Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Update on Entering Switzerland

On June 23, 2021, the Federal Council decided to lift the entry restrictions for persons from third countries who are vaccinated. For vaccinated third-country nationals, the regular entry requirements will apply again from June 26, 2021.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran is currently accepting all visa categories for persons arriving from third countries like Iran who can prove they have been fully vaccinated. Booking of appointment is mandatory for all applications. VFS Global is operational and accepting visa application at the Visa Center in Tehran.

Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals who are not vaccinated and are without rights of free movement, entering from risk countries or regions and who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the SEM Directive (version of 26 June 2021).

Vaccinated persons are persons who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is licensed according to the WHO Emergency use listing and has been fully vaccinated in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was carried out.

For additional information, please consult the webpage of the

State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and in particular the online Travelcheck

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Please refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

Important Information

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck where are also listed the recognized vaccines.

Please also check with the airlines which current travel regulations apply.

Visas for vaccinated persons are issued with a remark "vaccination certificate obligatory". Proof of vaccination with one of the above mentioned, recognized vaccines must be presented upon arrival in Switzerland/Schengen area. Otherwise, entry to Switzerland is not permitted.


Schengen Visa C (For a stay of up to 90 days)

Vaccinated Persons: To arrange for an appointment, kindly visit the website of our external service provider VFS Global

Kindly notice that the Swiss Government has decided to temporarily increase the service fee for Visa applications in Visa Application Centers (VAC) of External Service Providers (ESP) due to supplementary expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Visa D (For a stay of more than 90 days)

Visa applications for national visas must be submitted at this Embassy by prior appointment.

In order to set up of appointment, please send an email together with a scanned copy of your passport (only PDF format) to

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.