Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on entry and travel regulations to Switzerland

As of Monday, 24th of January 2022, Switzerland has re-open their borders to travellers that are Covid-19 fully vaccinated and/or recovered and travel for business, visits, and tourists purposes. Entry requirements due to the pandemic continue to apply for third-country nationals traveling to Switzerland.

If you are not fully vaccinated, entry into Switzerland is possible only if your purpose of travelling meets the special necessity situation. For more information please click here.

For information on which vaccination is accepted to enter Switzerland, please read the following website.

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck

For sanitary protocol (PCR test, quarantine, etc.) and health-related measures at the Swiss border / in Switzerland, please contact the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH

Everyone entering or transiting Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to complete the electronic entry form via a computer or smartphone 48 hours at the earliest prior to travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand at all times and must be presented at the Check-in at the departure airport.

The Embassy of Switzerland recommends all passengers to follow the guidelines of the airlines when/for boarding the aircraft (e.g. present a Covid-19 negative test prior boarding the airplane). In this regards, please contact the relative airline company directly.

Please note that condition may change quickly and at any time. The Embassy is committed to publish the latest information on a regular basis but cannot assume any liability.

Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.

SEM

Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example, in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc.

Airport transit visa

For citizens of certain countries who need a transit visa even if they are staying in the international transit area of the airport and do not enter the Schengen territory.

Labour / Work permits

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to the authorisation of the competent cantonal authority. The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.