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 recognised by Swiss Immigration.
American passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the traveler’s return date. British passports should be valid for the length of their stay in Switzerland, but no period of validity after that is required.
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.
A visa for Switzerland is not required for citizens from the EU, EEA or the Schengen area for stays up to 90 days. Individuals from these countries may also not require a visa for Switzerland if they apply for a residence permit when staying for longer than 90 days.
Swiss visas are not required by any national referred to in the chart above (for stays in Switzerland of up to three months) and citizens of New Zealand, Israel and Singapore are also exempt from a visa for Switzerland when staying for this duration.
Nationals not referred to in the chart or in the abovementioned section are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Switzerland.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €60/£51. Reductions are available for some nationalities and for children.
Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.
Swiss 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 may apply. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.
Switzerland is part of the Schengen area.
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 under this scheme, but they will have full free movement, living and working rights in Switzerland after June 1, 2019. Contact the State Secretariat for Migration (www.sem.admin.ch) for details.
Visa processing takes between 4 and 15 days since the date of your application depending on the applicant’s nationality. For some nationalities, it may take at least 14 days. Applications can be sent 3 months before planned trips to Switzerland.
Schengen visa applicants must provide bank statements from the previous three months with their application.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders can only extend their stay in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure, or for humanitarian reasons.
Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of Switzerland in the USA
Telephone: (202) 745 7900.
Address: NW, 2900 Cathedral Avenue N.W., Washington, 20008-3499,
Embassy of Switzerland in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7616 6000.
Address: , 16-18 Montagu Place, London, W1H 2BQ,
British Embassy in Switzerland
Telephone: (31) 359 7700
Address: , Thunstrasse 50, Berne, 3005,
Mon-Fri: 0900-1230 and 1330-1630; 0900-1200 (consular).
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