Information regarding entry into Switzerland and residence

Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of EU and EFTA countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration is the responsible authority in Switzerland.

Photo of famous Swiss mountain the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn, a 4,478-metre peak, is one of Switzerland’s most famous mountains. © GammaCygni - CC BY 2.0

Information/reminders for entering the Schengen area can be useful if you are planning to visit Switzerland, expecting a visitor from abroad, or wish to invite someone from abroad. You will find information about entering into Switzerland (requirements, short-stay calculator, visa obligation, etc.) on the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

Do I require a visa? Information for entry to Switzerland, SEM  

Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality, SEM

Entry into Switzerland, SEM

The Travelcheck allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland.

Travelcheck, Federal Offic of Public Health FOPH

Third-country nationals, regardless of their visa obligation status, can use the short-stay calculator to calculate the number of days available for short stays of no more than 90 days in any 180-days period within the Schengen Area.

Calculation of short-term stays / short-stay calculator, SEM

Entry to Switzerland and residence for citizens of EU/EFTA countries

You may enter Swiss territory without a visa if you are a citizen of the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and in possession of a valid recognised identity document.

For a stay over 90 days you will require an authorisation from the migration authority of the canton concerned. An application for authorisation accompanied by the relevant documents should be submitted to the said cantonal authority. Within 14 days after the arrival in Switzerland and before starting an employment, citizens of EU-25/EFTA have to announce themselves at the municipality of the place of residence and apply for residency permit.

State Secretariat for Migration, SEM

List of cantonal immigration and labour authorities, SEM

Free Movement of Persons Switzerland – EU/EFTA

SEM can provide you with information on the conditions for entry and residence in Switzerland within the framework of the free movement of persons agreement

Free movement of persons Switzerland – EU/EFTA, SEM

Short stay: entry requirements for Switzerland, SEM

Residence (long stay), SEM

The various residence permits for nationals of EU and EFTA member states, SEM

Entry to Switzerland and residence (also Schengen Area) for non-Swiss citizens and nationals of countries outside the EU/EFTA

If you are not a citizen of Switzerland or of a country in the EU or EFTA, the conditions for entry to Switzerland will vary in relation to your nationality, the reasons for your proposed stay (tourism, visit, employment, studies, family reunification, etc.) and the length of your stay (short or long duration).

The website of SEM below will inform you whether or not you require a visa to enter Switzerland and on the travel documents that are recognised.

Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality, SEM

Persons who require a visa should submit their application to the Swiss representation competent for their place of residence.

ETIAS – Travel authorisation

ETIAS is a new European travel authorisation system. © ETIAS

Third-country nationals who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area must apply online for ETIAS travel authorisation before travelling to the Schengen area. Authorisation costs EUR 7 and is valid for three years.

Currently, the ETIAS go-live is expected in May 2025 at the earliest.

More information at: ETIAS (

Last update 16.01.2024


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