AMERICAN CITIZENS VISITING SWITZERLAND
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every American citizen for short-stay period in Switzerland starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Switzerland. All tourists entering Swiss territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Swiss authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of United States of America who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every American citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Swiss custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Swiss territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
- Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
The government of Switzerland does not impose any restrictions on the import of foreign and local currencies.
Children aged up to 15 (included) years of age will be exempted from requiring a passport if traveling with companions (parents or grandparents) or guardian if:
- Children have the same nationality as the companion
- Children’s names are included in the passport of the companion.
List of American diplomatic offices in Switzerland
Consular Agency of US in Zurich, Switzerland
Consular Agency of US in Geneva, Switzerland
List of Swiss diplomatic offices in United States of America
Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, USA
Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, USA
Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta, USA
Address: 1349 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta Georgia, 30309 United States
Phone: (+1) 404 870 2000
Fax: (+1) 404 870 2011
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 08:30-12:00 and13:00-16:00 Friday 08:00-12:00
Details: Consul General: Claudio Leoncavallo
Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago, USA
Address: 737 North Michigan Avenue737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2301 Chicago Illinois, 60611 United States
Phone: (+1) 312 915 4500 / (+1) 312 915 0061
Fax: (+1) 312 915 0388
Details: Consul General: Mr Martin Josef Bienz
Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles, USA
Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
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- French 22.6%;
- Italian 8.3%;
- Serbo-Croatian 2.5%;
- Albanian 2.6%;
- Portuguese 3.4%;
- Spanish 2.2%;
- English 4.6%;
- Romansch 0.5%;
- Other 5.1%
Area: 41,290 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Franc (CHF)
Calling Code: +41