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Travel preparation

Depending on your nationality, you need a visa to travel to Switzerland.
More information under: Nationality

General framework

  • Only short-term visa applications (up to 90 days, Schengen visa) such as tourist, visit or business can be submitted online. A visa application can be submitted at the earliest six months before entering the Schengen area.
  • Applications for long-term visas (over 90 days, National visa) must be filed directly with the responsible Swiss representation.
  • Depending on the Swiss representation, appointments can be made for both, Schengen and National visas.
  • Scheduling an appointment is free of charge.
  • Before starting the application process, please consult the website of the responsible Swiss representation to determine if there is a waiting period to obtain an appointment.


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Phone: +49 69 6603 1143