Issuing Schengen visa (type C) for Switzerland starting June 26, 2021
On June 23, 2021, the Federal Council decided to lift the entry restrictions for Switzerland for persons from third countries.
Who can apply for a short visa application (type C)?
The Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi is currently accepting all visa categories for persons arriving from third countries like India, who can prove, that they have been fully vaccinated.
Booking of a prior appointment is mandatory for all application type. VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. is operational and accepting visa application at the centers in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad.
Entry rules from 20.09.2021
Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.
For fully vaccinated third-country nationals with CHE, EU and WHO recognized vaccines, the regular entry requirements will be applicable again from June 26, 2021. This also means that these travelers no longer have to be quarantined after arriving in Switzerland.
Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated with CHE, EU and WHO recognized vaccines and are without rights of free movement, entering from risk countries or regions and who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid-19 Regulation 3. For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
If you are not vaccinated and you qualify as a "hardship case" according to SEM regulation ff 1,5 dated 26.06.2021.
Consult the SEM-Website and choose the following options ; Category: Entering Switzerland > Situation of special necessity > What constitutes a case of special necessity?
If your application falls into a so-called hardship case, please contact us directly at email@example.com
Entry form required for everyone
All travellers entering Switzerland – whether vaccinated, recovered or with a negative test – must complete the entry form.
Click the following link: https://swissplf.admin.ch/formular
Where and how to get a COVID certificate?
Click the following link: https://bit.ly/3zpZe4f
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck.
Information about children less than 18 years of age
Children below the age of 18 years do not need to be vaccinated.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are special rules for people entering Switzerland i.e. regarding the vaccination. Kindly refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
RT-PCR Test: Please check with your airline if a PCR Test report is required for boarding the airplane.
VFS - Visa appointments
To arrange for an appointment, kindly visit VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (Long waiting times are to be expected).
The Swiss Government has decided to temporarily increase the service fee for Visa applications in Visa Application Centers (VAC) of External Service Providers (ESP) due to supplementary expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transit to Switzerland
For the moment, there is no direct flight between India and Switzerland. Transit through other countries might be restricted. Please check with the authorities of concerned countries.
Travelling from Switzerland to another Schengen State
Visiting other Schengen countries internally from Switzerland might be restricted. Please check with the authorities of concerned countries.
Holders of an expired Schengen visa, who could not use the visa due to Corona travel restrictions, cannot receive a free substitute visa.