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Document & Visa Types

Please follow these steps in order to apply for a Schengen visa. A Schengen visa allows a maximum stay of 90 days within a period of 180 days in the Schengen countries. Switzerland must be your main travel destination.

Please select the purpose of your trip to Switzerland using one of the following visa categories. Click on the items to download the required documents.

Please prepare
the documents below carefully.

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Read the list of documents which need to be submitted with your visa application based on your travel purpose and prepare the documents carefully. Please always choose the correct travel purpose.

Business & Work

Short stay (less than 90 days)

You wish to go to Switzerland for business purposes and will stay no longer than 90 days.

Business visa


You are the employee or the business partners of Swiss/Russian company accredited at the Swiss Business Hub.

Accredited Company

For people who are invited to congresses, seminars, workshops and meetings organized by an International Organization.

Official Visit visa

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Family & Tourism

Short stay (less than 90 days)

For people travelling with the purpose of tourism, staying at a hotel or in a rented flat.

Tourist visa

For people who wish to visit relatives or friends, staying in their homes.

Visitor visa


Long stay (more than 90 days)

For people wishing to take up residence in Switzerland (without employment) or to settle in Switzerland together with an employed family member (spouses and minor children).
If you plan to stay longer than 90 days in Switzerland, you have to apply for a national (Type D) visa. TLScontact does not process these types of visa applications, these should be submitted directly to the Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow. Please choose Moscow to register and book an appointment at the Embassy for a national (Type D) visa

Residence / Family Reunion visa

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Medical treatment

Short stay (less than 90 days)

For people undergoing medical treatment or getting medical advice.

Medical treatment visa

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Studies

Short stay (less than 90 days)

For people who are going to study in Switzerland.

Study visa


Long stay (more than 90 days)

You wish to go to Switzerland for study purposes and will stay more than 90 days.
If you plan to stay longer than 90 days in Switzerland, you have to apply for a national (Type D) visa. TLScontact does not process these types of visa applications, these should be submitted directly to the Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow. Please choose Moscow to register and book an appointment at the Embassy for a national (Type D) visa.

Study visa

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Others Visa Types

Short stay (less than 90 days)

For artists and other people who are participating actively in cultural events in Switzerland (not for spectators at cultural events!).

Cultural visa

For people (athletes, coaches, trainers, support staff, etc.) participating actively in sport events or trainings in Switzerland (not for spectators at such events or tourists on a skiing holiday!).

Sport visa

For people transiting through Switzerland/the Schengen zone or having a flight within the Schengen zone on their way to a final destination outside the Schengen area (e.g. Moscow - Zurich - Madrid - Rio de Janeiro).

Transit visa

Only required for certain nationalities who need visa for staying in the international transit zone of an airport, not applicable for Russian citizens.

Airport Transit visa

If you receive an authorization for your visa from the Immigration authorities in Switzerland or from the Visa Section in Moscow as well as a confirmation e-mail from the Visa Section authorized person, which confirms you the possibility to use TLScontact services, you may submit your passport at TLScontact Visa Acceptance Center.

Authorized visa


Long stay (more than 90 days)

You have got the written authorization “Ermächtigung zur Visumserteilung“ issued by the Cantonal Migration Office or the Federal Office of Migration in Switzerland and would like to have an appointment with Embassy for the visa issuance.
If you plan to stay longer than 90 days in Switzerland, you have to apply for a national (Type D) visa. TLScontact does not process these types of visa applications, these should be submitted directly to the Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow. Please choose Moscow to register and book an appointment at the Embassy for a national (Type D).

Issuance of authorized visas C/D

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