Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

COVID 19

Effective from 02.05.2022, the normal entry requirements apply again to any person entering Switzerland.

For additional information, please also consult further the webpage of the  State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

Holders of an expired Schengen visa, who could not use the visa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, cannot receive a free substitute visa. 

Long waiting times are to be expected. Calculate enough time to get an appointment to submit the visa application.

Appointments

The Embassy does not accept any walk-ins. An appointment has to be booked prior to your visit at the Embassy.

For Schengen visa check on our webpage if you are eligible to apply for a Schengen visa and on how to book an appointment:

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/ethiopia/en/home/visa/entry-ch/up-90-days.html

For an appointment for family reunification visa send copies in one email of the following documents to addisababa.visa@eda.admin.ch:

From the person living in Switzerland

  • Resident permit from Switzerland and/or Swiss passport

From the persons living in Ethiopia:

  • phone number and email address
  • copy of valid passport and/or emergency travel document issued by the Ethiopian Authorities
  • marriage certificate*
  • Birth certificate*
  • Certificate of residence (valid ID-card)

* The original Ethiopian civil status and court documents have to be issued by the Vital Events Registrations Agency VERA and need to be legalized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

All documents only written in Amharic, Oromia or Tigrinya need to be translated into German, French, Italian or English by one of the Embassy’s officially recognized translation offices.

Further information can be found here: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/ethiopia/en/home/visa/entry-ch/more-90-days/documents-national.html

If you received an authorization for the issuance of an entry visa to Switzerland and want to collect the visa, please send an email to addisababa.visa@eda.admin.ch:

  • Copy of your valid passport or Emergency Travel Document
  • Copy of authorization

For appointments for DNA Tests, please send an email to addisababa.visa@eda.admin.ch indicating the complete name and birth date of the person concerned indicating that it is for DNA Tests.

Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.

SEM

Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example, in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc.

Airport transit visa

For citizens of certain countries who need a transit visa even if they are staying in the international transit area of the airport and do not enter the Schengen territory.

Labour / Work permits

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to the authorisation of the competent cantonal authority. The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.