Entering Switzerland

Do you need a visa?

Please check the following website to ascertain whether you need a visa to enter Switzerland: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/publiservice/weisungen-kreisschreiben/visa/liste1_staatsangehoerigkeit.html

What to do if you need a visa

Conference delegates who need a visa should consult the website of the Swiss Representation in their place of residence to obtain the relevant information: https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/representations-and-travel-advice.html

For further information please also consult the Swiss Confederation website:


How to request a visa

If you require a visa you must make the request to the appropriate Representation of Switzerland (https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/themen/einreise/adressen/schweizer_vertretungen.html) in accordance with your place of residence. Use the visa application form provided by the Representation. Please note the respective deadlines!


The request must be accompanied by the relevant travel documents and other supporting documentation explaining the purpose and circumstances of the planned visit. An attestation of medical/accident/repatriation insurance, valid for the whole period of your stay, may also be required. The respective Representation will give you a list of the documents required.

Confirmation of conference attendance / Letter of invitation

We are happy to provide a confirmation of conference attendance / letter of invitation for visa purposes. Please send an email requesting this to katherine.hahn@let.ethz.ch . Be prepared to supply full identification details, your full postal address, and (if relevant) the name of your academic institution and your job title there.


→ Please note that we cannot issue a confirmation or letter of invitation until you have registered for the conference.

Please collect information and start the visa process early, to avoid disappointment.