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Entry requirements for short-term stays in Switzerland

You plan to travel to Switzerland and would like to know what formalities apply for foreign nationals who wish to stay for a brief period without seeking employment?

In principle, everyone needs a valid travel document. Switzerland may allow EU/EFTA citizens with expired travel documents to cross the border. Travel documents of third-country nationals for a short stay not exceeding 90 days in any period of 180 days, however, must:

  • be valid for at least three months after the planned departure from Switzerland and
  • have been issued within the previous ten years.

The date of issue of the travel document is what counts, regardless of any official extension.

In some cases, you may also need to obtain a visa. To find out if you need to obtain a visa and if there are any requirements for your travel documents, see below:

Information on entry into Switzerland, recognised travel documents and visa requirements by country