Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information regarding entering into Switzerland

Effective from 2nd of August 2021, Ukraine is not considered a high-risk country anymore and therefore, the regular entry requirements will apply again.

If your trip to Switzerland includes transit through another foreign country, travelers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place of that country.

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck.

Please note for your travel, that all other sanitary regulations, as stated on the FOPH website, will apply. Kindly check beforehand if you need to have a valid COVID-19 test or report your contact data. Quarantine restrictions may apply for persons having spent time during the last 10 days in a country with variants of concern

Visa liberalisation for Ukraine

Starting from 11th of June 2017, Ukrainian citizen are exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the Schengen area for a short stay of mot more than 90 days within a 180 day period.

The visa waiver applies only to holders of biometric passports.

The obligation to hold a visa with regard to exercising gainful occupation persists (also for an occupation not exceeding 8 days within a calendar year).

For additional information please refer to the Frequently asked questions FAQs (PDF, Number of pages 4, 422.5 kB, English).

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.

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.