Do I need a national visa?

My nationality Obligation to hold a visa (yes/no)
Australia No
Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea  Yes 

For citizens of Australia

Australian citizens do not need any visa to enter Switzerland.

However, you will need to apply for an assurance of a residence permit directly with the competent Office of Migration of the Canton of your future place of domicile before you enter Switzerland.

Therefore please contact the local immigration authority for any questions:
Cantonal immigration and labour market authorities

Study in Switzerland

The future University in Switzerland has to submit the application for the assurance of a residence permit, to take up studies, directly with the Office of Migration of the Canton of the future study place in Switzerland. The Consulate General is not involved in this process.

Other nationalities

For other nationalities, please refer to the list on the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

SEM – Overview of ID and visa provisions according to the nationality (Annex 1, List 1: nationality)

If you are obliged to hold a visa, please submit your application in duplicate and refer to the information on the webpage:

Where to apply for a national visa?

If you are not obliged to hold a visa, you are allowed to enter Switzerland without visa. However you are obliged to register within 14 days on arrival in Switzerland at the competent cantonal authority of your place of residence.