Third state members in possession of both a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen member state or a valid type D visa and a recognized travel document are exempt from visa requirements.
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Holders of a diplomatic or service passport are exempt from visa requirements if they wish to enter into Switzerland: on an official mission or for other travel purposes without exercising a gainful occupation.
Obligation to hold a visa with regard to exercising gainful occupation:
- in the primary or secondary construction industry and civil engineering, catering and hotel services, industrial and private cleaners, surveillance and security services, and erotic services;
- gainful occupation of any another kind, if such occupation exceeds 8 days within a calendar year.
Exemption to hold a visa with regard to exercising gainful occupation:
- Holders of a longterm residence permit issued by a Schengen member state or a valid type D visa, provided they also hold a recognized travel document.
Visa exemption is a temporary provision, subject to the Federal Council’s approval of the amendment to the Ordinance on Entry and Visa Procedure.