When you are experiencing the summer season in Qatar, he idea of escaping to a colder destination may cross your mind. Switzerland, with its snow-capped mountains, might be the perfect choice.
As a Philippine passport holder, you will need to obtain a visa to travel to Switzerland. It’s important to note that Switzerland is part of the Schengen area, which means you can apply for a Schengen visa that allows you to visit not only Switzerland but also other countries covered by the agreement. You have the flexibility to apply for the Schengen visa either in person or through a third-party service.
Switzerland Tourist Visa For Filipinos
If you intend to visit Switzerland for a short stay of 90 days or less, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. This requirement applies to Philippine passport holders and individuals not covered by the Schengen and Dublin agreements. You have the option to handle the visa application process yourself or utilize the services of an agency for added convenience.
With a Schengen visa, you can also travel to other countries that fall under the Schengen agreements. However, it’s important to note that the total duration of your stay within these countries should not exceed 90 days.
To visit Switzerland, prepare these documentary requirements:
- Duly filled visa application form.
- Passport photo: Provide a recent passport-sized photo.
- Biometrics collection: Be prepared for biometric data collection during the visa application process.
- Travel medical insurance: Obtain valid travel medical insurance coverage.
- Cover letter indicating the purpose of your travel: Write a letter explaining the purpose of your visit to Switzerland.
- Proof of funds: Provide evidence of your financial means to cover your expenses during your stay.
- Proof of accommodation: Present documents confirming your accommodation arrangements in Switzerland.
- Travel itinerary: Provide a detailed itinerary outlining your planned activities and places to visit.
- Letter from employer: Include a letter from your employer stating your job description, position in the company, and the expected date of your return to work.
Requirements for visiting friends and family in Switzerland:
- If you are visiting friends or family in Switzerland, you will also need the following additional documents:
- Letter of invitation from the host: The letter should clearly state that your hosts will accommodate you during your stay and that you will not overstay your visa. It should also specify the inclusive dates of your stay with them.
- Copy of the host’s passport: Include a copy of your host’s passport as proof of their identity.
- Proof of family relationship (if applicable): Provide birth certificates or marriage certificates to establish your family relationship with your host.
- Proof of financial capability of your sponsor: If your host will be financially supporting you during your visit, include recent payslips and their employment contract as proof of their financial capability. If you will be funding your own expenses, provide documentation of your own financial resources.
Follow these steps to apply for a Switzerland tourist visa:
Step 1. Request an appointment with the Consular Center or the authorized agency to submit your requirements. You can schedule your appointment at www.swiss-visa.ch.
Step 2. Gather all the necessary documentary requirements.
Step 3. Personally submit all the requirements on your appointment
Step 4. Pay the visa fees
Step 5. Wait for the visa to be processed
Step 6. If your application is approved, you will receive a Schengen sticker visa on your passport. In case of rejection, you will receive a letter explaining the reasons for the refusal.
Please note the following visa fee schedules. It is advisable to confirm the fees with the consular office at the time of your application, as they may be subject to change. The visa fees are non-refundable, even if your application is denied.
Adult QAR 330
Children (6-12 years old) QAR 165
Children (6 years old and below) FREE
Address and Contact Details of the Embassy of Switzerland
- Address: Regional Consular Center GCC ℅ Embassy of Switzerland, Villa 60, Zone 66, Wadi al Humra Street 807, Doha, Qatar
- Phone: +974 4020 3400
- Fax + 974 4020 3401
- Email address firstname.lastname@example.org,ch
- Website https://www.eda.admin.ch/doha
Map of the Embassy of Switzerland
To help you better prepare for your application, you can also refer to this YouTube video from May Miranda. She provides a comprehensive list of requirements and offers valuable tips on how to complete the forms accurately. The vlogger also shares information on how you can get flight booking, which is another requirement for your visa application.
While the vlogger is based in the Philippines, she offers insights from her experience in applying for the visa. You can use this information to help you apply with flying colors.
You can watch the full video here:
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on personal experiences that the vlogger shared in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the vlogger by commenting on their video or on their social media accounts.
