Swiss Visa Desk in Tokyo

Information about travel to Switzerland related to COVID-19

Information about travel to Switzerland, quarantine, entry form, vaccination certificate and negative COVID-19 TEST

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland please consult the online FOPH - Travel Check.

The State Secretariat of Migration (SEM) considers effective 27 September, Japan again as a high-risk country. Due to the spread of the new Virus variant Omicron, Japan has been added to the list of countries with a variant of concern as of 30.11.2021.

Therefore, any person over 16 years of age entering Switzerland must present a negative test result. Any person must quarantine for 10 days. This rule also applies for vaccinated and recovered persons.

Health/COVID-19 requirements are the responsibility of the Federal Office of Public Health: All the necessary information.

For fully vaccinated foreign nationals travelling from Japan to Switzerland, the regular entry requirements continue to apply. For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please consult the following website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

However, entry restrictions apply for foreign nationals travelling from Japan who are not fully vaccinated, who are without rights of free movement, or who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid 19 Regulation 3. For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

Children, who cannot be vaccinated due to their age, are allowed to enter Switzerland with their vaccinated accompanying persons (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers).

Mandatory for all airline passengers travelling from Japan to Switzerland:

  • Quarantine of 10 days. For further information on quarantine and COVID Test requirements, please see the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.
  • Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed electronic entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the entry to Switzerland in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false. You can find here a graphic explaining the process:  New rules on entering Switzerland (PDF, 358.9 kB, English).
  • a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a rapid antigen test in English (if older than 16 years), taken no more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before departure
  • Present one of the following medical documents (if older than 16 years):
  1. a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that you were fully vaccinated within the last 12 months with an approved vaccine
  2. a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken within the last 6 months and a COVID-19 recovery medical certificate

If your trip to Switzerland includes transit through another foreign country, you must also check the entry restrictions of that country. Each airline has its own rules for combatting the pandemic. It is therefore strongly recommended to contact your airline in time, in order to confirm the boarding requirements.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specific rules apply for people entering Switzerland. For further information on quarantine and COVID Test requirements, please see the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

For further information, please consult the COVID-19-Ordinance or the website of the State Secretariat of Migration. Other countries might be on the list of risk countries of the SEM. Entry restrictions continue to apply for entry from these states. The list will be adjusted as necessary. We therefore recommend that you consult the website of the SEM regularly for more information.

Information on converting a foreign COVID certificate to a Swiss Covid certificate 

It is possible for travelers to Switzerland to convert a foreign COVID certificate to a Swiss COVID certificate (if vaccinated with an EU recognized vaccine). The conversion costs CHF 30 and takes up to 5 days to be processed.

Please visit FOPH - I was vaccinated abroad. How can I get a COVID certificate? for further details or apply directly online here: National COVID certificate application platform.

Re-entry into Japan for foreign nationals with status of residence who are returning from specific countries can still be denied. Please consult the following webpage for details: MOFA - Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID19

For more information regarding visa applications please visit the following website Visa entry to Switzerland.

Following further links might be useful:

Schengen visa application for stays up to 90 days 

Only duly completed applications are accepted. Incomplete applications (items not presented/missing photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to enter the Schengen Area vary depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason: Schengen visa requirements.

Online visa application form

All applicants for a Schengen visa (type C, stays up to 90 days) have to complete the visa application form online. Please go to www.swiss-visa.ch.

At the end of the process, you have to print the application and click send to transmit the data online to the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Embassy”).

Sign the printed PDF form and submit it to the Embassy with all the required documents. Make sure you have the complete file with all the needed documents or your application will be reject: Schengen visa requirements.

Personal Appearance

If your finger prints have not yet been collected, personal appearance is mandatory (absolutely no exceptions). You will need to schedule an appointment through www.swiss-visa.ch.

If your fingerprints have been collected within the last 59 months for a Schengen visa, you will not have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application and personal appearance is not necessary. Please provide a photocopy of all Schengen visas issued within the last 59 months, in addition to all other required documents: Schengen visa requirements. In case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality, you will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints.

Personal appearance and fingerprints is not necessary for children under the age of 12.

The Embassy still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking the application.

Appointment system

Residents living within our consular district, who are applying for their first Schengen visa or have not received a Schengen visa within the last 59 months need to apply in person with an appointment. If you qualify for mailing your visa application (see Personal Appearance), but you prefer to file in person, you need to schedule an appointment.

Appointments must be booked through www.swiss-visa.ch after submitting the online application (see Online Visa Application Form).

Walk-ins are not accepted. Each individual applicant requires an appointment. This also applies to each member of a group application. Do not schedule several appointments for the same person. No appointments can be scheduled by e-mail, at the counter or by phone. 

The waiting time for an appointment may be up to three weeks, especially during high season. It is suggested, that you apply at least one month prior to departure, but not more than six months before the planned entry into the Schengen area.

Only duly completed applications are accepted. Incomplete applications (items not presented/missing photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to enter the Schengen Area vary depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason: Schengen visa requirements.

Requirements

Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason for the requested documents. If necessary, you might be asked to bring/send additional documents. Schengen visa requirements

Questions

General visa questions are not answered. Please visit first the FAQ Page. Only if you have a specific question, which is not answered on the Swiss Visa Desk website, you can send an email to tokyo.visa@eda.admin.ch indicating your first name, family name, date of birth, nationality and visa application online ID. 

Long stay visas (stays more than 90 days, Type D visa application)

Only duly completed applications are accepted. Incomplete applications (items not presented/missing photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to obtain a long-term visa vary, depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your reason of stay: National visa requirements.

There are different types of long stay visas, e.g. family reunion, student, work, international organizations, general residence. Some long stay visas are pre-approved by the Swiss authorities and can be collected using a simple process at the Embassy. Other long stay visa applications will need to be initiated at the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan. For more information, please see here: National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

Please mail in your complete long stay visa application to the Embassy. The Swiss representation still reserves the right, to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking the application.

Your valid passport must have been issued within the last ten years and must have at least two empty pages. The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the planned stay.

A passport that has been extended for a period exceeding ten years from the time of issuance cannot be accepted. Please make sure your passport is signed. 

General visa questions are not answered. Please visit first the FAQ Page. Only if you have a specific question, which is not answered on the Swiss Visa Desk website, you can send an email to tokyo.visa@eda.admin.ch indicating your first name, family name, date of birth and nationality.

International Organizations (UN, WHO, IMO, CERN etc.) 

Any internship or employment (less than 90 days, as well as more than 90 days) at an international organization in Geneva requires a visa. Please contact us via email for more detailed information on how to obtain the visa (tokyo.visa@eda.admin.ch).

Mailing

Passport with issued visas can be returned by mail to the applicant. In this case, please provide a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope with a tracking number of a secure carrier. Applicants must indicate their name and address as both sender and recipient. The Swiss representation does not assume any liability for loss of documents submitted or returned by mail.

Payment options

The Schengen visa fee should be paid during the online application process in Euro with a valid credit card.

If that is not possible, the fee can be paid in cash (JPY) at the time of your appointment at the embassy.

If you apply by mail, fees have to be sent by registered postal cash envelope (genkin kakitome / 現金書留) / Currency registration).

Look up the current Schengen visa fee or National visa fee.