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Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines

Checklist for the Issuance of a SCHENGEN Visa for

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: Please read carefully!

v Visa applications are accepted on an appointment basis only.

v Please be punctual. Come on time for your appointment.
v Please make sure that you have all the necessary documents and fees when you apply.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
v Visa applications are decided on a “case to case” basis.
v Compliance with the requirements does not guarantee the issuance of a visa.
v Misrepresentation or fraud at any stage of the process will automatically disqualify you
from obtaining a visa.
v The Embassy cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for any inconvenience or
losses incurred if you fail to comply with the visa application procedures.

A. How do I schedule an appointment?

Appointments are given on a “first come, first served” basis. There is no priority / waiting list.
Schedule your appointments at least 4-6 weeks prior to your planned departure date in order to
allow sufficient time for the processing of your applications.

Appointments are scheduled, confirmed and cancelled by calling the Visa Hotline. This service is
available Mondays thru Fridays from 8:00 until 9:00 AM only.

To call, simply dial (+632) 757 9001 then press 1.

B. How much is the visa processing fee?

The visa processing fee is a NON-REFUNDABLE fee collected by the Visa Officer at the Visa
Counter upon filing of the application. This processing fee applies to all visa applications,
regardless of the purpose of travel (tourist, transit, visit, business or official, study, family
regroupment, others) and number of entries (1, 2 or multiple) applied for. It is payable in
Philippine Peso and on “cash” basis only. The amount may change depending on the prevailing
foreign monetary exchange rate.

Php 4’000.00*

*Effective 12 DECEMBER 2008.

*Please prepare the exact amount.

C. Where do I get the visa application form?

The application form is free-of-charge and may be photocopied. It is available at the Reception
Counter, or you may download the PDF file from the website of the Embassy:
D. What are the visa requirements and how long is the processing?

v You may be asked to submit additional requirements.

v You may be requested to come back for a second interview.
v Please bring the original documents and provide the Embassy with clear photocopies. Do not
staple the documents together.

The requirements listed below are applicable to Filipino citizens as well as foreign nationals who
have valid residence status in the Philippines and require a visa to enter the SCHENGEN

If you are in possession of a valid residence card / permit for any of the SCHENGEN States,
then you do not need a visa to enter Switzerland / Liechtenstein / Schengen States.

For other Nationality, please contact the Embassy / Consulate of the concerned Schengen country
of destination.

Visa processing and issuance: Twelve (12) calendar days after filing date.

Schedule of release*: from 2:00 until 3:00 PM (Mondays thru Thursdays)

from 10:00 until 11:00 AM (Fridays)

*If the due date falls on a weekend or non-working holiday, then releasing will be scheduled on the
following working day.

General requirements:

v One visa application form, which is completely and properly filled-out and signed by the
applicant (Write in block letters and use black or blue ink pen only.)
v Two identical, clear and colored passport-size photos (With white background; Must be taken
within the last six months; Please do not staple the photos on the form.)
v Valid passport (Must be valid at least 3 months from the end of the approved duration of stay;
Must contain at least 1 blank visa page.)
v Photocopy of valid passport as well as old passports (Inside front cover containing holder’s
personal information and photo; Inside back cover containing „Important reminders,“ signature
and other passport information.)
v Photocopy of all visas (valid and expired)
v Personal appearance by the applicant
v Visa processing fee (Please prepare the exact amount.)

For foreign nationals who have valid residence status in the Philippines, submit also a copy of
the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Re-Entry permit.

Additional requirements:

v Computer printout of confirmed roundtrip air travel reservation (Do not yet buy an airline ticket.
The Embassy cannot be held responsible for any financial losses in case you have to return a
v International travel insurance (Must have a coverage of at least EUR 30’000.-- / PHP 2.5M to
cover expenses for personal accident, urgent medical treatment, urgent admission in a
hospital or urgent repatriation on medical grounds; with coverage including ALL Schengen
member states.

Travel insurance policies purchased locally from the following companies are accepted:

Ø AIG Assist / Assistcard Ø Malayan Insurance Co.

Ø ACE Insurance Ø MAPFRE Assistencia
Ø Blue Cross Ø Paramount Life & General
Ø Fortune General Ins. Corp. Insurance Co.
Ø Generali Pilipinas Ø Philam Insurance
Ø MAA Insurance (Assist America)
Ø Philippine Charter Insurance Ø Standard Insurance Corp.
Corporation (PhilCharter)

v Detailed day-to-day itinerary of planned trip / schedule of activities

v Proof of accommodation: booking confirmation / reservation containing the complete name
and contact information of the hotel
v Valid visa(s) for the country(-ies) of destination after leaving the SCHENGEN territory based
on confirmed itinerary of trip
v Proof of financial resources: latest bank statements, bank books, latest international credit
card statements
v If employed: employment certificate with approved leave of absence and income statement,
recent income tax return
v If self-employed: official business registration certificate or SEC registration

E. Contact information of the Visa Section (Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines)

Mailing Address Visa Section, Embassy of Switzerland

24th Floor Equitable Bank Tower
8751 Paseo de Roxas, 1226 Makati City

E-mail man.vertretung@eda.admin.ch

Website www.eda.admin.ch/manila

Visiting Hours 9:00AM until 12NN only, Mondays thru Fridays

Visa Section Hotline (632) 757 9001 then press 1, Mondays thru Thursdays from 1:30 until 4:00PM
only (for Inquiries and follow-up)

Visa Section Fax (632) 757 3717


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