Visa – Entry to Switzerland and residency
Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of EU and EFTA countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration is the responsible authority in Switzerland.
Information/reminders for entering the Schengen area can be useful if you are planning to visit Switzerland, expecting a visitor from abroad, or wish to invite someone from abroad. You will find information about entering into Switzerland (requirements, short-stay calculator, visa obligation, etc.) on the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
Third-country nationals, regardless of their visa obligation status, can use the short-stay calculator to calculate the number of days available for short stays of no more than 90 days in any 180-days period within the Schengen Area.
Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS)
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS), which records the biometric data of the visa applicant (digital photograph and 10 fingerprints)
All Swiss representations already are connected to VIS. The capture of fingerprints is gradually introduced to the Swiss representations.