How to Get to Switzerland from Qatar
The travel time from Qatar to Switzerland is approximately 7 hours. Direct flights are available to Zurich, Basel, or Geneva, with Zurich being the most popular route. In case direct flights are not feasible, you can consider flights to Paris or Milan, and then proceed with a connecting flight to the Swiss airports.
Airlines that provide flights to Switzerland include Qatar Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Etihad Airways, SwissAir, and others. The average cost of an economy-class ticket to Switzerland from Qatar is around $150, offering an affordable travel option.
Places to Visit in Switzerland
Most travelers consider Switzerland as an expensive city to go to. But the idea of its breathtaking landscapes. delectable chocolates, and precision watches makes it worth the effort of saving up for your trip.
Let’s look at some popular destinations to help fill up your itinerary: It’s important to note that Switzerland is renowned for its abundance of lakes, so be prepared to be amazed by the multitude of picturesque lakes to visit.
Begin your Swiss adventure in Bern, the country’s capital, where you can immerse yourself in history. Explore the charming clock towers, visit impressive churches, and admire the captivating sandstone homes. Additionally, you can also visit the History Museum, Einstein Museum, and Bear Park.
Zurich is also another city in Switzerland, and is also close to Bern. This is a good place to go if you like visiting art museums and looking at street art. And if you prefer to be closer to nature, you can also go to Zurich Lake. Enjoy a leisurely drink by the lake, savoring the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
Geneva, another captivating city, offers a harmonious blend of history and picturesque views of Lake Geneva. Explore the United Nations headquarters, the Red Cross, and the Red Crescent Museum. To break away from museums, indulge in a culinary adventure at one of the city’s international restaurants.
Lucerne is another favorite destination, with its medieval guildhalls, decorative buildings and a view of the Lucerne Lake. Enjoy the view of the lake while basking in the Swiss ambience.
After exploring the cities, it’s time to revel in Switzerland’s natural wonders. The iconic Matterhorn, showcased on the packaging of a renowned chocolate brand, will leave you awe-struck. Whether you’re an experienced skier or simply an admirer of beauty, the Matterhorn offers an unforgettable experience.
For adventure seekers, Interlaken is a haven of thrilling outdoor activities. From skydiving to water-skiing and hiking, there’s no shortage of exhilarating options. Keep in mind that Interlaken can get crowded during peak seasons, so plan accordingly.
How to Travel on a Budget in Switzerland
We have mentioned earlier that it can be quite expensive to tour Switzerland. But we know that you will not pass up the chance to see the Alps and other sights that the country has to offer. So here are some tips to help you make the most of your money:
- Select a few places to explore. It would even be better to choose destinations that are near each other so that you will not have to spend more for transportation. You might also want to consider taking the bus or avail of car-sharing options. In case you are feeling adventurous, and comfortable, you could hitchhike.
- Save on meals by cooking your food. If your accommodation has a functional kitchen, take advantage of it and avoid dining out frequently. Embrace the opportunity to try Swiss cheese and incorporate it into your homemade meals. If cooking is not an option, explore ready-made meals available in supermarkets.
- Did you know that tap water is safe to drink in Switzerland? Save money by avoiding bottled water and investing in a reusable travel water bottle that you can carry with you. Additionally, consider cutting back on ordering expensive beers and wines at restaurants. Instead, purchase bottles from supermarkets and enjoy them at your accommodation.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does the visa processing take?
Visa processing typically takes around 15 days. However, please note that some Schengen states require a thorough review of all visa applications. To be safe, it’s recommended to start your visa application process around 6 months before your intended trip.
- Can I fill out the visa application form by hand?
Yes, in some cases, you can use either black or blue ink to fill out the form. However, certain agencies may provide fillable PDF forms for you to complete electronically.
To visit Switzerland for a short stay, you need a Schengen visa. Required documents include passport, photos, application form, bank statements, and possibly a letter of invitation. Schedule an embassy appointment, submit documents, provide biometrics, and pay the fee. Processing takes about 15 days. With the visa, stay up to 90 days in Switzerland.