We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following
The requirements to enter Switzerland depend on the reason for your visit – as a tourist, to work
or study, or for family reunification – and how long you’re staying.
Airport transit Swiss visa
Some foreign nationals do need to get an airport visa to enter Switzerland. Otherwise, most airline
passengers in transit to their destination via a Swiss airport don’t need a Swiss visa but must
- a valid passport/travel ID document;
- an airline ticket for the next stage of your journey;
- the relevant travel documents and visas for entering the next country;
- You are not allowed to leave the transit area and must make your onward journey within 48 hours
of arriving in Switzerland.
Short-stay Swiss tourist visa (Swiss Schengen visa)
If you’re not from the EU or EFTA, and wish to come to Switzerland and stay for up to three months
(but no more), make sure you first have a valid passport or travel ID document. This should have
been issued within the last 10 years and have a minimum of three months to run after the end
of your visit to Switzerland.
The Swiss tourist visa for staying less than 90 days/three months is the short-stay Schengen visa,
which allows entry to the whole Schengen area, including Switzerland, for up to 90 days in a
180-day period. The Swiss Schengen visa is usually used for tourist purposes, business, taking
part in sporting or cultural events or educational programmes. If you want to stay longer than
this, you will need a long-term Swiss visa to enter the country (see below).
Some non-EU citizens don’t need a visa to enter Switzerland under certain circumstances. For example
Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and US citizens are exempt from the Swiss visa requirement
unless they are coming to work for more than eight days or work in certain occupations. Citizens
of Japan, Malaysia and Singapore don’t need a visa to enter Switzerland but have to submit the
same documents as if they did, when they apply for their residence permit. However, most other
nationalities will need a Swiss tourist visa – you can click here to find out if you need one
– unless you already have a long-term residence permit issued by another Schengen country, which
is considered the equivalent of a visa. Although, these long-term residence permits do not give
you the right to work in Switzerland. Temporary stay permits – permits L and B that are issued
for periods of one year – are not considered the equivalent of a Swiss visa.
If you are employed by a business headquartered elsewhere in the EU/EFTA and the company sends you
to Switzerland to work you can enter and stay in the country for up to 90 days but you should
notify the authorities.
If you hold a Swiss B, C or L permit (see below), you do not need a Schengen visa as long as you
travel with a valid passport or travel ID document and your residence permit. If you wish to
work during the time you’re in Switzerland you will need a work permit (see below).
Long-term national Swiss visa
If you wish to stay in Switzerland for longer than 90 days/three months you have to apply for a national
(type D) visa which will be subject to authorisation, for example, if you have a job to come
to, are enrolled on a university course or have family in Switzerland. You will have to apply
for a residence permit too.