News and current developments on work and residence permits
27 March 2020
Update Coronavirus: Switzerland extends travel bans
To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, on March 25 2020 the Federal Council decided to extend entry restrictions to all Schengen countries. Since last week, the restrictions already applied to the risk countries Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Spain, as well as for all non-Schengen countries.
Entry to Switzerland is still permitted for citizens of the Principality of Liechtenstein, persons who have a valid Swiss residence permit or an online notification certificate and who have to travel to Switzerland for work-related reasons. Persons not in possession of any of the afore-mentioned documents will generally be refused entry into Switzerland.
Applications for short-term L residence permits, B residence permits, cross-border commuter G permits or registration on the notification procedure are currently suspended or no longer accepted. Only extensions or renewals of actual permits and new applications or notifications of persons with activities that are of overriding public interest are processed. Examples of exceptions are people from the health sector, professional and assistant agricultural workers, IT specialists and researchers.
For the online notification procedure; notification certificates are required for all industries and activities from day one. The eight-day registration free option is currently not available.
The Federal Council has also temporarily abolished the obligation to report job vacancies and all associated tasks and obligations for employers and public employment services. This measure is intended to facilitate recruitment processes, e.g. for medical personnel, the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture or logistics.
The essentials in brief:
- Entry restrictions extended to all Schengen and non-Schengen countries
- Entry still permitted for:
- Swiss nationals
- citizens of the Principality of Liechtenstein,
- persons with a residence permit,
- persons who have to travel to Switzerland for work-related reasons
- New applications for a residence permit or registration on the online notification procedure are generally suspended or no longer accepted unless there is an overriding public interest
- Extensions and renewals still possible
- Short-term employment through the notification procedure, regardless of the industry, subject to registration from day one
- Obligation to report vacant jobs temporarily abolished
Once the permit processing ban has been lifted, we assume there will be a large number of applications to be submitted. We recommend that you prepare documents now to ensure that they can be processed as quickly as possible. Please contact us for support and we will be happy to assist.
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