News and current developments on work and residence permits
27 May 2020
The Covid-19 based entry restrictions will be relaxed further as of June 8 2020, due to the level of epidemic development. All applications for EU/EFTA nationals will be processed again and Swiss companies will be able to hire highly qualified workers from third countries. The job registration requirement will be re-activated and will be taken into account for jobs with above-average unemployment rates. Border controls with the neighboring countries Germany, Austria and France will be lifted on June 15 2020. The Swiss Federal Council also intends to return to the Free Movement of Persons and freedom of travel within the Schengen area by July 6 at the latest.
The following measurements will come into force on June 8 2020
- Permit applications for EU/EFTA nationals
- All applications for residence or cross-border commuter permits from EU/EFTA nationals will be processed again.
- Online notification for short-term assignments
- New notifications for cross-border services or short-term employment with a Swiss employer up to 90 days will be processed again.
- Permit applications for non-EU/EFTA nationals
- Applications will be processed again if the work assignment is of a public interest or if a company is urgently dependent on these specialists from an economic point of view and the assignment can be neither postponed nor completed abroad.
- Family reunion
- Family reunification will again be possible for all persons with a settlement, residence and short stay permit and for temporarily admitted persons.
- Students may re-enter the country, regardless of their nationality, to start, continue or complete education and training.
- Travelling from risk countries
- Border sanitation measures such as body temperature measurement, health questionnaires or quarantine measures may be mandatory for certain groups of persons entering from risk states.
- Channeling of passenger flights
- Entry into Switzerland will again be possible at all airports and will no longer be restricted to Zurich, Geneva and Basel airports.
Further alleviation of cross-border traffic from June 15 2020
All travel restrictions between Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland will be lifted. There will be no further border controls. The date of the opening of the border with Italy is currently being discussed. Italy has announced a border opening on June 3; however, the Swiss Federal Council rejected this.
Freedom to travel in Schengen space from July 6 2020
The restrictions on entry into Switzerland and on admission to the labour market and residence are to be lifted for all Schengen states from 6 July at the latest. The list of risk countries is to be adapted gradually. The aim is to fully restore freedom of travel within the Schengen area and the Free Movement of Persons.