Do I need a visa to visit Switzerland as a tourist?

Are you planning to explore Switzerland and wondering whether you’ll need a visa? This will depend on your nationality, how long you’re planning to stay in Switzerland and your reason for travelling.

Generally, the key thing that determines whether you need a visa or not, is whether you’re from an EU/EFTA state or from a third country.

Find out if you need a visa to travel to Switzerland.


Frequently Asked Questions about a tourist visa for Switzerland:

Can I submit my application online?

Whether you can submit your application depends on your place of residence. You can find out your options for applying for a tourist visa in Switzerland here.

How early can I apply for a short-stay visa?

You can apply for a short-stay visa online up to 6 months before you’re due to visit the Schengen Area.

Can I submit a long-stay visa application online?

Unfortunately, you’ll need to submit your application for a long-stay visa directly with the responsible Swiss representation. A long-stay visa will let you stay for over 90 days and is also known as a National visa.

Can I book an appointment for either a Schengen visa or a National visa?

Yes, you may be able to book an appointment for either a Schengen visa or a National visa, but this will depend on the Swiss representation.

How much does it cost to book an appointment?

Don’t worry, booking an appointment is free of charge.

Do I need to wait a certain amount of time to get an appointment?

You can check the website of the Swiss representation to understand if there’s a waiting period before you begin the application process.

Last updated 15 May 2024