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Entry regulations to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (for Japanese citizens)
Sojourn for more than 90 days consecutive:
The exchange of young professionals (trainee exchange)
Working as an official or for an international organisation in Switzerland:
Entry regulations to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (for Japanese citizens)


Important Information: new rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the Schengen area (Switzerland) starting on 18 October 2013. For details, please refer to the following links.

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise.html Federal Office for Migration (FOM) - About Entry into Switzerland

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/dam/data/migration/einreise/bsp-berechnung-e.pdf Examples - Duration of Stay

Japanese citizens do not need any visa to enter Switzerland. However, in this case you only can stay less than 90 days in total within a period of 180 days. All the duration of your stay in other Schengen countries are also included in this 90 days.


Regulations for passport (starting on 21 August 2013)
*  Must be valid at least 3 months after your scheduled depart from the Schengen countries
*  Must be issued within 10 years 

Liechtenstein:
The entry and passport regulations are the same as for Switzerland.

Sojourn for more than 90 days consecutive:

You will need to apply for an assurance of authorisation of staying permit directly with the competent cantonal authority of your future place of domicile before you enter Switzerland. The contact addresses and Websites can be found on the following link.

If you are married to Swiss citizens, the procedures for obtaining a staying permit should be started after you enter Switzerland. Even so, the Embassy will recommend you to contact the competent cantonal authority to get detailed information before you leave for Switzerland.

Some cantons inform about necessary documents on their Website where the application form also can be downloaded. Please note, that sometimes it might be quicker to look for the information on the Website than to make an email inquiry.

The exchange of young professionals (trainee exchange)

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/arbeit/stagiaireprogramme.html Trainee programmes (Foreign trainees in Switzerland)

Application documents required

  • Two application form (Official application form for trainees)
  • Two employment contract (Standard employment agreement for trainees)
  • University diploma (equal or higher)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reference from the former company (if it’s possible)
  • Passport
  • 550 JPY (mailing cost to Switzerland)
Working as an official or for an international organisation in Switzerland:
The organisation in Switzerland will normally contact the Foreign Ministry directly to obtain a legitimation card on your behalf.
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