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Entry formalities in Switzerland
The conditions of entry into Switzerland vary according to the reason behind the stay and its duration. Foreign nationals may apply for a visa at the competent Swiss representation f for their country of residence.
The informative note for people travelling to Switzerland within “International Geneva” provides additional information on the issuance of visas and movement within the Schengen area.
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) recommends submitting the application form in good time; the process may take several weeks or even months depending on the season and/or the type of visa requested.
Do you need a visa?
Depending on your nationality, a visa might be required to enter Switzerland:
The NGO or the inviting organisation must vouch for the person it invites to Geneva.
CAGI has no contact with the competent authority and has no way to speed up the visa process.
Documents to provide
for visiting delegates
Founded by the Swiss Confederation and the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Geneva Welcome Centre is the single entry point for the support and integration of employees of International Geneva and their families, NGOs and visiting delegates.
Participating in conferences, meetings or training
The CAGI provides accommodation support and facilitates the stay of delegates during an international conference, meeting or free training in Geneva.
Representatives of civil society from developing countries and governments of least developed countries (LDCs) can benefit from our support during their stay in Geneva.