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.
SEM – Free Movement of Persons Switzerland – EU/EFTA
SEM – Labour / Work permits
Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS)
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS), which records the biometric data of the visa applicant (digital photograph and 10 fingerprints)
All Swiss representations already are connected to VIS. The capture of fingerprints is gradually introduced to the Swiss representations.
SEM - ”Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS)”
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