Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Important information for the applications of Schengen visa

Due to the current situation, the Swiss government has decided to stop the issuance of Schengen visa until further notice. Therefore, the visa section will remain closed for the issuance of C type Schengen visa for the time being and will resume its operations in coordination with the other Schengen member states.
Applications for national visas for Switzerland (long stay of more than 90 days) are now accepted on appointment only. Inquiries and appointment requests are to be submitted via e-mail to

General information on current entry restrictions to Switzerland and on the resumption of the issuance of Schengen visa can be found on the webpage of the State Secretary of Migration of Switzerland.

For additional information, do not hesitate to contact the visa section or visit our internet site

Please also consider the following information: 

Easing of the restrictions on entry into Switzerland as per 15.06.2020 (PDF, 310.4 kB, multilingual: English, German, French, Italian)

Guidelines for holders of previously issued visas (PDF, 231.2 kB, English)

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.