Switzerland Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay (or for the duration of stay for EU/EEA nationals) and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except (1) EU nationals holding a valid national identity card.
Visas are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays in Switzerland of up to three months.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Switzerland.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €60/£51.72. Reductions are available for some nationalities and for children.
Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy). UK residents requiring a Schengen visa should apply to the Swiss Visa Application Centre (www.vfsglobal.ch/switzerland/uk); a service charge of £22.10 applies. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.
EU/EEA residents planning on staying in Switzerland for more than three months to work must register with the local authorities and apply for a residence permit. The length of the permit depends on the duration of the work. Slightly different rules apply to nationals of Bulgaria and Romania. Contact the State Secretariat for Migration (www.sem.admin.ch) for details.
Allow at least seven days for visa processing. For some nationalities, it may take at least 14 days.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders can only extend their stay in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure, or for humanitarian reasons.
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of Switzerland in the USATelephone: (202) 745 7900.
Embassy of Switzerland in the UKTelephone: (020) 7616 6000.
British Embassy in SwitzerlandTelephone: (31) 359 7700