I am a South African citizen with an eight hour layover in Zurich on my way home from Ireland/UK.

Is it possible to make use of the Transit Hotel without a Swiss visa?

I did try to access the airport (not the hotel part) on a prior occasion coming back from Ireland and was told to go straight to my very depressing departure gate.

  • @JonathanReez perhaps OP wants to know whether the hotel is "airside," or, more precisely, in the "international" part of the airport. That question and hers are essentially equivalent.
    – phoog
    Jan 6, 2017 at 12:42
  • @JonathanReez She wasn't previously trying to reach the hotel specifically, just to "access the airport." By this I assume she means to pass through immigration control either to the Schengen gates or the unsecured arrival or departure areas.
    – phoog
    Jan 6, 2017 at 13:19

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Yes, it is airside at Gates B/D, Level 1:

Transit Hotel
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Location / opening times

You can find us at Gates B/D, Level 1. The Transit Hotel Reception is staffed 24 hours a day .

The boarding pass check and security check are open until 10.30 p.m., the passport check until 11 p.m. and as of 6 a.m. (Access possible only with a boarding card and only with hand luggage). No access to/from the Schengen area between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from/to the Transit Hotel.

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