German visa for Swiss citizens

A visa is NOT required for Swiss passport holders visiting Germany for a short-term stay: Freedom of movement.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For Swiss citizens to enter Germany for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required Freedom of movement
Evisa Germany e-visa for Swiss citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Germany visa on arrival for Swiss citizens Not Available

Germany tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding Swiss passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Germany.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Germany.

If you are looking for Germany visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Switzerland, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Germany nearest your place of residence.

  • Bern: The Embassy of Germany in Bern, Switzerland (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 1 minutes)
  • Lugano: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Lugano, Switzerland (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 1 minutes)
  • St. Gallen: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in St. Gallen, Switzerland (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 1 minutes)
  • Basel: The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Basel, Switzerland (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 1 minutes)

Germany visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Germany diplomatic mission offices to Switzerland for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from Switzerland traveling to Germany from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (Switzerland) estimated Change (%)
2008 2,667,316 N/A
2009 2,722,885 2.08%
2010 2,889,593 6.12%
2011 2,917,377 0.96%
2012 2,695,101 -7.62%
2013 2,806,239 4.12%
2014 2,778,455 -0.99%
2015 451,113 -83.76%
2016 3,115,456 590.62%
2017 3,021,992 -3.00%
2018 3,146,610 4.12%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Germany & Switzerland comparison

Germany's area is approximately 348,560 km2 (134,579 sq mi), while the area of Switzerland is approximately 39,516 km2 (15,257 sq mi). This means Switzerland is 8.82 times smaller than Germany.

As of December 2021, Germany's population is ~108.5 million people - 93,970,335 more people than the population of Switzerland.

We have highlighted Germany & Switzerland’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Germany Switzerland Difference
Population (est 2021) 108,538,079 14,567,744 94.0 million more people live in Germany than Switzerland
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 227 146 Germany has 81 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with Switzerland.
Travel freedom (2021) 145 142 Germany passport holders can visit 3 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 593 268 German hosts 325 more foreign missions than Switzerland.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from Switzerland travel to Germany in one year?

The number of visitors from Switzerland visiting Germany in 2018 was approximately 3,146,610.

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