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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.

Custom Regulations
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).

Currency Restriction
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

Address: Dufourstrasse 101, CH-8008 ZurichCheck on map

Phone: 41 43-499-2960

Fax: 41 43-499-2961



Consular Agency of US in Geneva, Switzerland

Address: 7 rue François-Versonnex, CH-1207 Geneva, SwitzerlandCheck on map

Phone: 41 22-840-5160

Fax: 41 22-840-5162



American Embassy in Bern, Switzerland

Address: Sulgeneckstrasse 49, CH-3007 Bern, SwitzerlandCheck on map

Phone: 031 357 70 11

Fax: 031 357 73 20



List of Swiss diplomatic offices in United States of America

Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, USA

Address: 2900 Cathedral Avenue N.W, Washington D.C. 20008, 3499 United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 202 745 7900

Fax: (+1) 202 387 2564



Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00

Details: Ambassador: Mr Manuel Sager

Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, USA

Address: 633 Third Avenue, 30th floor, New York, NY 10017-6706, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 212 599 5700

Fax: (+1) 212 599 4266



Details: Consul General: Francois Andre Barras

Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta, USA

Address: 1349 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta Georgia, 30309 United StatesCheck on map

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

Address: 11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1400 Los Angeles California, 90025 United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 310 575 1145

Fax: (+1) 310 575 1982



Details: Consul General: Mr Bruno Ryff

Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco

Address: 456 Montgomery Street, Suite 1500 San Francisco California 94104, 1233 United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 415 788 2272

Fax: (+1) 415 788 1402



Office Hours: 9:00-12:00

Details: Consul General: Mr Julius Fidelis Anderegg

Medical Information

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About Switzerland

Capital: Berne
  • German 64.9%;
  • 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
Population: 7,581,000
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Franc (CHF)
Calling Code: +41

Power Sockets

Type J Swiss 3-pin  J Swiss 3-pin

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