In order to travel to Switzerland, most visitors need to have a visa. Being an associated member of Schengen agreement, the immigration laws of this European state complies with the Schengen regulations. The rules are applicable for entry and stay of up to three months.
Foreign nationals require valid and accepted travel documents to enter Switzerland. Moreover, to cover the cost of living during the transit or the stay in Switzerland, tourists must have sufficient funds.
Individuals with valid permanent residence certificates of EU or EFTA country do not require visa. Additionally, visa is not mandatory for citizens of New Zealand, Monaco, San Marino, Australia, Andorra, South Africa, Canada, USA and few other nations.
Residents of European Community or EU nationals do not require visa for tourism purposes, business trips or stay up to three months. However, they should have a national passport, along with a European ID card.
Citizens of India need to have a visa for visiting Lucerne, Switzerland. Residents of North and East Indian states, such as Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Bihar, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh can submit their forms at the Switzerland Visa Application Centre or the Swiss Embassy in Delhi.
Additionally, residents of West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh can submit the forms at the same place. Furthermore, the residents of Bhutan, Haryana, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura and Uttaranchal can also submit the visa form at Delhi.
Residents of Andaman and Nicobar, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep and Pondicherry must submit their visa application at Mumbai. Switzerland Visa Application Centre or the Swiss Consulate in Mumbai accepts applications of residents of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu also.
Adult visitors need to pay a visa fee of 3,578.18 INR. The fee for children between 6 to 12 years of age is 2,087.27 INR. Children below 6 years of age are exempted from visa application fee.
Indian nationals applying for a Schengen visa, one must have a valid travel document with at least 3 months validity from the intended date of departure from Switzerland. The passport must contain at least two blank pages and should not be older than 10 years.
For more information, one can contact:
Embassy of Switzerland
New Delhi – 110021, India Tele: +91-11-2687-8537 Fax: +91-11-2687-3093 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.eda.admin.ch/newdelhi
Switzerland Visa Application Centre
2nd Floor, Aurum House, Plot no. 25,
Mumbai – 400007
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