Entry requirements for Switzerland
Entry requirements for third-country nationals due to the pandemic
- Entry to Switzerland is currently possible without pandemic-related measures.
- Your entry to Switzerland is subject to the general entry requirements (e.g. travel document and visa).
- If you are travelling through another country on the way to Switzerland, please find out about the entry requirements in that country.
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck.
Persons travelling by plane to Switzerland could be required to produce a confirmation of a negative PCR test result, please check directly with your airline.
We wish you a pleasant stay in Switzerland!
For information on the Coronavirus and the current situation, the following link may be useful:
Federal Office of Public Health FOPH directly:
1. You are already holding a Schengen Visa
A Schengen visa obtained by any of the Schengen Area member countries allows free movement to its holder within Switzerland up to its validity and period limitations.
The visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At border (or during other controls) you may have to provide additional documentation, for example information on that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents, presented initially when applying for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).
2. You do not have a valid Schengen Visa
Your main destination is Switzerland:
The Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi-Arabia have outsourced the application process for short-term visas (so called Schengen visas) to the external service provider VFS Global.
Our external service provider will support you during the application process. VFS Global is responsible for receiving your visa application, checking the completeness and acceptability of your application form and application documents, collecting biometric data, receiving the visa fee and other fees (service fee and optional fees) and returning your passport. The decision whether or not to issue a visa is taken by the Swiss Embassy only, VFS Global is not involved in the decision.
The earliest you can file a visa application: 6 months before your intended trip.
The latest you can file a visa application: at most 15 days before your intended trip.
Where to apply for Schengen visas: www.vfsglobal.ch/switzerland/saudiarabia/