Participants requiring a visa are strongly advised to contact the nearest Swiss diplomatic representation as soon as possible
in order to secure the required entry visa in a timely manner, prior to departure.
It should be noted that it is not possible to acquire a visa upon arrival in Switzerland. Please note that air line companies do not allow boarding in the absence of a valid visa
Information on visa procedures, including a list of relevant Swiss diplomatic representations is provided below:
- The visa applications must be submitted to the Swiss Embassy/Consulate covering your place of residence;
- The visa application must be accompanied by the travel document, as well as further documents, if so required, which clearly indicate the purpose and circumstances of the intended stay or the intended transit;
- A visa application not submitted to the Swiss Embassy/Consulate covering your place of residence may be turned down if the reasons for submission to any other Swiss Embassy/Consulate seem unclear.
For information on visa requirements, Swiss representations abroad and visa application forms, please go to the following web sites of the Swiss Federal Office:
To facilitate the issuance of visas, the CBD Secretariat will issue, upon request, an invitation letter to be attached to the visa applications.