Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Suspended consular services in Khartoum

As a result of the armed conflicts in Sudan, the Swiss Embassy in Khartoum remains closed.

From 1 July 2023, the Swiss Embassy in Nairobi (Kenya) will temporarily take over consular services (Swiss abroad, entry and residence visas, preparation of marriage in Switzerland, etc.) for applicants living in Eritrea and Sudan. Therefore, persons from Sudan and Eritrea who wish to avail themselves for Swiss consular services, are requested to contact the Swiss Embassy in Nairobi from this date onwards.

For visa inquires for persons from Sudan and Eritrea, kindly email:

Please contact the FDFA Helpline in case of emergency: or +41 800 24 7 365 or +41 58 465 33 33.

Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.


Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.

Visa scams

The Embassy of Switzerland in Khartoum would like to alert you to the existence of fraudulent practices and offers in connection with the granting of visas and strongly advises you not to follow them.

Indeed, it happens that companies fraudulently offer their services on websites claiming to be able to help you to obtain an appointment or a visa. In return for information, they demand a fee. Please note that only the information on the official website of the Embassy is valid.

Please note: Obtaining an appointment on and the visa application form are free of charge.

Further information

If you have any doubts, please contact immediately the visa section of the Swiss Embassy in Khartoum.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example, in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc.

Airport transit visa

For citizens of certain countries who need a transit visa even if they are staying in the international transit area of the airport and do not enter the Schengen territory.

Labour / Work permits

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to the authorisation of the competent cantonal authority. The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.