Switzerland Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes No No

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Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay. If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

Passport note

Regulations apply to Liechtenstein (no border control between the two countries).

Passengers arriving at Basel or Geneva airports can enter either France or Switzerland, provided their documents for the country of entry are in order; both airports have two different exits, one to France and one to Switzerland. Therefore passengers can exit to the French part of the airport with a valid French or Schengen visa if required.

The airport of Basel/Mulhouse is located on French territory. In Basel/Mulhouse, travellers can cross the border between France and Switzerland without a ticket so long as they have a valid passport or identity card.

Part of Geneva airport is located by convention in France and some flights between France and Geneva are considered domestic flights while others are considered international flights. In this case, passengers must hold proper entry documents for either of the destination countries. It is not possible to exit directly from the French side of the Geneva Airport without passing through Swiss territory from an international flight.

Visas

Visas for Switzerland are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in Switzerland for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.

Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Switzerland without a visa for up to 90 days.

Switzerland is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.

Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Switzerland for up to 90 days within a six-month period:

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

For citizens from Taiwan visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Switzerland.

Visa note

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Switzerland

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35;.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

Validity

The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen states, whereas citizens of certain other countries only require a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa-exempt country, please check with your consulate.

Schengen visas

Switzerland is part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

Both Non-EU/ EFTA and EU/EFTA citizens require a visa if they would like to stay in Switzerland for more than three months. The permit can be obtained from the responsible Cantonal Migration Office. A ‘B Permit’ temporary residence permit is issued for an initial period of five years for EU/ EFTA citizens and for up to one year for non-EU/EFTA citizens. With this permit you can only reside in the canton that issued the permit. Contact the State Secretariat for Migration (www.sem.admin.ch) for details.

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

When bringing a pet into Switzerland, the animal must have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Pets have to be vaccinated for rabies after the microchip was implanted and in the case of entering form a high-rabies country, a rabies titer test also has to be administered at least three months in advance. Please check how Switzerland classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. When entering from a high-rabies country, an import permit is also required. It must be filed at least three weeks ahead of travelling to Switzerland. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Switzerland with a pet from outside of the EU. When travelling with a pet from an EU country, have your veterinarian update the EU Pet Passport.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Switzerland in the USA
Telephone: (202) 745 7900. Website: www.eda.admin.ch/washington Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1200.
Embassy of Switzerland in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7616 6000. Website: www.eda.admin.ch/london Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1200.
British Embassy in Switzerland
Telephone: (31) 359 7700 Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-berne Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0900-1230 and 1330-1630; 0900-1200 (consular).

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