Embassy of Switzerland
16-18 Montagu Place
Telephone: 020 7616 6000
Fax: 020 7724 7001
Online: Embassy website
Do I need a visa to visit Switzerland?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking the website.
How can I apply?
You must make your applicaiton in London through TLS. Instructions on how to go about this are outlined below and you should be prepared to pay an administrative fee to TLS.
How do I book an appointment?
To book an appointment, you will need to phone up or email to arrange a time to visit the Embassy. To arrange an appointment online, you will need to visit the TLSwebsite.
Please note: It may take you several weeks to get an appointment at an Embassy, especially before the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. Therefore, you should be making your application at least 8-12 weeks before you intend to travel.
What documents do I need?
The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a for a full list of general documentation required, you should check the Swiss Embassy website as requirements may change.
How do I get to the Embassy?
Here is the information on how to get to the Swiss Embassy and a map .
A map of the London Underground is available.
The nearest underground stations are Baker Street, Edgware Road, Marylebone or Marble Arch.
If you have a morning appointment, you will probably have to book overnight accommodation in London to ensure that you arrive in time. Make sure you plan your route across London on a map before you go. If your appointment is early in the morning, try and have a practice walk of the route the day before your appointment. You will not be seen or offered a later appointment if you miss your slot.
See www.megabus.com for cheap bus travel between Cardiff and London, www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm for National Express coaches to all destinations and www.thetrainline.com for trains between all stations.
See www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-hotels or www.hostelworld.com for cheap hotels and hostels. In London, you may also be able stay at The International Students House www.ish.org.uk/accommodation/ . Contact them direct for details.
How long will it take?
When your documents and received by the Embassy or are checked at your appointment, the Embassy official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you.
How can the Immigration & International Student Advice team help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending/your appointment.
If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which country you are applying to and the date of your appointment. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.
You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.