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PLANNING YOUR TRIP

VISA & ENTRY FORMALITIES FOR SWITZERLAND

The conditions for entry into Switzerland vary according to the reason for the stay and the duration of the stay. 

In general, the application for a visa has to be submitted at least two months in advance to the Swiss Embassy responsible for the place of residence of the applicant.

If your file is complete and admissible, the delays can be from 15 days to 3 months. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you take the necessary steps as soon as possible.

Delegates who need a visa to enter the Schengen area must refer to the competent Swiss representation abroad for their place of residence, in order to obtain information on the procedure to follow, the documents to be presented and to request an appointment. 

Host associations must act as a guarantor for their invitee(s). An attestation of medical, accident and repatriation insurance, valid for the whole period of the stay, may also be required.

PASSPORT

Regardless of their visa obligation status, third-country nationals (non EU/EFTA) wishing to enter Switzerland for a short-term stay not exceeding 90 days per period of 180-day,  must be in possession of travel documents, as the passeport, that:

  • will remain valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area; and
  • has been issued within the previous ten years (the date of issue concerns only entry into the Schengen area).

INVITATION LETTER

Please verify the content of the invitation letter (FDFA, item 4) and have with you all the information regarding the venue and access conditions to the conference that you will be attending.

TRAVEL INSURANCE (health/accident)

Short-term visa applicants must prove that they have medical insurance with a coverage of up to EUR 30,000 for costs arising during their stay in the Schengen Area (FDFA, item 4). A medical certificate must be attached to your visa application.

There are no vaccinations required to visit Switzerland.

CUSTOMS FORMALITIES

The importation of some products is not allowed into Switzerland. Check the recommendations of the Federal Customs Administration.

 

USEFUL LINKS 

VISA
 
(SEM)
 
Recognised travel documents on the website of the European Commission (right margin, «Info» section)
 
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Presentation by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland for the NGO Service 
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INVITATION LETTER
 
 
Invitation template letter proposed on the Swiss Mission website
 
 
 
HEALTH INSURANCE