My itinerary is as described below:

22nd December - Land in Paris ( 9 am)

26th December - Leave from Paris in evening via Bus (5 Days)

27th December - Arrive at Zurich in Morning, Stay till 1st January 3.30pm ( 5.5 days)

1st Jan - Take a flight to Paris from Zurich in afternoon (3.30 pm).

1st Jan - Leave for India from Paris Airport.

Which Embassy should I apply Visa for?

  • 2
    The times are nearly equal. Do you have specific purpose to your visit in either Paris or Zurich? If so, that would be the main destination.
    – o.m.
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 9:11
  • No just Tourism.
    – user53377
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 9:36
  • 2
    Might as well go with France - you start there.
    – Fattie
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 10:37
  • 1
    Unless you do something special in Switzerland that would mark it as the main destination, you should apply to the first Schengen country you will enter, namely France.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 14:13
  • 1
    @AliAwan was right. The criteria is based on more number of nights and not on days.
    – user53377
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 19:08

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According to schengen visa rules, you should apply where you would be staying maximum number of days. If you are spending equal number of days in schengen countries, then you will have to apply where you will be entering first.

In your case you are staying 4 nights (22 December to 25 December) in France and also France is your first port of entry, but also you are staying 5 nights Switzerland (27 December to 31st December). Therefore Switzerland is your main destination and you should apply to Switzerland. Schengen Embassies/Consulates or VFS counts Schengen stay by calculating according to booking. Since you are travelling on 26 at night that means 26 would not be counted. you will also have to provide bus tickets for 26 December with your itinerary.

These are all contact details for Switzerland Visa centers (India):


  • Why wouldn't the 26th be counted? It's about total time spent in the country, not nights spent in a hotel.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 14:28
  • @JonathanReez because on 26 he will be travelling on a bus
    – Ali Awan
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 14:29
  • His bus wouldn't leave France until the 27th, so he would be considered to have spent the 26th there.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 14:29
  • @JonathanReez why the downvote, thats how schengen counts i have obtained more than 15 times schenegn visa
    – Ali Awan
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 14:29
  • @JonathanReez on 26 leaving the bus in the evening
    – Ali Awan
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 14:30

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