Questions tagged [switzerland]

A landlocked country in Western Europe. Switzerland's biggest and most important cities are Zurich, Berne, Geneva and Basel.

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Passport Check in Swiss Trains?

I will be travelling in Switzerland, and I am planning to leave my passport in the hotel. How often are random passport/visa checks in Swiss trains? Thank you in advance.
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Validity of German debit card in Switzerland

I have a Deutsche Bank maestro debit card that i got in Germany with no magnetic strip, but a chip. I am traveling to Switzerland next week. Can I make transactions in hotel and restaurants in there ...
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What happens if someone I invited to Schengen area does not leave?

I have invited some friends to the Schengen area (through Switzerland) as part of the visiting visa. In the invitation letter I wrote the words: "I guarantee that they will exit the Schengen area. ...
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Price of train tickets in Geneva

Is there a price difference when buying a train ticket in Geneva Airport automatic machine or pre ordering online?
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Should I go to Switzerland from Paris? [closed]

I'm going to Paris for a conference from 14th to 18th September, sponsored by an organization. The conference is on 15th and 16th, I have 17th and 18th full days free. (Departing flight is on 18th at ...
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Schengen visitor visa for parents

My father wants to visit me in Switzerland and plans to apply for a Schengen visa. My father doesn't receive any pension and is financially dependent on me. How should I convey this to the embassy? ...
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Entered Germany with US passport but leaving Europe with EU passport, complications?

I am a US/German dual citizen about to start studies in Switzerland in a month. Previously, I traveled in Europe for about 2 months on a US passport. While in Europe, I received a German passport. I ...
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Can I receive a package in Zurich airport while on transit?

In a few weeks I will have a flight with few hours transfer in Zurich. I will have several hours and I can leave the transfer zone, it won't be enough to leave the airport though. Let's say I want to ...
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Bringing gemstones from Madagascar to an auction house in Switzerland [closed]

I intend to travel to Madagascar in the next couple of months. I am interested in buying gemstones there and bringing the gemstones to Switzerland to sell them through an auction house based there. I ...
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Travelling with an emergency passport

Can I transit in Zurich, Switzerland, on my way back to South Africa with an emergency passport issued by the South African consulate in Paris? Do I need a transit visa for this flight with the ...
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International Certificate of Vaccination

Where can I exchange my local (Swiss) certificate of vaccination with an international one? Is it possible?
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Cancelling apartment booking in Switzerland

I have made a booking with an apartment in Switzerland. No booking payment was done and I did not share my credit card details with them. But I did fill in the confirmation letter which have my ...
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Can I drive a Swiss-registered rental car in the EU as an EU resident?

There is a post on Tripadvisor from 2016 which claims the following: I hired a Swiss hire car from the airport at Basel on the 30th April. I was asked to sign a waiver that as of 1st May EU ...
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Travelling from Interlaken to Lucerne

Is Interrail ticket valid for Glacier Express trains between Interlaken and Lucerne? Do I need to make a reservation?
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Travel from Germany to Switzerland on an Australian Refugee Travel Document

Travelling on an Australian Refugee Travel Document, I am aware that I can enter Germany visa free, but from there am I able to visit/travel to Switzerland?
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Switzerland credit/bank card acceptance, cash requirement

Are Visa/Mastercard/AmEx (UK issued) widely accepted in Switzerland? Can I buy train tickets using those cards? How popular is card usage, aka. is it necessary to carry cash? I know in Germany there ...
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I have a residence permit for Norway. Can I travel to Switzerland without a passport? [duplicate]

I am an Indian citizen currently in Norway and I have a residence permit. I have to travel to Switzerland but I do not have my passport with me as it is gone to another embassy for visa stamping. Can ...
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I want to travel by rail in Europe by Eurail

I want to travel by rail in Europe in 3 connecting countries for 11 days. So I wanted to ask, is it good to book tickets in advance or is good to book from station A to B? My itinerary starts from ...
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Is it appropriate to enter a church while a chorus is performing?

On Sunday, I was walking in Zürich and came across St. Jakob Church. When I approached the door, I saw that a chorus was performing. Since there was nobody around except the people seated in the ...
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How does a Working-Holiday visa in Germany affect existing tourist 90/180 Schengen days?

I am an Australian who has spent the last 85 days in the Schengen zone. Of those 85 days, 70 were in Switzerland and 15 were in Germany. Today I got a working holiday visa in Germany under the youth ...
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What to wear in Switzerland in July?

I am aware that the weather changes often and that I should wear layers, but I also read that locals tend to dress quite modestly (dark, plain clothing). Is that so? I will note that I am going to a ...
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Toll roads in Switzerland

I will be driving from Geneva to Lyon this week (planning on taking this route). If I recall correctly, the toll roads in France I paid by card but is this the same case with Switzerland? I don't plan ...
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Rented car in Switzerland: fuel and gas station

I'm about to rent a car to travel in Switzerland and I'm unsure what kind of fuel they use there. When you rent a car, do they specify what fuel is used or the entire Switzerland uses the same fuel ...
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Should I pre-book train tickets in Switzerland with the Swiss travel pass?

I'm going to be in Switzerland for around 10 days and I do not feel like planning my whole trip out beforehand, do I HAVE to pre-order my tickets if I have the swiss travel pass?
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Passport expiring soon [closed]

My passport is expiring on July 4, 2018 and I'm traveling from Chicago to Delhi. Being an Indian citizen, can I stay for a 2-hour layover in Zurich, Switzerland, without getting into trouble, or ...
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Driving through Switzerland with German license issued based on license banned in Switzerland [closed]

Several years ago I was a resident of Switzerland and attempted to trade my European but non-EU driver's license for a Swiss one. To do that, I had to take a road test which I unfortunately ended up ...
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Intercontinental to European flight transfer time in Zurich airport: is 2 hours too short?

