Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

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.

Entry on the traveler’s own responsibility

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Schengen member states have varying entry regulations. It is the traveler’s sole responsibility to determine prior to travel whether they fulfill the entry conditions for the countries they intend to visit. Information on the individual represented destinations can be found here: Estonia (PDF, 1 Page, 382.1 kB), France (PDF, 1 Page, 450.1 kB), Latvia (PDF, 1 Page, 624.3 kB), Poland (PDF, 1 Page, 425.0 kB),  the Czech RepublicSlovakia (PDF, 1 Page, 284.2 kB), Slovenia (PDF, 1 Page, 227.4 kB) (the information is given by the individual states; the Swiss Embassy is not responsible for the content). 


Visa applications for Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia and Latvia must be submitted to VFS Global: Business Center "Eurasia", Kievskaya str. 62, 4th floor.

Applicants can find all details on the VFS website and here is also a click to talk function which is free of charge for all applicants.

The Embassy of Switzerland will no longer gives visa information by phone. For general questions, please call the VFS call center between 08.00am until 05.00pm under the following number: +996 312 963230 or email to

In case of specific questions related to an individual application, you can write to the Swiss Embassy - email to


You are required to first register online to VFS Global in order to reserve an appointment. It is necessary to follow the online process correctly by filling all necessary fields properly. The display of error messages indicates most probably an incorrect manipulation and not a malfunction of the online booking system. In addition, make sure to complete the online booking process successfully and print out the appointment confirmation in order to avoid inconveniences.

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.