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What you need to know

  • The Switzerland Schengen Visa is a multiple-entry travel document to visit Switzerland and all other countries of the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days.

  • We advise you to apply for this visa at least two months ahead to avoid delays.

  • With the Switzerland Schengen Visa, you can visit the country for tourism, unpaid business activities, short studies, sports or cultural events, and health treatments.

How to apply for a Switzerland Schengen Visa

Last updated: April 2024

Welcome to Switzerland, a captivating destination that enchants visitors with its gorgeous natural landscapes, magical lakes, and vibrant cities.

With our guidance, this fascinating destination and other Schengen countries are closer than ever!

jungfrau switzerland railway

What is the Switzerland Schengen Visa?

The Switzerland Schengen Visa is one of the most popular visas for travelers wishing to visit the country and the rest of the Schengen Area without needing individual visas for each destination.

With the Switzerland Schengen Visa, you can visit all 27 Schengen states: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Please note: Switzerland must be where you will spend the most time during your visit to the Schengen Zone.

What can I do with the Swiss Schengen Visa?

The Switzerland Schengen Visa offers many benefits:

  • Explore Switzerland and other Schengen countries as a tourist.

  • Visit family and friends.

  • Transit at an airport.

  • Do business activities.

  • Participate in short studies.

  • Attend sports and cultural events.

  • Undergo health treatments.

What can’t I do with the Swiss Schengen Visa?

You can’t do paid work or live in Switzerland with this visa. For information about work visas or residency permits, check the Swiss government website.

Who is eligible to apply for the Switzerland Schengen Visa?

You must meet certain criteria to be eligible for a Swiss Schengen Visa. These include:

  • Purpose of visit: You must have a valid reason for visiting Switzerland, such as tourism or business.

  • Duration of stay: Your intended stay in Switzerland should be within the maximum allowed period as stated on your visa (more info below).

  • Intention to return: You must prove your intention to leave Switzerland and the Schengen area before your visa expires by showing ties to your home country.

  • Financial means: You must show that you can cover expenses during your stay in Switzerland with bank statements, proof of employment, or a sponsorship letter.

  • Travel insurance: It’s mandatory to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses in the entire Schengen Zone, with a minimum coverage of €30,000.

Which nationalities must apply for the Switzerland Schengen Visa?

Most foreign visitors living outside the Schengen Zone or the European Union must meet all the requirements to get a Swiss Schengen Visa.

Who is visa-exempt for Switzerland?

European and Schengen residents don’t need a visa to go to Switzerland. Additionally, passport holders from the below countries can travel to Switzerland and the Schengen Zone without a visa:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

This list is not exhaustive. Check if you need the Switzerland Schengen Visa by entering your nationality at the top of this page.

Do children and minors need a Schengen Visa for Switzerland?

Yes, minors from eligible countries must also have a Schengen Visa to visit Switzerland.

Both parents or legal guardians must sign the application form. Additional documents, such as the child's birth certificate, may be necessary to submit during the application process.

How long is the Switzerland Schengen Visa valid?

You can visit Switzerland and the Schengen Area for up to 90 days per entry within a 180-day period. This means you can enter and travel between any Schengen country as often as you like, as long as you do not exceed the cumulative 90 days.

The multiple-entry visa is usually issued for 180 days to 5 years, with a max. stay of 90 days per entry. This decision is based on your supporting documents, travel history, and other factors.

Can I extend the Swiss Schengen Visa?

No, it’s not possible to extend a Schengen Visa. In exceptional circumstances, such as emergencies, an extension is granted. If you need more time in Switzerland or the Schengen Area than your visa allows, you must go home and reapply for a new Schengen Visa.

Switzerland Schengen Visa required documents

To start your application, you need:

  • Valid passport: Valid for at least six months after your planned arrival date and with at least two blank pages. If you live in a country different from your country of origin, please submit your proof of residency.
  • Travel plans: Include a return flight ticket or any confirmed hotel reservation(s) and tours to show your travel plans.
  • Sufficient funds: Show that you can finance your trip by providing bank statements or other documents stating your income and financial stability.
  • Travel insurance: The insurance policy must cover medical expenses up to €30,000 in the entire Schengen Zone.
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Visa application form
  • Additional documents: Proof of your professional and social status (if applicable).

How to apply for the Switzerland Schengen Visa

The general steps to apply are:

  1. Choose the Schengen visa type based on your travel purpose.
  2. Fill out the Schengen Visa application form accurately.
  3. Collect all necessary documents, including passport, photos, travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, travel insurance, and financial means.
  4. Book a visa interview appointment at the embassy/consulate or visa application center.
  5. Present your application and documents at the appointment.
  6. Pay the visa application fee as per the current rates.
  7. Monitor the status of your visa application online or through the embassy/consulate.

You can find more detailed information about the application process on the Switzerland Government Website.

We currently don't offer this visa, but you can join our waitlist to be notified when we do:

Switzerland Schengen Visa costs and processing time

The Swiss authorities can take up to 45 days to decide, but it can take longer. It is advised to apply for a Swiss visa at least two months before you go.

The government visa fee of about US$85 (may differ per nationality) must be paid during your appointment (half-price for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and free for kids under 6 years old).

You won’t need to pay a government fee if you are:

  • A child or spouse from a UE, EFTA, or Swiss national.

  • A CERN or UN worker traveling on an official trip.

  • A student who will study in Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days.

Do I need a Switzerland Schengen Visa if I’m transiting through the country?

Yes, a Switzerland Airport Transit Visa is needed for certain nationals who want to enter the country to change transportation means.

There are two Schengen transit visa categories:

  1. Airport Transit Schengen Visa.

  2. Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers.

Check with your nearest Swiss Embassy to find out more about transit visas.

Differences between the Switzerland Schengen Visa and ETIAS

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is a new travel authorization that will be implemented from the end of 2023. Here are the differences between ETIAS and the Schengen Visa:

  • ETIAS is a new travel authorization system designed to improve European security. The purpose is to check whether visa-free travelers visiting the European Union and the Schengen Area pose any regional safety risks.

The ETIAS system is comparable to the United States ESTA system. If you can enjoy visa-free travel and are not required to have a Schengen Visa, you can apply for your ETIAS online once it’s available.

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