Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

The pandemic related entry restrictions to Switzerland continue to apply to third-country nationals who wish to enter Switzerland directly from the United Kingdom. Exceptions to the entry regulations can be made for cases of special necessity. Furthermore, third-country nationals who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated are allowed to enter Switzerland as of June 26, 2021.

Visa type C (stay up to 90 days), for vaccinated persons Book your appointment at the TLScontact application centre here
Visa type D (stay of more than 90 days),
national visa 
Book your appointment at the Embassy of Switzerland here
Visa type C (stay up to 90 days) for cases of special necessity according to the State Secretariat for Migration FAQ Corona -> What constitutes a case of special necessity Please send an email stating your case and providing supporting documents to London.visa@eda.admin.ch
We are now in the position to accept visa applications. Appointments will be available from August 2021:
We are now in the position to accept visa applications. Appointments will be available from August 2021:

Important Information for British Citizens

UK citizens do not require an entry visa for Switzerland, neither for short stays (up to 90 days in any 180-day period in the whole Schengen Area) nor for long stays (over 90 days).  

However, as of January 1, 2021, the application process and conditions to be fulfilled for Swiss residence, student and work permits for UK citizens have changed. All queries about obtaining the necessary permit for living, studying and working in Switzerland must be addressed directly to the responsible cantonal immigration and labour market authorities and not to this Embassy.

Important Information for holders of British Travel Documents (Convention of 28 July 1951 and Convention of 28 September 1954)

This category of travelers do not need a visa for short stays in Switzerland up to 90 days in any 180-day period. If you are planning on entering the Schengen area through another Schengen state, please check with their respective authorities, whether they have the same entry requirements.

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.

SEM

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.

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.