The requirements for entering Switzerland differ depending on the purpose of stay (e.g. tourism, visit, employment, family reunification or studies) and length of stay (short or long).

If you are intending to come to Switzerland, the State Secretariat for Migration recommends that you check the entry requirements before travelling. Please refer to the information on the following pages:  

Information for Entry


Additional information on the subject of stays and/or entry requirements for Switzerland can be found on the following pages:

1 January 2023: Extension of the Schengen area to Croatia

As of January 1, 2023, Croatia will also be part of the Schengen area. This means that the same requirements apply for entries from Croatia or with documents issued by Croatia as for entries from any other Schengen state or with documents of any other Schengen state.

1 January 2021: end of the Brexit transition period – UK to become a third country

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31.01.2020. As a transition period had been agreed in the withdrawal agreement between the European Union and the UK, there was no immediate impact on the entry of UK citizens and their family members into the Schengen Area. The transition period ends on 31.12.2020.

From 1 January 2021, citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be treated as third-country nationals exempt from visa requirements when entering the Schengen Area, both for short and long stays. Special rules apply to UK nationals and their family members who exercised their right to free movement before 1 January 2021 and who hold a residence permit as a result. There is no change to the conditions under which these people can enter Switzerland.

For more detailed information, please refer to our Brexit FAQs.

Last modification 30.12.2022

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