Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines

Checklist for the Issuance of a SCHENGEN Visa for TOURISM
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: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/de/home/themen/einreise/visumantragsformular.html

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 territory. 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: Schedule of release*: Twelve (12) calendar days after filing date. 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 ticket.) 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 Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø AIG Assist / Assistcard ACE Insurance Blue Cross Fortune General Ins. Corp. Generali Pilipinas MAA Insurance (Assist America) Ø Malayan Insurance Co. Ø MAPFRE Assistencia Ø Paramount Life & General Insurance Co. Ø Philam Insurance

Ø Philippine Charter Insurance Corporation (PhilCharter)

Ø Standard Insurance Corp.

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 Metro Manila, PHILIPPINES man.vertretung@eda.admin.ch www.eda.admin.ch/manila 9:00AM until 12NN only, Mondays thru Fridays (632) 757 9001 then press 1, Mondays thru Thursdays from 1:30 until 4:00PM only (for Inquiries and follow-up) (632) 757 3717

E-mail Website Visiting Hours Visa Section Hotline Visa Section Fax

EMBASSY OF SWITZERLAND, MANILA DECEMBER 2008 Replaces all previous information

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