Schengen Transit visa for Switzerland from UK– Application Procedure and Document Requirements

Swiss transit visa is generally an airport transit visa which is required for certain nationalities who need to transit through an airport in Switzerland to reach to their final destination in a non-Schengen country. This visa allows you to stay in the international transit area of the airport while you wait for your connecting flight. But remember you are not allowed to leave the airport area.

What are the Switzerland Transit Visa Requirements?

The documents required for airport transit visa includes the following:

  • A completed and signed transit visa application form.
  • Two passport photos which meets the Switzerland visa photo requirements.
  • Valid passport with minimum two blank pages.
  • Booked return flight tickets for your ongoing journey.
  • A valid visa issued by the final country of destination.
  • Submit all the previous passports as well if available.
  • Flight reservation details including return flight.
  • Confirmed hotel booking along with the contact details of the hotel for overnight stay at the transit zone.
  • Travel medical insurance with minimum coverage of EUR 30’000 for the entire period of your stay and must be valid for all Schengen states.
  • Evidence demonstrating the reason of visiting the destination country like invitation letter by a company or a family member.
  • Proof of sufficient means of finances to cover the cost of your trip.

These documents are necessary to process your Switzerland transit visa application and should be submitted at the TLS visa centre during appointment.

Do I need an appointment for Switzerland transit visa?

Yes, you need to book an appointment for Switzerland transit visa from London. This is necessary because you cannot submit a visa application without prior appointment. Booking an appointment ensures that the visa centre can manage the volume of applications and provide timely service to each individual. Here's how to book an appointment:

  1. Check Eligibility: Firstly, check if you need a transit visa or not based on your nationality and final destination.
  2. Collect Documents: Collect all the documents that are essential to prove your eligibility and intention for visiting Switzerland.
  3. Book the Appointment: We will book the express visa appointment for you at the nearest visa centre.
  4. Attend the Visa Appointment: Attend the appointment and carry all your documents to the visa centre. You must also provide your biometric data like fingerprints and digital photo.

Obtaining an appointment for Switzerland transit visa for UK residents is quite easy with us. Just contact us and let us take care of the rest.

How long does it take to get a Swiss transit visa from UK?

Generally, you will be notified on the status of your visa application within 15 calendar days. Remember that you only need to apply for an airport transit visa to enter Switzerland if you want to go to a non-Schengen nation. Remember you have your connecting flight ticket for easy transition.

How many hours is a transit visa valid for?

Switzerland transit visa generally remains valid for 24 hours. Typically, a transit visa is allowed for one entrance and one journey should be made within 15 days after the date of issuance.


Q. What is a Switzerland transit visa?

A. Swiss transit visa also called an A-visa allows you to transit through a Swiss airport to take a connecting flight to a non-Schengen country. You need to do this without leaving the international transit area of the airport.

Q. Do I need a Switzerland transit visa?

A. Most of the travellers do not need a transit visa to pass through Switzerland. However, people from countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Turkey do need to get a transit visa.

Q. Where to apply for transit visa to Switzerland?

A. You need to apply at the TLS visa centre in UK. You can apply at your nearest centre like in London, Manchester or Edinburg.

Q. What are the documents required for transit visa to Switzerland?

A. You'll need to submit the following documents

  • Completed visa application form
  • Valid passport
  • Confirmed return flight ticket
  • UK residency permit
  • Cover letter with the specific purpose of your visit
  • Accommodation and financial proof
  • Passport size photos

Q. How much does a Switzerland transit visa cost?

A. The fees to apply for Switzerland transit visa with us is £299 only. Everything from appointment booking to our service charges are included in this cost. You need to pay the visa charges at visa centre.

Q. How long does it take to get a transit visa for Switzerland airport?

A. As the processing time vary depending on personal circumstances, it is recommended to apply at least 15 days before your planned trip.

Q. Can you leave airport transit visa?

A. No, this visa is only given to transit through Swiss airport and catch the connecting flight for your final destination. That means you cannot leave the airport international transit area in any circumstances.

Q. Is transit visa different from Schengen visa?

A. Yes, the transit visa is specifically given for airport transit and does not allow you to enter into the Schengen area.

Q. What if my final destination is Schengen area?

A. If you are traveling to Schengen region you need a Schengen tourist visa to enter and explore the country.