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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian 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 Australia 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 Australian 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.

Australia and Switzerland
In 1851 two Ticinesi or Italian speaking Swiss, migrants paid their own way to Australia followed by two more in 1852. The successful return of two of them in 1854 probably led to the exodus of 1855 which saw 1,073 Swiss immigrants arrive in Australia. Around 1860 the ease with which farming land could be secured in Australia was very appealing to the Swiss Ticinesi migrants.
Australia and Switzerland’s bilateral investment relationship is a significant source of prosperity for both countries. Australia’s economic relationship with Switzerland is growing in the areas of scientific research and development, education, and two-way investment. Bilateral trade is close to 6 billion dollars. Australia imports predominantly medicaments, watches and clocks, pacemakers and orthopaedic appliances and exports gold, meat other than beef, silver, and platinum to Switzerland. Australia’s services exports are transport and personal travel, while imports include charges for the use of intellectual property and personal travel. Switzerland is Australia’s tenth-largest source of foreign investment.
Bilateral agreements between the two countries include on double taxation, social security, defence and supply, nuclear safeguards, air services, extradition, and mutual assistance on cooperation on law enforcement. Memoranda of understanding have been signed on cooperation in the fields of science, research and innovation, trainee exchanges and regular dialogue on health regulations.
Bilateral cooperation is growing in the science and education sectors, and meetings have allowed both countries to identify opportunities to further strengthen bilateral science and innovation collaboration. The Swiss Australian Academic Network (SAAN) was established to increase scientific exchanges between the two countries and now has more than 650 members.
Australia currently has over 20,000 residents of Swiss ancestry.
Australians can now travel to Switzerland with only a valid passport but will be required to apply for ETIAS authorisation once it is implemented in 2021.

List of Australian diplomatic offices in Switzerland

Australian Permanent Mission to the WTO

Address: Chemins des Fins 2, Case Postale 172, 1211 Geneva 19, SwitzerlandCheck on map

Phone: +41 22 799 9100

Fax: +41 22 799 9189


Details: Mr Hamish McCormick - Ambassador and Permanent Representative

Australian Consulate-General in Geneva, Switzerland

Address: Chemins des Fins 2, Case Postale 102, 1211 Geneva 19, SwitzerlandCheck on map

Phone: +41 22 799 9100

Fax: +41 22 799 9178



Office Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Australian Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nations

Address: Chemin des Fins 2, Case Postale 172, 1211 Geneva 19, SwitzerlandCheck on map

Phone: +41 22 799 9100

Fax: +41 22 799 9175


Details: Mr Peter Woolcott - Ambassador and Permanent Representative

List of Swiss diplomatic offices in Australia

Embassy of Switzerland in Australia

Address: 7 Melbourne Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603 AustraliaCheck on map

Phone: (+61) 2 6162 8400

Fax: (+61) 2 6273 3428



Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 09:00-12:00 / 14:00-16:00 Friday 09:00-11:30

Consulate General of Switzerland (Sydney)

Address: 101 Grafton Street, Tower 2, Level 23, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 Australia OR, PO Box 282 Bondi Junction NSW 1355 Australia

Phone: (+61-2) 83834000

Fax: (+61-2) 93691334



Office Hours: Monday- Friday 09:00-12:00

Consulate of Switzerland in Australia

Address: Level 11, 30 Makerston Street, PO Box 12382, George Street, Brisbane - Queensland 4003 Australia

Phone: (+61) 7 3236 1445

Fax: (+61) 7 3236 4552


Consulate of Switzerland in Australia

Address: 85 Tyrell Street, Nedlands Western Australia, 6009 AustraliaCheck on map

Phone: (+61) 407 452 66 6

Fax: (+61) 8 6488 1016


Consulate of Switzerland in Melbourne

Address: 7 Yertchuk Ave., ASHWOOD, 3149, Victoria, AustraliaCheck on map

Phone: (+61) 3 86377175

Fax: (+61) 3 86861440


Office Hours: By Appointment

Details: Honorary Consulate

Consulate of Switzerland in Australia

Address: 8 D'Arcy Street, South Hobart, TasmaniaCheck on map

Phone: (+61) 3 6223 2870 or (+61) 3 6226 7569

Fax: (+61) 3 6223 2870


Consulate of Switzerland in Australia

Address: 64 Castle Street, Parkside, South Australia 5063Check on map

Phone: (+61) 8 8271 8854

Fax: (+61) 8 8271 8854


Consulate of Switzerland in Darwin, Australia

Address: 3/90 Woods Street, GPO Box 3951, Darwin Northern Territory, 0801 Australia

Phone: (+61) (8) 8981 4808

Fax: (+61) (8) 8941 9089


Details: Mr Peter Rudolf Bendel - Honorary Consul

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

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