The Confederation is currently examining whether and how, in view of the improved epidemiological situation, the entry conditions for persons from third countries may be relaxed. As a Schengen associated state, the Confederation coordinates its entry regulations with the European Union. The Federal Council will provide information on this before the end of June.
Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland
In order to maintain Switzerland's capacity to cope with the COVID-19 epidemic and to ensure the conditions for an adequate supply of care and medicinal products to the population, the Federal Council has taken several measures since March 2020. One of these is the enactment of Ordinance 3 on Measures to Combat Coronavirus (COVID-19 Ordinance 3), which provides for restrictions on entry, border crossing and the admission of foreigners to Switzerland (Art. 3 and 4 COVID- 19 Ordinance 3). Entry of people from risk countries or regions is restricted (Art. 3 Para. 2 COVID-19 Regulation 3).
All Schengen states, EU and European small states as well as individual third countries are no longer considered risk states since July 2020. For entries from these countries, there are no longer any entry restrictions related to the Coronavirus, but the usual entry requirements apply again.
For all third country nationals, it is still not possible to travel to Switzerland for vacation, for visiting purposes of for other reasons, provided that they are entering from a risk country (e.g. Philippines, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau). Entry from a risk country for stays of less than 90 days without a permit will continue to only be permitted for cases of special necessity according to the Ordinance 3 Covid-19.
The Philippine authorities have issued rules and regulations regarding the departure of Philippine citizens. May we kindly ask you to consult the relevant resolutions of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the Bureau of Immigration in advance.
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.
If your finger scans have not been collected yet, personal appearances when applying for Schengen visa mandatory.
If your finger scnas were collected within the last 59 months, then you won't have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary. However, you have to provide a copy of your visa sticker issued after March 2014. If you are not sure or do not remember whether your fingerprints have been captured for a Schengen visa within the last 59 months, you have to appaear in person.
You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprings in the case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality
Personal appearances and fingerprint scan is not necessary for children und the age of 12
The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking his application