Find out about entry and departure requirements, as well as automated passport control.
The entry requirements for Switzerland vary greatly depending on your country of origin. Detailed information can be obtained from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.
Please find out about the entry requirements from your travel agent or the consulate or embassy at your destination. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA provides contact details for the consulates and embassies of foreign nations in Switzerland.
At Zurich Airport border control, the protection of minors is a priority. The following recommendations apply for minors who:
The Canton of Zurich police force recommends that minors carry with them on their journey their birth certificate and a declaration of consent signed by the parents or persons with parental responsibility to avoid any possible suspicion of child abduction, for example. There is no set layout for the declaration of consent, but it should contain the following information as a minimum:
At Zurich Airport, automated passport control helps you get to your gate faster. Simply scan your passport and go through the gate yourself. You may use automated passport control if you:
If these do not apply to you, or if you would prefer to be dealt with by a member of staff, you can still use the staffed counters at passport control.
If further clarifications are necessary, you will be checked again by a member of staff. After passing through automated passport control, your biometric data are immediately deleted.