Switzerland Visa and Passport Requirements

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


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.

Visa Note

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.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy). UK residents requiring a Schengen visa should apply to the Swiss Visa Application Centre (; a service charge of £22.10 applies. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.

Temporary residence

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 ( for details.

Working days

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 USA

Telephone: (202) 745 7900.

Embassy of Switzerland in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7616 6000.

British Embassy in Switzerland

Telephone: (31) 359 7700