Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.


Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.

Information on visa issuance

It happens that companies on their websites or private individuals offer their services to help you to schedule an appointment or to prepare the visa application, for a fee. We would like to point out that only the information on the official website of the Embassy is binding.

The appointment on and the visa application form are free of charge. Our fact sheet gives you information about the necessary documents.

During the visa peak season from 01.05.2024 to 31.08.2024, only complete applications will be accepted without exception. Missing documents cannot be submitted subsequently. Incomplete visa applications will be rejected or withdrawn by the applicant. A new, regular appointment can be arranged, whereby the waiting period for such an appointment is currently 8 weeks. 

In case of doubt, please contact the visa section of the Swiss Embassy in Santo Domingo.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example, in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc.

Airport transit visa

For citizens of certain countries who need a transit visa even if they are staying in the international transit area of the airport and do not enter the Schengen territory.

Labour / Work permits

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to the authorisation of the competent cantonal authority. The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.