Travel to Switzerland
If you travel to Switzerland for a stay of less than three months, a valid identity card (accepted in Switzerland) or a valid passport are required for most foreign nationals. A list of entry procedures for each nationality is available on the PDF issued by the "Office Fédéral des Migrations" (ODM) at http://www.bfm.admin.ch/.
If you are not allowed to enter Switzerland with an ID or a passport, you need to apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of Switzerland in your home country. Formalities may differ depending on your nationality, and it is highly advisable to check with the Swiss diplomatic representation in your area country or directly with the ODM beforehand. For more information, please refer to the ODM website at http://www.bfm.admin.ch/.
With regard to visa applications, if the applicant does not provide all the required financial guarantees, a "guarantor" on site must vouch for the applicant up to CHF 30,000 for eventual medical, accidents and repatriation fees. The guarantor's statement, if required, must be submitted to the cantonal authorities of the domicile of the guarantor. For more information, please refer to the PDF "Welcome to Switzerland" issued by the ODM at http://www.bfm.admin.ch/.
Office Fédéral des Migrations (ODM)
Welcome to Switzerland - entry formalities and visa - ODM
Entry requirements by country - FOM
Guide section: Formalities
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