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Entry into Switzerland with UK C-Visa ?

Hi All,

I am currently working in switzerland holding a L-permit. I would like to invite my cousin from UK, who is an Indian resident but is in UK on a C-Visa(Business).

Does she need to apply for a Swiss Visa or can she get the Swiss Visa on arrival since she holds a C-Visa of UK?

please share any knowledge on this topic.

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Re: Entry in Swiss with UK C-Visa ?

in theory if your cousin holds a valid UK visa then she may be allowed [additional] visa-free entry into Switzerland.

You would be best asking at the Swiss embassy in order to avoid disappointment.
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Re: Entry in Swiss with UK C-Visa ?

Lob, thanks for a quickie. The information you've provided helps, but at the same time i've been trying to get in touch with Swiss Embassy London over the phone an email, but no luck. They do not take visa queries over the fone and have not got a reply via mail.

I've tried searching Swiss Embassy's number in Zurich/Bern but could'nt find any. Can you help me with that?
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Re: Entry in Swiss with UK C-Visa ?

Actually, there isn't a Swiss Embassy in Switzerland. however, the BFM might be able to assist you. Their details are:

Main Eng page: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home.html

Work Related visas / permits for Non-EU
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/misc/...tools/kontakte

Entry issues
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/misc/...tools/kontakte

Entry Factsheet
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/..._einreise.html

Hope the links are useful.

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Re: Entry in Swiss with UK C-Visa ?

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Lob, thanks for a quickie. The information you've provided helps, but at the same time i've been trying to get in touch with Swiss Embassy London over the phone an email, but no luck. They do not take visa queries over the fone and have not got a reply via mail.

I've tried searching Swiss Embassy's number in Zurich/Bern but could'nt find any. Can you help me with that?
You will not find a Swiss embassy inside Switzerland, they don't exist.

You could try the Ausländeramt (Foreigner office?) for the Kanton (state? province?) you reside in.
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I am currently working in switzerland holding a L-permit. I would like to invite my cousin from UK, who is an Indian resident but is in UK on a C-Visa(Business).

Does she need to apply for a Swiss Visa or can she get the Swiss Visa on arrival since she holds a C-Visa of UK?

please share any knowledge on this topic.

greetings,
Banmeet
Hi All,

I just got the undermentioned reply from the Swiss Consulate London::
***********************
Dear Sir / Madam

Referring to your email I inform you that any national with a UK C-visitors visa has to apply in their own country of residence for a visa. This Embassy is not authorized to give a visa.

Yours faithfully

Eugénie Blessing
Vice-Consul
Embassy of Switzerland
16 - 18 Montagu Place, London W1H 2BQ
UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7616 6000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7723 9581

www.swissembassy.org.uk
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Re: No Entry in Swiss with UK C-Visa

you obviously asked the wrong question. "Can my cousin visit Swizterland from date A to date B without needing a visa? She has UK XYZ which is valid until ddmmyy".
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Re: No Entry in Swiss with UK C-Visa

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Hi All,

I just got the undermentioned reply from the Swiss Consulate London::
***********************
Dear Sir / Madam

Referring to your email I inform you that any national with a UK C-visitors visa has to apply in their own country of residence for a visa. This Embassy is not authorized to give a visa.

Yours faithfully

Eugénie Blessing
Vice-Consul
Embassy of Switzerland
16 - 18 Montagu Place, London W1H 2BQ
UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7616 6000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7723 9581

www.swissembassy.org.uk
**********************************
In other words - your cousin needs to do the leg work, and not you. Give them the phone number / email of the embassy and get them to ask the question themselves. I can't really see how anyone else on this forum could be of assistance to you with this matter to be honest.
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Re: No Entry in Swiss with UK C-Visa

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Hi All,

I just got the undermentioned reply from the Swiss Consulate London::
***********************
Dear Sir / Madam

Referring to your email I inform you that any national with a UK C-visitors visa has to apply in their own country of residence for a visa. This Embassy is not authorized to give a visa.

Yours faithfully

Eugénie Blessing
Vice-Consul
Embassy of Switzerland
16 - 18 Montagu Place, London W1H 2BQ
UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7616 6000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7723 9581

www.swissembassy.org.uk
**********************************
I don't know why I never answered earlier...

With visas and with very few exceptions(such as Schengen and some ex USSR states) they are issued by the embassy of the country you wish to visit located in the country in which you are resident. If your cousin has a C-Visa for the UK she is a visitor there and not a resident. She will therefore need to return to her country of residence and apply at the Swiss Embassy there. For Switzerland there are no work arounds unless she wants to seek asylum here!
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Re: Entry into Switzerland with UK C-Visa ?

My cousin got in touch with the Swiss Consulate in UK and they confirmed her that she would have to apply for a visitors visa for switzerland from her country of residence. Only foreign nationals with a work visa of UK or british nationals can travel to switzerland without a visa.

Thanks everyone, for sharing your knowledge. I really appreciate it!
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Re: Entry into Switzerland with UK C-Visa ?

I am planning to travel Switzerland on March 21st, 2008 for 3 days. I am a Indian national holding UK permit and the Entry Clearance stated with multiple entries. However, I have my visa which is going to expire on May 15th, 2008 (as they have given from Nov 07 to May 08).

I want to know whether I would require a Swiss visa. If not required, whether there is any clause on validity of UK visa should be 6 months for travling to Swiss.

I appreciate if someone can help me on this.

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Re: Entry into Switzerland with UK C-Visa ?

Hi,

I wanted to inform you that I had traveled to Switzerland last week. I did not have any issues with UK work permit. Prior to my travel, I had mailed to Swiss embassy in India and they informed me that I do not require any visa for my travel.

However, when I had read in one of the sites that we would be requiring Schengen visa for traveling to Swiss after Sep or Nov 2008.

-Chander
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