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Swiss Embassy clarifies not suspending visa appointment for Indian tour groups

The Swiss Embassy in New Delhi in a statement has clarified that it has not suspended Schengen visa appointments for Indian tour groups and has almost 800 daily appointments through the end of September 2023. The mission asserted that people-to-people contact is at the core of Swiss-Indian relationship.

“In 2023, the Embassy of Switzerland in India has processed more visa applications than it did in 2019. We have surpassed our pre-pandemic times processing level. From January until June, we handled 129,446 applications, as against 120,071 during the same period in 2019 – a 7.8% increase. The following measures have been implemented since the beginning of this year to further ease the visa application process for Indian applicants,” the statement further read.

First, it is possible for the applicants to apply for their visa six months before their date of travel, as against one month in the past. So, someone wishing to travel in June can already apply for a visa in January, it added.

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