Who needs a visa?
Foreign nationals wishing to visit Switzerland for a short period (less than 90 days) may require a visa, depending on the individual’s nationality.
New Zealand citizens are allowed to stay in Switzerland without a visa for a period of up to 90 days, for tourism or business purposes, irrespective of other periods spent in other Schengen countries. Switzerland is one of several Schengen countries that has concluded a bilateral visa waiver agreement with New Zealand. These agreements override certain Schengen area restrictions. For more details, see the website of the EU Delegation to New Zealand.
New Zealand citizens who wish to study, work or simply stay more than 90 days in Switzerland require a residence permit and need to contact, through the future employer or school in Switzerland, the cantonal migration authority of the canton (states) where they wish to study, work or stay.
In case of employment at an official international organization, the future employer in Switzerland will request the issuing of a FDFA legitimation card through the Swiss permanent mission in Geneva. The FDFA legitimation card replaces the Swiss residence permit.
Hefty fines might apply in case of overstay, as well as prohibition to enter Switzerland and the Schengen area for up to three years. For further information, please refer to the following document "Visa Waiver for New Zealanders for long-term stays in Switzerland".
Please note that Switzerland requires holders of passports of non-Schengen countries, and therefore including New Zealand citizens, to provide a passport that has been issued within the past 10 years and that will be valid for 3 months after the travelers’ planned departure from the Schengen area.
The Embassy of Switzerland in Wellington only accepts applications from residents (i.e., persons residing in, but not necessarily nationals) of New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.