The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa policy for Switzerland
The visa policy of Switzerland is a set of regulations established for foreign citizens who intend to travel to the country. The requirements are determined depending on the traveler’s nationality.
If the traveler has a passport from one of the 26 Schengen Area European countries, they do not need a Swiss visa, This is because Schengen citizens are granted passport-free access to Switzerland for an indefinite stay, if they enter the country using a valid ID card.
Other visa-free citizens for Switzerland are required to present a valid passport to gain entry to the country, for a maximum stay of 90 days within every 180 days. These visits may be for either tourism, business, or transit purposes.
However, from 2022, all passport-required travelers with Swiss visa exemption will be subject to the ETIAS visa waiver program. Once introduced, pre-registering for an electronic travel authorization with this online application system will become a mandatory requirement for these citizens to travel to Switzerland.
Foreign passport holders from around 150 additional countries must apply for a Schengen consular visa from a Swiss diplomatic government office to travel to the country, no matter the intended period of stay or reasons for the visit.
An embassy visa application for Switzerland should be submitted well in advance, as it may take several weeks for the travel document to be correctly processed and approved.
Switzerland does not offer visas on arrival at Swiss ports of entry, nor does it currently issue any entry bans against any foreign nationality.
Find more information about the different types of visa for Switzerland below.