Switzerland visa requirements for Rwandans

Travel and visa requirements

Basic Travel Requirements for Rwandans visiting Switzerland

Travelers are required to fulfill the following requirements in order to apply for a Swiss Visa.


  • Fully completed and signed visa application form.
  • 2 recently taken passport-size photographs, taken with a light background and conforming fully to the Swiss visa photo requirements specifications.
  • An original passport with at least two blank pages, valid for at least three months beyond your intended return date, is required. 
  • A roundtrip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Switzerland.
  • Travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 within Switzerland and the entire Schengen Area to cover for expenses for personal accident, urgent medical treatment or any other medical emergencies.
  • A cover letter, including your itinerary, stating the purpose of your visit to Switzerland.
  • Proof of accommodation for the entire duration of your intended stay in Switzerland.
  • Proof of financial means for the entire period of stay in Switzerland.
  • Proof of paid visa fee. €60 for adults and €35 for children from 6 to 12 years old.

Switzerland Visa for Rwandans

Facts about Switzerland


Switzerland is a top destination for tourists and business people alike. Banking and finance are major industries in the country and it is little wonder the country has the highest nominal wealth per adult in the world. Tourism is no way abandoned in the country. There are a lot of attractions tourists can visit when they are in the country. Ski resorts and hiking trails are aplenty in the country. The country’s landscape is a sight to behold.

An average of 2.2 million visitors arrives in the country monthly to appreciate the beautiful landscape of the country.

In the city of Ticino, which is the Italian-speaking section of Switzerland, it is a crime to veil ones the face in public places. Doing so could attract a fine between the range of CHF100 to CHF10,000.

Types of Switzerland Visa


Types of Visa Processing Time Duration of Stay
Tourist visa 15 days 90 days
Business visa 15 days 90 days
Student visa 8-12 weeks More than 90 days
Work visa 8-12 weeks More than 90 days

General Requirements for Switzerland Visa


  • Fully completed and signed visa application form.
  • 2 recently taken passport-size photographs, taken with a light background and conforming fully to the Swiss visa photo requirements specifications.
  • An original passport with at least two blank pages, valid for at least three months beyond your intended return date, is required. 
  • A roundtrip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Switzerland.
  • Travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 within Switzerland and the entire Schengen Area to cover for expenses for personal accident, urgent medical treatment or any other medical emergencies.
  • A cover letter, including your itinerary, stating the purpose of your visit to Switzerland.
  • Proof of accommodation for the entire duration of your intended stay in Switzerland.
  • Proof of financial means for the entire period of stay in Switzerland.
  • Proof of paid visa fee. €60 for adults and €35 for children from 6 to 12 years old.

Switzerland Visa Fees


Visa Type

Sub Types

Visa Fees

Tourist visa

60.00 (CHF)

Business visa

60.00 (CHF)

Student visa

60.00 (CHF)

Work visa

60.00 (CHF)

Switzerland Visa Application Centres & Embassies in Rwanda


Location

Address

Kigali

KN 65 St, Kigali, Rwanda

kigali.ca@eda.admin.ch

+250 252 575 534

Frequently Asked Questions


How can I make a visa application appointment?

You can apply for your Switzerland visa and book an appointment online 9 weeks before your intended travel date. Please note that you must be ready to submit your completed visa application form before seeking an appointment.


Where can I submit my Switzerland visa application form in Rwanda?

Your Switzerland visa application form should be submitted to the Embassy of Belgium in Kigali. However, if the Embassy of Belgium is not competent enough to examine your application, you will be informed to personally submit your application to the Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi, Kenya, after you have made an appointment in advance.


Can I spend Euros in Switzerland?

Even though Switzerland is one of the countries in the Schengen Area, it is not part of the European Union and, thus, the Euro is not an official currency in Switzerland. Some establishments easily accept the Euro but you should not expect that all hotels and shops will accept it. You are advised to exchange the Euro to the Swiss Franc at any bank, airports and mosy railways to be on the safe side.


What is the crime rate in Switzerland?

The crime rate in Switzerland is considered to be very low as less than 70 people got killed in 2011 and a little over 100 got badly injured. Thus, visitors to Switzerland face no grave danger.


What happens if my visa application is refused?

If your visa application is refused, you have the right to appeal the decision. However, your appeal must be submitted within 30 days of receipt of the refusal in writing (German, French or Italian). The appeal may be submitted by your host in Switzerland. If you do not have a host in Switzerland, the appeal may be submitted to the Swiss representation in your home country.