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 '17 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 '17 at 13:19

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

Transit Hotel
Image courtesy

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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.