COLOMBIAN CITIZENS VISITING SWITZERLAND
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Colombian 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 Colombia 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 Colombian 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 Colombian diplomatic offices in Switzerland
Embassy of Colombia in Bern, Switzerland
Address: Dufourstrasse 47, 3005
Phone: 009 41 31 3511700
Fax: 009 41 31 3527072
List of Swiss diplomatic offices in Colombia
Embassy of Switzerland in Colombia
Address: Carrera 9 No 74-08, of. 1101 Edificio Profinanzas, Apartado aoreo 251957, Bogota Colombia
Phone: (+57) 1 349 7230
Fax: (+57) 1 349 7195
Office Hours: 09.00-12.00
Details: Ambassador: Mr Thomas Kupfer
Consulate of Switzerland in Colombia
Address: c/o Pension Stein, Ave. 4 Norte, No. 3-33, Cali Colombia
Phone: (+57) 2 653 47 93
Fax: (+57) 2 653 47 93
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