Federal Office for Migration

FAQ – Frequently asked questions


Please note that the general visa and entry procedure is described in detail in our information sheet:

1. General information on entry and visa procedures

I have heard that the rules for the calculation of the amount of time that foreigners may remain within the Schengen Area without a residence permit have changed. Where can I find more information about the new rules?

Starting on 18 October 2013, new rules on the calculation of the duration of stays will enter into force. More detailed explanations on the subject can be found on the page Entry Entry.



2. Special information on Schengen


3. Border-crossing / Travel documents


4. For hosts in Switzerland


5. Travelling in the Schengen area with a Swiss residence permit


6. Questions on granted or refused visas


7. Long-term residency in Switzerland (more than 90 days) / Employment in Switzerland


8. Other questions