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Visas for persons living in the United Arab Emirates
The Association agreements of Switzerland to Schengen-Dublin concluded with the European Union entered into force on 12 December 2008.
Switzerland applies the Schengen regulations concerning the issuance of visas. In most cases, the visa is valid for entering the territory of all Schengen member states. If you are visiting more than one Schengen country, the visa application must be submitted at the Consulate of the country with the longest stay. In case of equal duration of stay in different Schengen states the first country of entry is responsible for issuing the visa.
This also applies to Schengen visas issued by other Schengen States which permit entry to Switzerland.
The Schengen regulations apply to the examination of requests for short-term stay visas whose validity does not exceed 90 days, within a period of 180 days.
The time needed for a visa request to be processed may vary from case to case, but in general takes 2 weeks for a short stay visa. However, please note that a visa application cannot be submitted more than 3 months or less than 2 weeks before the planned trip. The issuance of long term visas for more than three months remains subject to national procedures. Such visa will permit only entry to the territory of the issuing state and transit via another Schengen state.
Short term stay (under 90 days)
- The visa application must be submitted in person to VFS
- The passport must be signed and valid for three months beyond the stay in the Schengen states.
- For residence holders, the permit has to be valid for a minimum of one month beyond the stay in the Schengen states.
- The application form must be duly completed (in full) and signed by the applicant. For minors, signature of both parental authority/ legal guardian is required and Passport copies need to be attached.
- All requirements and forms for the applicants have to be fulfilled and attached, please find details on www.switzerland.ae
- During the processing time the passport has to remain with VFS.
- No information on the status of the visa is given before collection
- The visa and processing fees have to be paid upon submission of the visa application (please see details below).
- Sufficient financial resources have to be available to cover your cost of living in Switzerland; as a rule, an amount of CHF100 per day is considered sufficient.
- No fee is refunded for rejected visa applications.
- The Embassy of Switzerland may demand a declaration of sponsorship.
You may also apply for your visa directly at the Embassy of Switzerland in Abu Dhabi. However, should you choose to submit your application directly at the Embassy the delay will exceed the one at VFS’ Visa Application Centre. It is therefore recommended to lodge the visa application directly at VFS.
Long stay (Over 90 days)
As of January 01, 2014 the visa regulation on long term work visa have changed:
If you would like to work in Switzerland or plan to stay longer than 90 days, please contact the competent Cantonal Migration Office.
Visa applications for long term Visas have to be submitted in person at the Embassy of Switzerland in Abu Dhabi. For more information please visit www.switzerland.ae or contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Abu Dhabi. firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit your application, arrange an appointment with VFS
As from May 4, 2014 the Embassy of Switzerland is cooperating with the external service provider VFS in processing visa applications through their visa service centers:
- For applicants residing in the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah at VFS, WAFI Mall, 2nd floor in Dubai.
- For the applicants residing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi at VFS, Shining Tower, Abu Dhabi.
Complete the visa application form online, print and bring it along with all other required documents to the appointment. The forms are provided in different languages, please note that the form has to be filled in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. No Arabic, Chinese, Russian etc. will be accepted.
The visa fees are as follows (the equivalent of EUR 60.00/ 35.00 at the Swiss government’s exchange rate as of January 29, 2012):
- Persons above the age of 12 years: AED 310.00
- Children between 6 and 12 years: AED 185.00
- Children below the age of 6 years: free of charge
The fee is to be paid in cash (personal checks and credit cards are not accepted).
Please note that the VFS appointment and processing fees are not included in these prices.
If your application must be submitted to the competent authorities in Switzerland for a decision (e.g. work, study or residence visa), an additional postage fee of AED 25.00 will be charged.
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants. The diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states will be gradually connected to the system region by region.
Along with the connection to the VIS on 2nd October 2012, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in the United Arab Emirates have to capture the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa.
An information leaflet of the European Union relating to the introduction of the VIS and the capture of biometric data can be found on our website:
Fact sheet about the Visa Information System (VIS) (pdf, 633 Kb)
Please note that while we believe the given information is correct and up-to-date, the Consulate General of Switzerland is not legally responsible in the event of errors, omissions or obsolescence.
No claim is possible for cancelled reservations.
Only the immigration officers or the Swiss Federal or Cantonal authorities are competent to ultimately accept or deny visa applications.
The operators (such as airlines and travel agencies) must use appropriate means to inform their customers of potential travel requirement issues before making any non-refundable reservations.