheduled time. Arrive at least half an hour early in case there is a rush at the center and make sure you carry all the documents with you.

Once the visa officer checks your document, they might interview you for a short while but there is nothing to be nervous about. Answer each question truthfully and it should be okay.

Quick tip: You can use your required documents to support your answers. For example, should they ask where you plan to stay in Switzerland, you can present your proof of accommodation.

After attending your interview and submitting your documents, you'll be requested to submit your biometric information.

What's that?

It's just your fingerprints and a digital photo of yourself. This is not required if you've been to the Schengen Area in the last 59 months.

Step 6 - Receive Feedback From The Embassy

After completing steps 1 - 5, you're basically done. The only thing left is to wait for your visa to be processed. As mentioned, this can take between 15 - 30 days.

After it's processed, you'll receive feedback from the visa application center via email, a call, SMS, or your preferred contact method. You can Track Visa Application status for Switzerland here. If your visa is approved, you can travel back to the visa application center to collect your passport. Attached inside, you'll find your brand new Switzerland Schengen Visa.

How To Get A Switzerland Schengen Visa Without Effort?

Now, if you are someone who values your time and energy, we've got some great news for you! You don't need to read through this entire guide on getting a Switzerland Schengen Visa. Instead, all you need to do is download Atlys and use it to complete your application for you.

With Atlys, you can immediately start your next Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians application. A benefit of Atlys is that you don't need to stress about the visa application process and everything it entails. All you need to do is select a destination, travel date, and enter your relevant details. Afterward, Atlys will do all the tedious paperwork for you. With Atlys, you can receive your next Tourist Visa in no time!

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Now you know how to apply for your Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians!

Ensure that you follow my exact steps, and you'll have your visa in no time. The final step is to make some unforgettable memories in Switzerland!

Enjoy.

Written By: Aditi Roy

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I Pay For My Visa Fee?

You can pay for your visa fee in cash or via a credit/debit card. VFS Application centers also accept Demand Drafts made in favor of VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

If I am submitting more than 1 application, can I make a combined Demand Draft for the visa fee?

No, every application should have a separate demand draft.

Are there any additional charges to be paid apart from the visa fee and the service fee?

Depending on the services you choose, you may be required to pay extra. Here is a detailed list of VFS Switzerland Visa For Indians Application Center Fee and Charges

What Are The Switzerland Schengen Visa Requirements For Minors?

First, minors need to present the same documents like those mentioned in this post. Furthermore, they need to submit the following additional documents:

  • An application form signed by both parents.
  • A birth certificate.
  • Family court order – in cases where only one parent has full custody of the child.
  • Certified copies of ID/passport of both parents.
  • A notarized parental authorization signed by both parents/legal guardians if your child will be traveling alone.
  • If you have stepchildren - A letter from the mother or father that permits the children to travel with you.

Check this all-inclusive guide to learn the exact process of applying for a Schengen Visa for minors.

What Do I Need To Present When I Plan To Visit A Friend?

When visiting a friend in Switzerland, you need to include an [invitation letter] alongside your required documents. The letter must include the host's (your friend's) contact details and your details, such as name, date of birth, address, passport number, and purpose and length of visit.

Is It Difficult To Get A Schengen Visa To Switzerland?

Not at all. As long as you meet the visa requirements as well as the entry requirements, you'll receive your visa.

Can I Submit My Switzerland Visa Application Via Post?

You can send a Friend/Relative/Representative or a Travel Agent to submit your Visa application. A letter of authorization by you and ID proof will be required to allow your Friend/Relative/Representative or a Travel Agent to submit on your behalf.

Passport can be collected by immediate family members only i.e. parents, children, and sibling.

Applicants who do not wish to collect passport in person or by family member should select delivery mode as courier.

Can Someone Else Collect My Passport From The Visa Center On My Behalf?

The Consulate General of Switzerland /Embassy of Switzerland has implemented a change in the arrangement for collection of passport(s) from the VFS Visa Application Centre, hence it will no longer be possible for third parties to collect the documents on behalf of an applicant, except in the following cases:

  • Immediate Family Member (i.e. Parents, Children, Siblings)
  • One member of a group collecting for the entire group
  • A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials if authorized on the Govt. letter head or department
  • Representative of a company - Authorization letter on the letter head of the company and the official ID card

If any of the above come for passport collection they need to carry the following documents:

What Can I Do If My Switzerland Tourist Visa Application Has Been Rejected Once Already?

Although you can always re-apply after a few days of rejection, it may be a better idea to appeal the initial decision within the given time i.e. 30 days from the date of rejection. It is extremely critical that you arrange for the missing documents or information that caused the rejection and write a compelling Appeal Letter.

What Sort Of Income Documents Can A Retired Person Present?

For retired personnel, pension documents accompanied by bank statement showing an acceptable balance is required as proof of income.

What Are Some Of The Common Reasons For Visa Rejection?

There are no specific reason for visa rejections as it varies from case to case, however, past criminal records, inability to show sufficient proof of funds, and an improper cover letter/itinerary could cause potential rejections for your Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians.

What If I Have Been Rejected By A Different Schengen Embassy Recently?

Even though most visa centers and information online would tell you that one embassy's decision does not affect the other, you should keep in mind that if you apply too soon after a rejection (say, a couple of days), it is highly likely to be rejected by the second embassy as well. In such cases, it is best to wait a couple of weeks before you apply for the Switzerland Tourist Visa for Indians and make sure that you keep in mind the initial reason for rejection so as to not repeat it.

Do I need to show a confirmed return ticket while applying for my visa?

The answer to this depends entirely on the country of visa application. While some embassy websites clearly mention that you can present a dummy ticket or a flight itinerary, others may not specify. It is always better to check with the Embassy before making flight arrangements.

Do Indians Need A Switzerland Work Visa For Indians

If you want to be allowed to work in Switzerland, you will need a Switzerland work visa for Indians. The Swiss work visa is one of the types of the Switzerland long-stay visas (also known as national or D-visa). It allows the holder to work in Switzerland for the duration that the visa is issued. The Switzerland work visa process for Indians applying depends on your nationality, among other things. As with other types of visa, different rules apply for EU/EFTA citizens as opposed to non-EU/EFTA citizens(Indian nationals)

What Is The Switzerland Work Visa Fee For Indians

The VFS-Switzerland visa fees in India are as follows in Euros and Indian Rupees, pleas note it is in the current exchange rate. Adult Visa INR 6500 (EUR 80)

All VISA Fee and Service Charges are payable in Cash/Card/Online. Note: Each case is reviewed separately at the time of application, and no guarantee can be given that a VISA will be issued. In any case, the VISA Fees and VFS Service Fees will NOT BE REFUNDED.

The applicable VISA Fee in Indian Rupees is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice.

Do Indians Need A Switzerland Business Visa For Indians?

Switzerland Business visa for Indians application is applicable in case you are travelling for business purposes. This visa is given for travel period of less than 90 days The Switzerland Business visa for Indians will be issued for business purpose only; for gainful professional activities (even if the work is not financially rewarded) you have to apply for a work permit.

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