I'll be flying from Asia to Europe via Zurich in the summer. I bought a ticket with Oman Air to Zurich. Now I'm planning to buy a ticket from Zurich to my home country on a different company, Swiss ...
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Swiss travel pass - Where to buy and how to use?

I'm from Brazil and I will spend a couple of weeks in Switzerland. I saw there are many questions about the Swiss Travel Pass but it seems there are no questions or answers regarding how to get it and ...
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What is the quietest place with some industry? [closed]

I work as a software developer in a part of the world that has a lot of road / traffic noise. I live in Europe and want to move countries, to somewhere quieter. Due to my job, it would have to be near ...
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Swiss visa query

I have been issued a Swiss visa with one entry. I had requested for multiple entries. I will be entering Zurich on the first day of the visa. I also will be visiting the UK, Italy and France by train....
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Jungfrau transport

We are spending a week in Grindelwald (Jungfrau) in January 2018 and are not skiers. Does the hiking pass cover public transport and the cable cars in Jungfrau? Is this the same as a non skier pass? ...
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Can I start my 9 month study program 5 days before my 3 month student visa expires? [closed]

I received a student visa from Switzerland on 17th October 2017, which is valid for three months. I plan to start January 11th 2018. The visa is valid until January 16th 2018. Will I encounter any ...
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Why would TWO border checks be performed for the same bus upon entering Switzerland?

Yesterday I went by bus from the Euroairport (French sector) to Zurich. Unusually, two Swiss border checks took place. First, at the St-Louis border checkpoint, officials boarded the bus, asking ...
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Visitor Schengen Visa Denied 2 times. Can I apply for 15 days tourist visa and stay for 60 days? [duplicate]

I had applied with Swiss embassy in New Delhi India through VFS for Visitor visa as I have to meet my brother and his family who lives in Geneva, Switzerland. I had applied for myself, wife and 3 year ...
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Tourist visa from Swiss embassy in New York [closed]

The embassy said that I didn't need to appear in person because I had a previous Schengen visa from the French embassy. So I mailed in an application on October 31. The tracking number from the post ...
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Swiss Schengen visa - Cancel short stay business visa and get short stay work permit visa

I have a work authorization for Switzerland valid until 19th April 2018 for 4 months max. I intended to get a short-stay work visa for 120 days (Type D visa) but due to an incorrect appointment at ...
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Switzerland - sleeping in the car?

Is it allowed in Switzerland to sleep in the car (2 people, small car, in small vilages)? I want to go there (near Lozana) but I have not much money, so I don't want to spent it on hostels. Is it ...
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How is it possible to buy a knife after security?

Leaving from Geneva, I remembered after security that I didn't had any gifts... Amongst the usual chocolates, I found the perfect gift: a Swiss knife that I proudly bought. Few minutes later I ...
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Swiss rail supersaver tickets

Arriving at Geneva airport on a Friday evening by Swissair, and then travelling by train to Aigle. If the plane is late do the railway inspectors get narked and charge you if the train we take is a ...
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Visit to USA from India via Zurich - visa needed

I am a citizen of India holding a B1B2 visa for US. I am planning to visit the USA for the first time via Zurich and want to stay in Zurich for 2 days. Will I need a Swiss visa for that?
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Does a British citizen need a transit visa in Basel?

I am a British citizen flying from the UK to Germany, stopping in Basel in Switzerland for about 5 to 6 hours waiting for a connecting flight to Dresden. Do I need to obtain a visa?
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Can you give your Swiss motorway vignette to a friend after using it on your car?

A friend of mine has been to Switzerland recently and has purchased the one-year motorway vignette for 40CHF. Now I'm planning a car trip of my own, so I was thinking I could simply borrow his highway ...
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Schengen visa for Iranian in New Zealand - where to apply?

An Iranian colleague will travel from New Zealand to Iran and Europe with the following rough schedule: New Zealand (currently working here) -> Iran (5 days) -> Germany (2 days, conference) -> ...
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Transit through France with Switzerland visa

I have a multiple entry visa for Switzerland, but I will go to Switzerland via France. Is it possible that I can transit through France to Switzerland?
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How long can I park in the blue zone in Switzerland?

I was trying to find some information about how the Blue Zone works in Switzerland, but I've found many contradicting information: one queue says I can park 2 hours, other speaks about 1 hour. I've ...
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Which is better for Zürich, English or French?

I am visiting Zürich and I don't speak any German. I do speak though both English and French. Which one should I use to communicate with the locals? How about the rest of German-speaking Switzerland?
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Can you leave and return to Switzerland if you have a Swiss residency permit?

I'm currently in Switzerland for a short term study & have been given a Swiss Permit (that expires October). Thing is: I have to return to my home country - for a short personal visit before ...
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Swiss rail pass for this itinerary? [closed]

Does the Swiss Rail multipass make sense for this itinerary? Will the swiss rail pass cover travel slightly across the border into Italy? (Luino?) I have an itinerary like this: Day 1: Fly into ...
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Visiting Geneva but booked a nearby hotel in France

I am a UK citizen and my husband has applied for Schengen multiple entry visa through the Swiss Embassy. We are flying to and visiting Geneva but I accidentally booked a hotel which is across the ...
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Public Transportation Pass for 3 days in Zurich (2 zones)

I will spend 3 days in Zurich and I plan to use public transportation. In order to avoid buying a single ticket every time I prefer to buy a 3 days pass (or a single day pass) to facilitate my trip. ...

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