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


2. Special information on Schengen


3. Border-crossing / Travel documents


4. For hosts in Switzerland

Letter of Invitation

No formal requirements are to be met for writing an invitation letter. However, it must be written in one of Switzerland’s official national languages (German, French, Italian, and Romansh) and contain at least the following information:

  • Confirmation by the host (business enterprise or private person), stating that the applicant has been invited
  • Contact number(s) and address(es) of the host and applicant (first and last name, date of birth, and citizenship)
  • The letter must be duly dated and signed (invitation letters by business enterprises must be signed by a person listed in the Companies Registry as authorized to sign)

The invitation letter may include additional information:

  • A note saying that the host will provide food and accommodation
  • Any further information on the reasons for the applicant’s visit to Switzerland

When applying to an embassy for a visa, applicants are required to prove (payroll voucher, bank statement) that they have sufficient money to cover travel expenses. If the host provides for travel expenses, accommodation and food, mention must be made too.



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