Visa to attend the conference

Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries.

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.

Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain types of visa, depending on the purpose of the intended stay in Switzerland.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

This applies to asking a visa for the WCSJ2019, with intention to take part in a field trip in France or Italy. The condition for applications is that they stay longer in Switzerland than in any other Schengen country during their stay under the Schengen visa.

To help applicants get the visa, the WCSJ2019 organizers will deliver a document explaining the reason and the circumstances of their stay, as well as, for the grant holders, a document attesting that the stay is covered.

Switzerland has a long tradition for international conferences. Due to the presence of the UN office in Geneva, many countries have representations in Geneva which can be helpful.