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 from the Regional Consular Centre London
Applications for Schengen visas with Switzerland as the main destination can be submitted through VFS Global offices in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Manchester. Charges apply for these services.
To book an appointment at the Regional Consular Centre, Embassy of Switzerland, in London please call the VFS Global helpline on +44 (0)20 3411 06 90.
Applications for the following permits and visas can be submitted in person at the Regional Consular Centre London, without prior appointment (Monday to Friday 10.00am to 11.30am, except on British and Swiss public holidays):
National visa for a stay of more than 90 days
- Spouse permit
- Student permit
- Authorised work permit
- Diplomatic permit
- Visa for internship in an international organisation (e.g. United Nations)
Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days
- Diplomatic visa
- EU Spouse visa
- Visa for invitations through international organisations (e.g. United Nations)
For requirements visit VFS Global
With the introduction of biometric visas all visa applications must be submitted in person as fingerprints have to be taken.
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