Where to apply for a Schengen visa?

My place of residence My visa application should be submitted to
Venezuela  Embassy of Switzerland in Caracas – for more information please consult the Spanish page
Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago   Embassy of Switzerland in Caracas
Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines  Embassy of Switzerland in Caracas until further notice
Guyana & Suriname Embassy of Switzerland in Caracas until further notice

The visa application can be submitted at the earliest 6 months and at the latest 15 days before the scheduled journey.

Representation agreement

If a State does not have its proper visa section in a country or region, the delivery of a Schengen visa can be delegated to another Schengen State member with an agreement between both countries concerned.

The agreement allows the appointed representation to represent and handle Schengen visa applications within its own competence without consulting the other represented State.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, the representation agreements between Switzerland and France as well as the Kingdom of the Netherlands has been suspended until further notice.

Applicants living in Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Guyana or Suriname who intend to visit Switzerland for a period of less than 90 days shall contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Caracas caracas@eda.admin.ch

Do I need an appointment?

The Schengen representations require biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data is being kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.

If your fingerprints have not been collected yet, personal appearance when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory. If your finger scans were previously collected (within the last 5 years) and a visa with the mention "VIS" has been granted, then you won’t have to give new finger scans for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not mandatory.

You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints should the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality or should the Embassy wish to conduct an interview with you.

Finger scans are not required from children under the age of 12.

If you therefore do not need an appointment, please send us your application file (please see “Which documents should I submit with a Schengen visa application?”) together with the confirmation of payment of the visa fee by mail (not email). 

In case you need an appointment

As soon as you have gathered all the necessary documents (please see “Which documents should I submit with a Schengen visa application?”), you can contact the Embassy by email caracas@eda.admin.ch to arrange an appointment.

Schengen consultation

The Embassy must consult the central authorities of all Schengen member states before it issues a visa to nationals of one of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus (applies only on holders of diplomatic or service passports), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt (does not apply on holders of diplomatic or service passports), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, (North) Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Russian Federation (applies only on holders of a service passports), Rwanda, Saudi Arabia (does not apply on holders of diplomatic passports), Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

If you are holding a passport of one of the above listed countries, kindly note that the processing time of your Schengen visa might take longer than 15 days. We also consult the central authorities of all Schengen member states if the applicant is a refuge or stateless.

Country / Region Schengen State which represents Switzerland My visa application should be submitted to
Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines  France  Embassy of France in St. Lucia  
Guyana and Suriname  The Netherlands Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Panamaribo