Mission of Switzerland to the European Union © FDFA

Ambassador's welcoming address

Welcome message of the head of the Swiss Mission, which represents Switzerland’s interests and positions vis-à-vis the EU in Brussels

Ignazio Cassis © FDFA

Statements by the Foreign Minister

The Swiss foreign minister, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, on the importance of good relations between Switzerland and the EU

Issues All Issues

A yellow protection helmet hanging from scaffolding on a building site

Free movement of persons – opening up step-by-step

The agreement on the free movement of persons enables citizens from Switzerland and the EU member states to freely choose their place of work and place of domicile within the territories of the contracting parties

A border guard checks a Swiss passport and ID card

Schengen/Dublin – a common border

The Schengen Association Agreement facilitates travel between Switzerland and the EU by eliminating identity controls at the internal borders of the Schengen Area

Employee at 3S Swiss Solar Systems checking a solar module © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

Research – a fruitful cooperation

Fruitful cooperation with the EU in the field of scientific research has also contributed to the high profile of Switzerland’s cutting-edge research and boosted its standing as a research location

Package approachl. © FDFA

Package approach

The package approach comprises a number of thematic elements, including new agreements and institutional solutions.

Novel Coronavirus

For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) kindly consult the information and directives of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organisation WHO.

Link to local Ministry (Belgium)

Link to local Ministry (Luxemburg)

Link to local Ministry (Netherlands)


On state level, the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland (FHPO) informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.


The Travel Advice FDFA (in German, French and Italian) offers travelers basic information for travel preparation by informing on possible risks and certain precautions. They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.

Travel Advice FDFA

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact the Embassy in the Netherlands / The Hague directly (Tel. +31 70 364 28 31).

FDFA Helpline

For further information on the current situation in Belgium, kindly refer to the Swiss Embassy's website: Swiss Embassy to Belgium 

Switzerland-EU Institutional Agreement

No signing of Swiss–EU institutional agreement 

At its meeting on 26 May, the Federal Council undertook an overall evaluation of the outcome of the negotiations on the institutional framework agreement (InstA).

Press release

#SwissEUrelations – a first rank partnership https://youtu.be/VenuUDQayUs