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.
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 are already connected to VIS and all foreign representative offices of the Schengen member states in Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) started to capture the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa on 12 October 2015.
More information regarding the introduction of the VIS and the capture of biometric data is available on the European Union's VIS leaflet and on the European Commission's website.