Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland
Convictions and information
The sole fact that a person is no longer being prosecuted in his home country does not guarantee an entrance into Switzerland respectively the Schengen area without complications. Critical are the inscriptions in the Swiss and/or European data bases where the person entering Switzerland respectively the Schengen area is not allowed to be publicised for arrest or refusal of entry.
This factsheet explains how to access the relevant information. Please note that this Embassy is not involved and able to assist you in this process.
In case of a conviction in New Zealand, you also have the possibility to inquire with an attorney at law in order to find out if your conviction has been registered in a Swiss and/or European data base.
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.
Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain types of visa, depending on the purpose of the intended stay in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.
Information for citizens of EU and EFTA countries
Citizens of EU and EFTA countries will find information regarding admission requirements and employment on the webpages of the SEM.