Entry Conditions

Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | Switzerland

Whether you intend to visit the country as a tourist or if you plan to work in Switzerland (or accompany someone who does, e.g. as a partner or family member), makes a huge difference. Switzerland has a dual system for granting foreign nationals access to the Swiss labour market.

Anyone who works during his/her stay in Switzerland or who remains in Switzerland for longer than three months requires a permit. Residence permits are issued by the Cantonal Migration Offices. A distinction is made between short-term residence permits (less than 1 year), annual residence permits (limited) and permanent residence permits (unlimited).

Currently the same conditions apply to all citizens of member states of the EU-27/EFTA, i.e. citizens of the EU-25/EFTA (EU-17/EFTA plus EU-8) and citizens of Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2). Since 1 January 2017, Croatian nationals benefit from the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons. However, transitory provisions apply.

Information for Citizens of EU/EFTA countries

Guide for EU/EFTA citizens and relatives moving to Switzerland




If you have to clear Swiss customs on entering you should be aware of certain formalities.


Bringing pets and plants

Anyone planning to travel with pets and plants should complete the formalities in advance.


Importing vehicles

No import tax is payable on vehicles which you have owned for more than six months, but a completed clearance request form for moving purposes must be submitted.