Visit Visa (Switzerland)
Switzerland known for the Alps Mountains is a tourist’s paradise. If you are planning to visit the country, then you must know the visa requirements.
You will need a short-term visa to visit Switzerland which is valid for 90 days. This short-term visa is also known as the Schengen visa. As you may be aware the Schengen visa is valid in all the European countries which are part of the Schengen agreement. Switzerland is one of the countries under the Schengen agreement.
With a Schengen visa you can travel to and stay in Switzerland and all the other 26 Schengen countries.
Switzerland Entry Restrictions in Response to Coronavirus
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Switzerland, as well as the rest of the EU and Schengen Area members imposed an EU-wide entry ban on third-country nationals in mid-March 2021. With the improved epidemiological situation in the EU and abroad, Switzerland has lifted the entry ban for a few countries and several categories of travellers.
Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Switzerland?
Travelers will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused for visa-free travel. These short-stay visas can be for business or tourism purposes, as well as family and short study visits, or for medical reasons.
Your Schengen Visa application will cost €80 for adults and €40 for minors – although this may be waived in certain special circumstances, such as cultural or charitable trips for young people.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Switzerland?
The next stage of applying for your visa is to book an appointment, and gather your supporting documents – two recently taken passport-style photos, your passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary, proof of accommodation, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. You need to demonstrate you have at least €92 per day of your trip – reduced to €28 for tourists.
Documents required for Spain visitor visa:
- A valid passport whose validity will exceed the duration of the visa you apply for by three months
- Old passports if any
- 2 passport size photos
- A copy of your completed and signed visa application form
- Proof of hotel bookings, flight bookings and a detailed plan of your activities during the duration of your stay in Switzerland
- Schengen travel visa insurance or a health insurance covering Switzerland and the Schengen Area for medical emergencies with a minimum coverage of 30,000 pounds
- Copy of tour ticket
- Proof of having enough finances to support your travel and stay in the country
- Bank statement of the last 6 months
- Proof of income tax returns
- A cover letter explaining why you want to visit Switzerland, your duration of stay, date of return etc.
- Documents proving your civil status which could either be a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children etc.
Before you apply for a tourist visa, ensure that you meet the visa requirements and have the required travel documents.
Switzerland Visitor Visa Requirements
When applying for a short-stay visa to Switzerland, in order to visit a family member or a friend residing in Switzerland on their invitation, you will need to apply for a Swiss Visitor Visa.
Required Documents for a Schengen Visitor Visa to Switzerland
When applying to obtain a visa to visit your friends or relatives in Switzerland, you must provide the following additional documents:
Duly signed invitation letter from the host. The invitation must contain the following details: name, first name, date of birth (exactly same as in the passport) for every invited person as well as the purpose and duration of the visit.
Host’s passport, identity card or residence permit.
Proof of relationship with the host residing in Switzerland.
Visa Processing Time
The processing time for a Switzerland short-stay visa may take up to 15 days. Still, according to your specific situation, this period may be extended up to 30 days. Exceptional cases may take up to 60 days, since the Swiss embassies may have to consult with other Schengen consulates.
To avoid any delay in the issuance of your Swiss short-stay visa, you should submit your application as soon as possible, though not earlier than three months before you travel to Switzerland.
Duration of stay:
The Switzerland tourist visa, like other types of Schengen visas, is valid for a maximum of 90 days within a six month period.
If you receive a multiple-entry Tourist Schengen visa for Switzerland, you can enter and leave the Schengen area as many times as you like within six months, as long as the total amount of days does not exceed 90.
You also do not need to spend all your valid days in Switzerland. The Swiss Schengen visa allows you to travel between all the Schengen countries.
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