Visa information for residents of Turkey and Iraq

Visa applications for Swiss Schengen visas must be submitted through our outsourcing agency TLScontact, which then forwards the visa applications from their application centers in Istanbul and Ankara to the Consulate General in Istanbul for further processing.

TLScontact is operating two application centers:
Istanbul: Profilo Shopping Mall, Gulbahar Mah. 5 Yil Sok. N°1D, Sisli/Istanbul

Ankara: Sheraton Hotel, Congress and Cultural Center, on ground level of Boğaz Sokak, Gaziosmanpasa/Ankara

Further information can be found on the website of TLScontact

Biometrics / Personal appearance

Since 25.09.2014, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Turkey are capturing the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data is being kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.

If your finger scans have not been collected yet, personal appearance when applying for a Schengen visa is mandatory. If your finger scans were previously collected (within the last 5 years) and a visa with the mention "VIS" has been granted, then you won’t have to give new finger scans for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not mandatory.

You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints should the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality or should the Consulate General wish to conduct an interview with you.

Finger scans are not required from children under the age of 12.

An information leaflet of the European Union relating to the introduction of the VIS and the capture of biometric data can be found in the following link:

Information leaflet of the European Union (PDF, Number of pages 2, 930.9 kB, English)

EU Commission


To set up an appointment, please contact TLScontact through their website or call-center:

Tel. +90 (0)212 370 31 00, Monday to Friday, from 08:30 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 16:30.

The visa application can be submitted at the earliest 3 months and at the latest 15 days before the scheduled journey.

In certain well justified cases (accident, death, medical treatment, and other unforeseen circumstances) a fast-track appointment can be requested by contacting the Visa Section of the Consulate General in Istanbul directly with detailed information about the emergency.

Applicants who do not wish to submit their application to TLScontact may continue to submit them directly to this Consulate General. Also family members (this includes a spouse, a registered partner, or a child) of Swiss, EU or EFTA citizens, may hand in their application directly at the Consulate General in Istanbul. In both cases, however, it is necessary to make an appointment through TLScontact in advance.

If no appointment has been made in advance, neither TLScontact nor this Consulate General will accept the application.


Visa application form and required documents

On the bottom of this web page you will find the visa application form, detailed information about required documents, and general information about the various visa types for downloading and printing. For residents of Iraq a separate leaflet and an application form in Arabic/English are available.  

Due to the large number of applications with missing documents, TLScontact is instructed not to accept incomplete applications. In case you submit an application with missing documents, you will be asked by TLScontact to complete your application until 14:30 (same day). If until that time the application cannot be completed, you will be given a new appointment.

Contact the visa section in Istanbul

Tel.: +90 212 283 12 93 (Mon–Thu: 15:00–16:30)
Fax: +90 212 283 12 97

It is advisable to reach us via email as the telephone service may be temporarily overloaded because of high caller volume. Emails will be answered within one business day.

Visa free travel

Holders of Turkish diplomatic or special passports can travel visa free for stays up to a maximum of 90 days within 6 months if the journey is not subject to authorization.

Airport Transit Visa

Turkish citizens do need an airport transit visa for Switzerland.

The following categories of persons are exempted from the requirement to hold an airport transit visa:

1) Holders of a valid diplomatic, service or special passport

2) Holders of a valid visa* issued by one of the following states:

- Schengen member state
- Bulgaria
- Cyprus
- Croatia
- Great Britain
- Ireland
- Romania
- Japan
- Canada
- United States of America

*If, after the expiry of the visa, the aforementioned third country nationals do not travel back from one of the listed countries, but from any other third country, the airport visa exemption shall not apply.

3) a. Holders of a valid residence permit, issued by one of the following states:
- Schengen member state
- Bulgaria
- Cyprus
- Croatia
- Great Britain
- Ireland
- Romania

3) b. Holders of a valid residence permit according to annex V of the visa code, issued by one of the following states:
- Andorra
- Canada
- Japan
- San Marino
- United States of America


4) Family members of citizens of the EU

5) Flight crew members who are nationals of a contracting party to the convention on International Civil Aviation dated 7 December 1944

Members of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey

In order to encourage bilateral trade relations between Switzerland and Turkey, members of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey have the following advantages when applying for a visa:

  • Quick buildup of long term multiple entry visa
  • Quick handling of the application (usually the passport can be collected the next working day)
  • Fewer supporting documents needed

The rules apply for Swiss Chamber of Commerce members (and employees of member companies) who travel on business to Switzerland and have already stayed at least once in the Schengen Area.

For further information about the application process, please download our leaflet.

When submitting a visa application, applicants need to provide a letter of recommendation from the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey. To obtain this letter, please contact: