Federal Office for Migration



Schengen/Dublin stands for the co-ordinated efforts of the EU Member States to extend the individual freedoms of their nationals and, at the same time, to bring about far-reaching improvements to security within Europe. Behind these endeavours lies the understanding that attempts to safeguard internal security and combat refugee flows have long represented problems reaching beyond national borders. More than ever, all States are called upon to take joint and coherent action.

All the EU member states cooperate in Schengen/Dublin, whereby Great Britain and Ireland are only involved in some aspects. Norway and Island, two non-EU member states, also participate in Schengen/Dublin. After further 10 countries (EU-10) joined the EU on December 21, 2007, a total of 27 European states will benefit from the advantages of this border-crossing network. There is also a growing realization in Switzerland that the level of internal security can only be maintained if the authorities can cooperate with their colleagues abroad both closely and without any bureaucratic barriers. On 26 October 2004 Switzerland signed an association agreement to Schengen/Dublin.

On Friday 12 December 2008 the Schengen association agreement of Switzerland was fully implemented. Since that date Schengen visas will be accepted to enter Switzerland.