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  • News and current developments on work and residence permits

    Switzerland extends border controls. No visas to be issued until further notice.


News and current developments on work and residence permits

18 March 2020


Coronavirus: Switzerland extends border controls

In order to maintain and increase the protection of the population against the Coronavirus, Switzerland is extending their entry restrictions further to also include travelers from Spain. The entry restrictions already apply to Switzerland's neighboring countries and will now be extended to air traffic from Italy, France, Germany and Austria, as well as from all non-Schengen countries.

Only Swiss citizens, persons with a residence permit in Switzerland and persons who have to travel to Switzerland for professional reasons or are in a situation of absolute necessity are now allowed to enter Switzerland from the above five Schengen states. Persons from risk countries who can invoke one of the exceptions may only enter Switzerland at the national airports in Zurich, Geneva and Basel.


Coronavirus: Switzerland to grant no visas until further notice

The Federal Council is suspending the issuance of Schengen visas and national visas for third country (non-EU) nationals for an initial period of three months. Entry into Switzerland for non-EU nationals is now only possible in exceptional cases.

Apart from a few exceptions, entry at the external Schengen borders is now prohibited. Switzerland follows the decision taken earlier this week by the other Schengen states. In the short term they will also no longer issue Schengen visas for 90 days. National visas will continue to be issued in exceptional cases only for example to family members of Swiss citizens with a right to be present in Switzerland who require a visa and to specialists from the health sector.