Switzerland is a member state of the Schengen area. Unless otherwise
stated on the visa sticker, a visa issued by Switzerland is also
valid for the other Schengen states and vice versa.
states are currently issuing Schengen visas: Austria, Belgium, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland and Principality of Liechtenstein.
Principality of Liechtenstein becomes Schengen country members from 19 Dec. 2011
entry for Taiwanese Nationals
of 11 January 2011,
holders of a Republic of China or Republic
of China (Taiwan) passport do not need a visa to enter the countries
of the Schengen Agreement as a tourist or for business purposes,
provided that no employment is taken. The maximum length of stay is
90 days within six months. Taiwan passport holders have to be in the
possession of a valid passport including an identity number. For
update entry reminder, please see the press release at the right corner.
Other Nationals please check if you need a visa to enter Switzerland
and/or the Schengen Area by clicking on the
Swiss Federal Office of Migration webpage.
Holders of a valid national passport (of a country requiring a visa
to enter Schengen) in conjunction with a valid Swiss permanent
residence card are permitted to enter the whole Schengen area
without a visa.
Travel medical insurance
Nationals who require a visa must have a travel medical insurance
policy for their period of stay in Switzerland respectively in the
Schengen States when applying for a visa.
For Nationals who do not require a visa, it is highly recommended
that they purchase a travel medical insurance for the duration of
their stay, even if they are insured abroad under their statutory
health insurance system.
Please be aware that the application has to be made at the Schengen
representation of the country of your main destination. Tourists who
spend equal time in several Schengen states are required to apply
for the visa at the representation of the country where they enter
the Schengen area.
Visa applicants whose main destination is Switzerland are asked to
come in person to the TOSI from Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 11:30 am
and bring all required documents along (see different visa
requirement sheets on this page). Visa applicants who plans to study
in Switzerland need to make appointment for interview and test if
necessary. Additional documents may be
requested by the visa officer in order to assess the applicant’s
personal, financial or professional situation or in order to
determine the purpose of his/her travel. Incomplete applications
cannot be accepted.
The decision of granting or refusing a visa request is usually taken
within 3 working days but might take longer for certain nationals or
specific reasons. There are no express visas available. It is
recommended to apply about 3 to 4 weeks before your planned
departure date. Applicants for sponsored visitor visas as well as
applicants for long stay visas (more than 90 days) for studies or
employment have to apply at least 3 months prior to traveling to
case of a visa refusal the applicant will be informally notified of
the decision. The applicant may request a contestable written
decision by the Swiss Federal Office for Migration which is subject
to a charge.
Please do not hesitate to contact the TOSI in case of
of Swiss Industries (Visa Section)
31F, No. 333,
Sec.1, Keelung Road,
+886 2 2720 1001
Fax : +886
2 2757 6984
Federal Office for Migration
Visa application form
Adults (12+ years)
Children (6-12 years)
Children (0-6 years)
free of charge
( as of
16 July 2012 )