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  • COVID-19: Relaxation of entry requirements as of May 11th 2020

    News and current developments on work and residence permits


News and current developments on work and residence permits

30 April 2020

The corona-based entry restrictions are to be gradually relaxed from 11 May 2020, taking into account the epidemiological development. At the same time, the Federal Council wants to minimise the negative impact on the Swiss economy due to the border restrictions.


Following first relaxation measurements will come in to force on 11 May 2020

  • Work permit applications submitted by EU/EFTA nationals before 25 March 2020
    • All applications for a residence or cross-border commuter permit of workers from an EU or EFTA state that were submitted before the introduction of entry restrictions will be processed again.
    • Online notifications for work engagements for a maximum of three months with an employer in Switzerland.
    • Secondments of a maximum of 90 days per year from abroad to Switzerland.


  • New notifications for cross-border services up to 90 days
    • These will be processed again if the service provision is based on a written contract concluded before 25 March 2020. For example, a mechanic from Germany may install a machine already ordered in a Swiss company.


  • Employees from third countries with a permit but without a visa
    • Non-EU/EFTA nationals who already have a permit for gainful employment in Switzerland but who could no longer be issued a visa due to the applicable entry restrictions.


  • Work permit applications submitted by third-country nationals before 19 March 2020 
    • Applications for third country nationals submitted before the entry into force of the restrictions on admission of third country nationals will be further processed.


  • Applications for family reunification by family members of Swiss citizens and EU/EFTA nationals
    • Family reunification is again possible for family members of Swiss citizens. The same applies to family members from EU/EFTA states living in Switzerland. 


  • Border controls will continue.
    • Additional border crossings may be opened to prevent excessive waiting times. Air passengers from abroad may continue to enter Switzerland only at the airports of Zurich, Geneva and Basel.


All other restrictions on migration remain in force for the time being. The Federal Council envisages that by 8 June 2020, all applications from working EU/EFTA nationals will be processed again. This second opening step will be taken in consultation with the cantons and social partners.