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Travel Visas to Switzerland

Switzerland is part of the Schengen zone, which means that visa free visitors are typically given 180 day visas, of which you can stay in the region for 90 days. Once you stay for 90 days in Switzerland or any of the other Schengen countries you need to fully exit the immigration area for at least another 90 days before returning. There is currently no way to extend a tourist visa to the Schengen zone. Be aware that Switzerland is one of the most diligent countries in the region for prosecuting visitors who overstay their visas.

More information at Schengen visa questions.

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FAQ about visas to Switzerland

Is a UK visa good for Switzerland?

hey i have a visitor visa to england but i would like to pass some days in paris and visit france then i visit some friends in switzerland for a short days haw can i do to get a visa for all that countries or im allowed to do that iim a holder of a tunisian passport?

No, as a holder of a Tunisian passport, you need to have a prearranged visa to enter the Schengen zone, which includes Switzerland and France.


Will there be problems flying out of Geneva after overstaying my Schengen visa?

Hello, Looking for some help. I came over to Europe on a tourist visa in late september. I flew into the UK and then over to Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Croatia… My question is.. I’m about to fly home to LAX via Heathrow from Geneva. Do you think I might run into any problems crossing borders? I’ve obviously well overstayed; not realizing that Switzerland is part of the Schengen region. If i make it through Geneva without a problem do you know if I’ll have to go through customs in the UK? I know they’re super strict and just worry about that more so than GVA. I also never got stamped crossing any borders in the last 6 months; would that help or hurt me? Thanks so much!

The sad state of affairs is the Swizerland tends to be one of the most vigilent countries of all the Schengen zone in terms of punishing visa overstayers. From the reports I receive, it seems as if you have at least a 95% chance of being caught for the overstay when going through immigration for your flight out of Geneva. The typical penalties that the Swiss tend to give out are a large fine and/ or a three year ban from the Schengen zone.

Do you have a Schengen visa question?

If so, then take a look at our Schengen visa community forum. It’s a community just for people who have questions or concerns related to Europe’s Schengen immigration zone.
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