Visas

General entry and visa conditions for people living in Croatia

Entry into Switzerland for Croatian citizens: 

Croatian citizens are entitled to enter Switzerland without a visa on the basis of the following travel documents:

  • passport; this travel document must be valid until the end of the stay, i.e. must be valid at the time of leaving Switzerland

If you have any additional questions please contact the appropriate customs authorities:

Customs directorates

The passport must be valid until the end of the stay, i.e. must be valid at the time of leaving Switzerland.

Please note: 

Croatian citizens who wish to stay in Switzerland for longer than 3 months (study, residence, family reunion or marriage in Switzerland with subsequent residence - visa category D) or intend to take up employment (including chauffeurs and journalists) ( even if for a period of less than 3 months) must apply for a visa at the Swiss Regional Consular Center in Vienna.

Entry for non-Croatian citizens living in Croatia:  

Visa applications for a stay of up to 3 months (short stay, Schengen visa, Type C: tourism, visitor, business, medical treatment, study for a period of less than 3 months) must be submitted to the Austrian Embassy in Zagreb (Republic of Austria) (see below), which locally represents Switzerland in visa matters for the categories mentioned: 

Embassy of Republic of Austria
Radnicka cesta 80/IX
HR-10000 Zagreb / Croatia
E-Mail: agram-ob@bmeia.gv.at
Internet: www.bmeia.gv.at/botschaft/agram/die-botschaft.html
Phone:+385 (1) 48 81 050
Fax: + 385 (1) 48 34 461 

Please note: 

People with residence in Croatia who wish to stay in Switzerland for longer than 3 months (study, residence, family reunion or marriage in Switzerland with subsequent residence - visa category D) or intend to take up employment (including chauffeurs and journalists) or visit Switzerland for medical reasons (even if for a period of less than 3 months) must apply for a visa at the Swiss Regional Consular Center in Vienna. Visa applications from holders of diplomatic, service/official or special passports who are not citizens of the country in which the relevant Austrian representative authorities are situated, must also submit their applications directly to the Regional Consular Center Vienna for processing.

Schengen / Dublin

Schengen / Dublin represents the coordinated efforts of the EU member states to extend the individual freedoms of its citizens whilst also making far-reaching improvements to security within Europe.

On Friday, 12 December 2008, the Schengen association agreement with Switzerland came into force. Since this time Schengen visas have been accepted for entry into Switzerland.

You can find additional information concerning the conditions for the issuance of visas in the information given below and the documents listed on the right. In addition, information is provided by the Regional Consular Center Vienna, and can also be found at Swiss representations abroad, Cantonal immigration and labour market authorities or the Federal Office for Migration.

Entry into Switzerland (Schengen area) for non-Swiss and non-EU citizens

A number of different regulations apply for entry into Switzerland (e.g. those for tourists, students, employed persons, and retired persons). It is worth clarifying these before you arrive. If you intend to travel to Switzerland, are expecting a visit from someone from abroad, or would like to invite someone to Switzerland, the information sheet for entry into Switzerland (listed on the right hand side of this page) could prove useful.

  • For short-term stays of up to a maximum of 3 months as part of six months' stay in the wider Schengen area, you will need a visa. You can fill out the Schengen visa application form online.
  • For long-term stays in Switzerland that are longer than three months and require an official permit, you will need a national visa D. The visa application form for a national visa D can likewise be filled out online.

Bulletin «Entry in Switzerland» (PDF, Page 1, 39.3 kB, English)
Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality
FAQ – Frequently asked questions concerning the Entry

List of the residence documents issued by EU/EFTA member states

List of the residence documents issued by EU/EFTA member states (PDF, Number of pages 78, 255.4 kB, German)(de)

Visa regulations (de)

Student visa

As previously, all non EU/EEA citizens require a visa.
For a stay of more than 90 days (3 months) for the purpose of study or schooling (e.g. attendance at a hotel management school, study at a state or cantonal college or university, etc.)

Student visa (PDF, Number of pages 2, 78.9 kB, English)

Family reunion

As previously, all non EU/EEA citizens who intend to move in together with a relative living in Switzerland require a visa.

Family reunion visa (PDF, Page 1, 20.1 kB) (de)

Work visa

As previously, all non EU/EEA citizens who intend to work in Switzerland require a visa.

Work visa (PDF, Page 1, 96.3 kB, German)

If you temporarily send employees to Switzerland for the provision of services

You can find all the necessary information here.

Posting of workers (de)

Registration procedure for short-term employment for foreigners with a residence permit from one of the 25 EU/EFTA member states

Please read the instructions provided in the link below very carefully and where necessary complete the online registration form.

Registration procedure for short-term employment

Stays in Switzerland for EU/EFTA citizens and non-EU/EFTA citizens

Anyone who wants to work in Switzerland during their stay or who wishes to stay in Switzerland for longer than three months will require a permit. This will be issued by the Cantonal Migration Offices. A distinction is made between a short-term residence permit (less than 1 year), a fixed-term residence permit and an open-ended residence permit.

You can find the various residence permits for nationals of the member states of EU/EFTA at the following link:

The various residence permits for nationals of EC and EFTA member states

You can find the various residence permits for other countries at the following link:

The various residence permits for nationals of other countries

Further information can be obtained from the website of the Federal Office for Migration (FOM).