Entering Switzerland

Entering Switzerland

Can I enter Switzerland?

The regulations on entering Switzerland depend on your nationality, how long you want to stay in Switzerland and why. In general, a distinction is made between persons from EU/EFTA states and those from third countries. The regulations also depend on whether you want to work in Switzerland.

Do I require a visa?

If you are a citizen of an EU or EFTA state, you do not require a visa to enter Switzerland. If you are a citizen of a non-EU or EFTA state, please check the overview of ID and visa provisions to see if you require a visa. If you have a visa of category C or D of another Schengen member state, this visa is also valid for Switzerland during its period of validity.

Where and how can I apply for a visa?

In certain cases you can apply for a visa online. You can find out whether this is possible in our  online visa system. If you cannot apply for a visa online, you can submit a visa application at a Swiss embassy or consulate.

There are two different application forms. If you want to stay in Switzerland for less than 90 days, you must apply for a Schengen visa. For long-term stays, you must apply for a national type D visa.

Last modification 01.09.2023

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