Welcome to Switzerland's Online visa system

Do you need a visa ?

Depending on your nationality, you need a visa to travel to Switzerland.
More information under: Nationality

General framework

  • Only short-term visa applications (up to 90 days, Schengen visa) such as tourist, visit or business can be submitted online. A visa application can be submitted at the earliest 3 month before entering the Schengen area.
  • Applications for long-term visas (over 90 days, National visa) must be filed directly with the responsible Swiss representation.
  • Depending on the Swiss representation, appointments can be made for both, Schengen and National visas.
  • Scheduling an appointment is free of charge.
  • Before starting the application process, please consult the website of the responsible Swiss representation to determine if there is a waiting period to obtain an appointment.

Where to apply for a visa?

Depending on your place of residence, you can submit your visa application either:

  • directly at a Swiss representation abroad;
  • by filling out the visa application online;
  • at an external visa service provider;
  • at the representation of another Schengen State.

To assess your options, please enter where you have your legal residence (not your nationality):

Entry and visa regulations, in particular the visa requirement: State Secretariat for Migration - Entry