Do I need a Schengen visa?

My nationality Obligation to hold a visa (yes/no)
Japan  no 

For Japanese citizens - Entry regulations to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein

Important Information: new rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the Schengen area (Switzerland) starting on 18 October 2013. For details, please refer to the following links.

Federal Office for Migration (FOM) - About Entry into Switzerland

Examples - Duration of Stay (PDF, Number of pages 2, 25.7 kB, English)

Japanese citizens do not need any visa to enter Switzerland. However, in this case you only can stay less than 90 days in total within a period of 180 days. All the duration of your stay in other Schengen countries are also included in this 90 days.

Regulations for passport (starting on 21 August 2013):

*  Must be valid at least 3 months after your scheduled depart from the Schengen countries

*  Must be issued within 10 years 

Liechtenstein: The entry and passport regulations are the same as for Switzerland.

Other nationalities

For other nationalities, please refer to the list on the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

SEM – Overview of ID and visa provisions according to the nationality (Annex 1, List 1: nationality)

If you are obliged to hold a visa (yes), please apply for it and refer to the information on the webpage:

Where to apply for a Schengen visa?

If you are not obliged to hold a visa (no), you are allowed to enter Switzerland resp. the Schengen territory and stay up to 90 days within a 180-day period without any visa.