Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Entry requirements due to the pandemic

Effective from May 02, 2022, the Philippines, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are no longer considered a high-risk country. The normal entry requirements apply again to any person entering Switzerland.

State Secretariat for Migration

We may not be able to meet the demand for appointments in the first few days and there may be long waiting times. Thank you for your understanding.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special sanitary rules for people entering Switzerland. Please refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

If you have any questions regarding exit requirements for the Philippines, please contact the Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines

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.

Personal appearance and fingerprint

Starting from November 2013, all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in the Philippines have to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of  persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.

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.