Do I need a Schengen visa?

Entry to Switzerland prohibited for all Third Country Nationals

On 18 March 2020, the Swiss Federal Council decided, that entry at the Schengen external borders is generally prohibited with few exceptions (for example family members of Swiss citizens with a right of presence in Switzerland who require a visa and to specialists from the health sector).

This rule applies on nationals of Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. 

My nationality Obligation to hold a visa (yes/no)
Barbados  No 
Grenada No
Guyana  Yes 
St. Lucia No 
St. Vincent & The Grenadines  No 
Suriname Yes
Trinidad & Tobago No 
Venezuela No 

Other nationalities

For other nationalities, please refer to the list on the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

SEM – Overview of ID and visa provisions according to the nationality (Annex 1, List 1: nationality)

If you are obliged to hold a visa, please apply for it and refer to the information on the webpage:

Where to apply for a Schengen visa?

If you are not obliged to hold a visa, you are allowed to enter Switzerland resp. the Schengen territory and stay up to 90 days within a 180-day period without any visa.

What can I do, if my visa application was refused?

The Embassy can refuse your visa application for a number of reasons. The Embassy is obliged to inform the applicant in written form about the reasons for the visa refusal.

Applicants who disagree with the negative visa decision, have the right to appeal to the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) in Bern (Switzerland) within 30 days from the refusal date onwards. The Embassy will inform the complainant about the formal requirements of the appeal letter and forward said letter together with the original visa application file to the SEM.

The appeal fee must be paid upon submission of the appeal letter. This fee will only be reimbursed if the SEM approves the appeal and revokes the initial visa decision taken by the Embassy.

Kindly note that a valid Schengen visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. The immigration authorities can still refuse entry.