The procedures regulating your entry into Switzerland differ according to nationality, your position or type of employment at UZH, and the duration of your stay. Regardless of the details, you will need a valid passport or travel document that is recognized by the Swiss authorities. Below you will find the most frequent questions surrounding entering Switzerland.
PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and academic guests who are EU/EFTA nationals may directly enter with a valid travel document that is recognized by the Swiss authorities.
Citizens of non-EU/EFTA countries require a visa to enter Switzerland. Please note that some non-EU/EFTA nationals do not need a visa if their stay is less than 90 days.
Important: Do not enter on a tourist visa if you plan on staying in Switzerland for more than 3 months. Tourist visas cannot be extended or renewed, and they cannot be converted into a residence permit.
PhD candidates and postdocs employed at UZH (non-EU/EFTA)
PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers employed at UZH usually do not have to apply for a visa on their own. Their institute/department at UZH will file for both the visa and the work permit. Please contact the respective institute at UZH in case of questions.
Please note that even if the institute/department or chair handles your visa application, you still must pick up your visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
In addition, PhD candidates need to apply for admission to doctoral studies at the UZH Admissions Office before starting their employment. This is not the same as their admission to a specific PhD program. The admission process can take up to three months, at the end of which you will receive the decision on admission from the UZH Admissions Office. Please do not travel to Switzerland until you have received this decision on admission. It is a prerequisite for obtaining the residence permit in Switzerland.
PhD candidates and academic guests not employed at UZH (non-EU/EFTA)
PhD candidates and academic guests not employed at UZH must apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate of their country of residence at least three months before their entry. The current entry regulations are valid and, depending on the Swiss representation in your home country, different documents may be required. Please contact the Swiss representation in your home country or visit the website of the State Secretariat for Migration for more information.
PhD candidates must submit the decision on admission to studies at UZH when applying for a visa. Please note that the University's admission procedure can last up to three months.