General information for visa
Visa applicants and visits for
consular matters are kindly invited
to set up an appointment with our
office at least a week in advance
either by phone or by email. The
contact details of this office you
find at the bottom of this site.
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 (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.
Important information for frequent travellers to Switzerland and
New rule on calculation of the duration of stay within the
In accordance with current Schengen rules, citizens of non-Schengen
countries, regardless of their visa obligation status, may enter
and remain within the Schengen Area without a residence permit
for up to «90 days per 180-day period starting from the date of
Starting on 18 October 2013, these rules will be changed so that
stays within the Schengen Area without a residence permit will
be possible for up to «90 days over any 180-day period».
This change means that the 180-day period (i.e. reference
period) will no longer correspond to 180 days following the date
of first entry, but rather to the 180 days prior to the control
date (border control upon entry into or departure from the
Schengen Area, or police check within the Schengen Area). In
other words, the duration of stay must not exceed at any time 90
days per 180-day period
Please also check the website of the
Federal Office for Migration
for further information.
stay beyond 90 days requires a residence permit issued by the
Migration Office of the relevant Canton in Switzerland.
Holders of a valid national passport (of a country requiring a
visa to enter Schengen) in conjunction with a valid Swiss
residence card are permitted to enter the whole Schengen area
without a visa.
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). 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 5 working days
but might take longer for certain nationals or
specific reasons. There are no express visas available. 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
Registration at the TOSI office for new residents
Now that you have taken up residence in the consular area of the
TOSI Office Taipei, we would like to wish you a warm welcome.
Regular contact between Swiss abroad and Swiss consular
representations can work for the benefit of all concerned.
Registration is also mandatory for Swiss citizens abroad.
In order to register you need original copies of the following
form 'Registration with a Swiss representation'. Please complete
the form and don't forget to provide your address and to sign
and date it. In the case of married couples both partners must
sign the form.
with a Swiss representation
(pdf, 122 Kb)
Swiss passport or a valid Swiss ID card, and if necessary those
of your family members.
certificate of origin.
copy of the confirmation of deregistration from your previous
place of residence (if available).
We will return your personal documents to you as soon as possible.
The certificate of origin will be held in safekeeping in the TOSI
office and returned to you on deregistration and return to
You can find a range of different information sheets and information
on this website. Please read these carefully. We wish you a pleasant
stay in Taiwan.
You should keep the Representation constantly informed of the
Changes to address, telephone number or email address
Departure from the consular area, wherever possible with details
of your new address
Changes in civil status (births, marriage, divorce, deaths)
Change of name
Acquisition/loss of citizenship of another country
The Swiss representation will forward details of the changes to the
relevant Swiss authorities (place of origin, polling commune, Swiss
Review, Swiss AHV, Solidarity fund)
Changes in civil status that are legally valid in Taiwan (e.g.
marriage, divorce, change of name, birth etc.) are also recognized
as such in Switzerland. To ensure that the changes made can be
recorded in the relevant register in Switzerland, the original
documents should be submitted to the TOSI Office in Taipei. Whether
the Swiss citizen concerned is registered with this Representation
or not is irrelevant.
Online information on other topics, and answers to frequently asked
questions (FAQ) can be found at all times on the Internet site of
the Federal Office for Civil Status in Berne.
Birth-, Divorce-, Decease-, Adoption-, Partnership-Registration:
regard of these civil status matters please refer to the TOSI office
preferably by email:
Switzerland recognises dual citizenship. This means that Swiss
nationals may become citizens of another country without this
affecting their Swiss citizenship. You should notify the TOSI office
if you acquire citizenship of another country.
Swiss citizens who live abroad and who hold another nationality in
addition to their Swiss citizenship (or who have been assured of
that other nationality) may submit an application to the relevant
Swiss representation to relinquish their Swiss citizenship under
Article 42 of the Swiss Citizenship Act (Bürgerrechtsgesetz). Please
refer to the TOSI-office for detailed information.
publications for the Swiss Abroad
Federal Act on the
Acquisition and Loss of Swiss Citizenship (en)
Swiss citizenship /
Passport / identity card
Switzerland recognises two types of identification, namely the Swiss
passport and the Swiss ID card. Swiss citizens are entitled to one
of each of these forms of identification. These allow the holder to
prove his or her identity and that he or she has Swiss citizenship.
Passport 10 (also e-passport) can be applied for online at the TOSI
Office. It is necessary for you to attend in person in order to
record your biometric data (picture signature and fingerprints).
The earlier passport models - passport 03, without an electronically
stored picture, and passport 06, with one, remain valid until their
date of expiry.
How to get a passport 10:
It is also
possible to submit the application by telephone in case you have no
access to the internet (in place of step 1).
In order to avoid several visits to the counter and due to the
appointment for the recording of biometric data, we ask our esteemed
citizens to only submit their application at the counter if they
have a confirmed appointment (i.e. after online registration or
Fees for passports and/or ID cards are charged at the time of your
personal visit (fees as of 01. January 2014) and
should be paid in Taiwanese
For the exact prices please see the information sheet 'fees'.
other consular requirement please refer to the TOSI Office Taipei.
of Swiss Industries (Visa Section)
31F, No. 333,
Sec.1, Keelung Road,
+866 2 2720 1001
Fax : +866
2 2757 6984