Introduction of VIS (Visa Information System)
Starting from November 14, 2013, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in the Philippines have to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.
For further information: https://www.sem.admin.ch/dam/data/sem/einreise/vis/leaflet-vis-en.pdf
If your fingerprints have not been collected yet, personal appearance when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory.
If your finger scans were collected within the last 59 months and a visa with the mention "VIS" has been granted, then you won’t have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary. Please provide copy of your visa sticker issued after […] with the “VIS” mention.
You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints in case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality. Personal appearance and fingerprint scan is not necessary for children under the age of 12 and 80 years old above.
The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking his application.
VISA APPLICATION through a REPRESENTATIVE is allowed if:
POSTAL VISA APPLICATION is allowed if:
Your visa application file must be complete at the time of submission at TLScontact. An incomplete application may lead to a visa refusal by the Swiss Embassy.
Note: Wearing contact lenses altering the appearance of your eye is strictly prohibited during the biometric data capture (color contact lenses, magnifying contact lenses).
To check whether you need to apply through the TLScontact Visa Center or directly at the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila, please check on Jurisdiction page.
The passport collection counter will be open from 13:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday except holidays. Passport collection during the appointment schedule will not be entertained.