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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Israeli 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 Israel 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 Israeli 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 Israeli diplomatic offices in Switzerland

Embassy of Israel in Bern, Switzerland

Address: Botschaft des Staates Israel, Alpenstr. 32, 3000 Bern 6, SwitzerlandCheck on map

Phone: 031 356 3500; 031 356 35 84; 031 356 35 27; 031 356 35 87

Fax: 031 356 35 56; 031 356 35 55



Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

Address: 1-3, avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, SwitzerlandCheck on map

Phone: +41 22 716 05 00

Fax: +41 22 716 05 55



List of Swiss diplomatic offices in Israel

Embassy of Switzerland in Tel Aviv, Israel

Address: 28 Rue Hayarkon, P.O. Box 6068, 61060 Tel Aviv IsraelCheck on map

Phone: (+972) 3 546 44 55

Fax: (+972) 3 546 44 08



Office Hours: Monday–Thursday: 08:00–12:30 and 13:30–16:00 Friday: 08:00–12:00

Details: Ambassador: Mr Ernst Iten

Medical Information

Recommended vaccines

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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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Travel info for Switzerland