Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

 

Due to the COVID-19 situation in Bishkek, the Consular Office of the Swiss Embassy is temporarily closed until 28th January. For urgent matters please contact us by e-mail bishkek.visa@eda.admin.ch

 

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.

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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.

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.

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 Covid 19 Regulation 3.

Vaccine authorized for entry are those approved by Switzerland, the EU and the WHO emergency use listing:

For all questions about COVID vaccination, please contact the FOPH Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00 (daily 6 am to 11 pm Swiss time).

For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)

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).

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck

Everyone entering Switzerland (PDF, 358.9 kB, English) must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.

                                                                                                                     

Entry on the traveler’s own responsibility

Applications where the Czech Republic is the main destination are still not accepted.

Applications for Poland are only accepted for the following purposes: Visit for spouses/children of EU/EFTA nationals, official visits, business, sport and cultural events.

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, 382.1 kB), Finland (PDF, 410.3 kB), France (PDF, 450.1 kB), Latvia (PDF, 624.3 kB), Poland (PDF, 425.0 kB), Slovakia (PDF, 284.2 kB), Slovenia (PDF, 227.4 kB) (the information is given by the individual states; the Swiss Embassy is not responsible for the content). 

                                                                                                                     

Additional sanitary protocols during the COVID pandemic

All applicants must use the provided hand sanitizer and wear their face mask at all time. The package of documents must be complete to avoid long review delays. When applying, the exact visa fee must be handed in. If you do not have the exact change, you will need to book a new appointment

                                                                                                                     

Appointments

Appointments are no longer given by phone or email.

Starting December 8th, all appointments are done through our online booking system IVIS. Please follow this link or go to www.swiss-visa.ch to book an appointment.

Appointments and the visa application form are free of charge. However, due to strict sanitary protocols long waiting times are to be expected.

                                                                                                                     

Visa exchange

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

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.