Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information about travel to Switzerland related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Starting March 19, 2020, Switzerland temporarily stopped accepting visa applications and issuing Schengen and national visas.

The visa services will resume and/or have resumed as follows:

Beginning May 11, 2020:
National type D visas for family reunification for family members of Swiss, EU and EFTA citizens /Work visas

Beginning June 8, 2020:
National type D visas for studies (over 90 days) and family reunification for family members of all nationalities

Beginning July 20, 2020:
Schengen visa applications can be submitted again. Please apply and book your appointment online and follow instructions on Tokyo Visa Desk.
Travelers from Japan entering Switzerland directly, do not have to undergo quarantine in Switzerland.
Please note, that the entry-ban issued by the Japanese authority is still in place for foreigners living in Japan. Meaning if you leave Japan after 2nd of April you are not able to return to Japan.

For further information please consult the State Secretariat for Migration SEM - COVID19-Ordinance 3 or the website of the Q&A - SEM

Please note that the airlines themselves decide on the conditions on which they carry passengers. Please ask the airline concerned about the conditions that they apply.

Starting July 6, 2020, travelers from specific countries have to go into quarantine when entering Switzerland. For further information, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH


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.


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.