Visiting Switzerland is a jaw-dropping, magnificent experience. The Number one country that many people across think of visiting as a tourist is of course Switzerland.
If you are an Indian National you need to procure a Visitor/Tourist Visa to go on a Vacation to Switzerland.
A Switzerland Tourist Visa is a short-stay Visa that will let you stay in Switzerland for over three months. If you want to absorb the natural beauty of this place and other Schengen countries you must procure the Visa prior to your travel intentions.
You need to apply for this Visa from the local Swiss Consulate present in your country. Since traveling abroad is a process that requires a lot of documentation, it is better you visit us before you plan to land in Switzerland. VisaMint Overseas Services has a team of Switzerland Immigration Experts who would hand hold you through the processes seamlessly. With us landing in Switzerland will be a cakewalk for you.
- A completed and signed Switzerland Tourist/Visitor Visa application form.
- Two passport-style photos that comply with the photo requirements for a Schengen visa.
- Your valid passport. Along with photocopies of current and previous passports/other travel documents
- Travel medical insurance that covers your entire stay in Switzerland.
- A cover letter that proves that the reason for going to Switzerland is for tourism or a short term visit.
- Proof of civil status.
- Proof of sufficient financial means. You must provide at least 100 CHF or €92.34 per day for every day you spend in Switzerland.
- Proof of paid Swiss Tourist/Visitor visa application fees.
- Proof of accommodation. When traveling to Switzerland for tourism purposes, you have to give evidence of where you will be staying during that time. This could be:
- Hotel booking which shows the complete name, address, phone and email of your hotel.
- Home rental agreement, in case you are renting a home for the duration of your stay.
- Documents which prove the travel is for tourism purposes.
- You will have to provide copies of your travel itinerary which include the dates and location of your stay, flight numbers, and when you will enter and leave Switzerland.
- If you are traveling with a travel agency, you have to show your reservation with the travel agency. You may also be required to provide a letter from your tour organizer.
- Letter from employer. If you are employed, you have to provide a letter from your employer which states your job description, your position in the company, and when you are expected to return to your work.
On the other hand, if you are visiting family or friends in Switzerland, you should provide:
- Letter of invitation from your host.
- The person you intend to visit in Switzerland has to write an invitation letter. This person will serve as your sponsor. The letter serves to prove that you are invited to stay with them and you will not stay in Switzerland illegally.
- The letter must contain the dates that you will stay with them, as well as detail your relationship. It must also state that if you are unable to provide for yourself financially, your family member/friend will cover for you.
- Your host has to include a copy of his/her passport along with the letter of invitation.
- Proof of family relationship. If the person who you intend to visit is your family member, you must include proof of this in your application. This could be done through marriage certificates or birth certificates.
- Proof of accommodation.
- If you are staying with your family member/friend during your stay in Switzerland, then your sponsor (family member/friend) has to state this in the Invitation Letter.
- If you aren’t staying with your sponsor, you may be asked to prove you actually intend to visit them in an alternate way.
- Proof your sponsor can financially cover for you (if applicable).
- If your sponsor will be covering you financially, they may need to provide proof of that. They may have to do this by presenting a copy of their employment contract (valid for at least 12 months), and their three most recent payslips.
- If they won’t cover for you financially, you have to present proof of your own income and sufficient funds.
Always remember that it is up to the discretion of Embassy personnel to ask for extra documents as and when needed. So, you need to be mentally prepared for submitting whatever documents they ask for.
The steps involved in submitting your application for a Tourist Visa to Switzerland
- The first thing to do is to book an appointment with the Swiss embassy/consulate in your country.
- Download and fill in a Switzerland tourist visa application form providing ‘only’ authentic information.
- Keep all the documents ready.
- ‘You’ must submit the application at the Swiss embassy/consulate.
- Be present for the interview and respond confidently and precisely.
- Make the payment towards the Switzerland Tourist Visa Fees.
- Wait for the Tourist visa to be processed.
If you are eligible to visit other countries in the Schengen Area then this will be mentioned on the Visa Sticker stamped in your passport.
The apparently complex documentation can be achieved step by step and precisely if you visit VisaMint Overseas Services and meet with our European Visa Experts. We have readymade formats with us and itineraries that will reduce more than half of your workload. Do visit us, call us, or write us and kick-start the process of landing in Switzerland at the earliest.