Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

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.

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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.

Novel Coronavirus

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the counters of the Chancellery of the Swiss Embassy are only open to the public by appointment. In order to guarantee the respect of security measures and social distancing, only a limited number of people will be allowed simultaneously in the waiting room. This may result in a longer waiting time outside the Embassy, for which we apologize. Accompanying persons will in principle not be accepted. Clients are requested to wear a protective mask throughout their visit to the Embassy. For all consular matters, the Embassy can be reached at any time by e-mail tunis@eda.admin.ch or by phone +216 71 191 997, Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00.

Entry to Switzerland:

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has adapted Ordinance 3 COVID-19 and Tunisia is again considered a country at risk starting 03.11.2020. Entry into Switzerland is only possible in exceptional and special cases (list of exceptions).

Please note that the restrictions on entry into Switzerland do not apply to persons who are Swiss citizens, who benefit from the agreement on the free movement of persons or who are in a situation of absolute necessity. It is up to the competent border control authority to assess whether absolute necessity is proven.

In order to be able to assess whether entry and a possible visa application is possible due to a particular case, please send your written request, together with supporting documents, to the following e-mail address: tunis.visa@eda.admin.ch

In addition to the measures mentioned above, all persons travelling to Switzerland, regardless of their means of transport, must register their personal data on the FOPH's site. This procedure must be followed for every journey in Switzerland. 

In addition, persons entering Switzerland by air must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old. Travellers are checked before boarding the plane.

Entry to Tunisia and recommendations to travellers:

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs the population of developments in the situation related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and issues recommendations to travellers going abroad. These recommendations can be found on the FOPH's web page.
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) also provides recommendations for travel abroad, particularly on potential risks and how to prevent them. 

The Tunisian authorities regularly update the conditions that apply to the entry into Tunisia of Swiss citizens and persons coming from Switzerland. When preparing for a possible trip to Tunisia, please regularly consult the websites of the competent authorities or contact the Tunisian Embassy in Switzerland for further information.

For more information on the measures taken by Tunisia, a hotline has been opened by the Tunisian authorities: +216 80 10 19 19. In case of symptoms, call the SAMU (Emergency medical service) at number 190.

Schengen visas for Slovakia:

Foreign spouses of Slovak citizens may re-apply for a Schengen visa at this representation on presentation of a Slovak marriage certificate. The restrictions remain in force for all other applicants and their applications cannot be processed until further notice.

Visa fraud cases

The Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia would like to draw the attention of our clients to some practices that have been detected in companies that guarantee the obtaining of a visa for Switzerland, and in particular to cases of fraud involving false work contracts.

Please note that the granting of a work or study visa is decided by different offices in Switzerland on the basis of the respective file and that nobody, including no company, can guarantee that you will receive a visa. The Embassy accepts no responsibility for the information that may be provided to you by service companies specialising in assisting in the preparation of applications.

In addition to financial loss, you also risk:

- Identity theft;
- Unauthorised withdrawals from your bank account;
- Misuse of your credit card;
- Spread of computer viruses.

For more information, we recommend the following page: Swiss Crime Prevention (only available in German, French and Italian)

In case of doubt, please contact the visa section of the embassy immediately at the following contact details:

Phone: +216 71 192 030
E-mail: tunis.visa@eda.admin.ch

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.