List of travel documents


Alphabetical list of countries

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Version of 7 August 2017

B

"Business Passport"

ID

Valid national identity card

K

Consular passport

KL

Collective passport / collective list

PA

"Public Affairs Passport"

P5

Passport expired for less than five years

SB

Seaman’s book: Only recognized if issued to own citizens.

ST

Student passport

French or Luxembourg identity cards for foreign nationals (these ID cards must prove that the holder has Belgian citizenship); children’s ID for under 15-year olds, for children less than 12 years old travelling accompanied by their parents (also valid without photo); temporary Belgian identity card.

Not to be mistaken with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is not recognised by Switzerland.

The Alien’s Passport issued by Estonia is valid for entry into Switzerland without a residence permit and without a visa for stays of up to 3 months (V1); obligation to hold a visa for stays of more than 3 months.

The Finnish identity card for minors (Minor’s identity card) (violet) and the identity card for foreigners (Identity card) (brown) are not accepted for entry into Switzerland. On the backside of these documents is mentioned explicitly, that these documents are not valid for travelling ("Not valid as a travel document").

Temporary identity cards; child’s laissez-passer for children under 15 years of age (children under 7 also without photo); Swiss foreign resident’s permit with photo; Belgian or Luxembourg identity cards for resident foreigners (these identity cards must prove that the holder has French citizenship).

Identity cards issued to adults since 1 January 2004 are valid for 15 years, even if the period of validity noted on the document is only 10 years.

Identity cards for minors remain valid for a period of 10 years only, regardless of the date of issue.

National passport expired for less than one year; valid child’s passport or child’s identity card (or expired for less than one year); national identity card («Personalausweis») which is valid or expired for less than one year; valid temporary identity card ("Personalausweis").

British passports containing under the heading «nationality» one of the following entries:
◾  "British Citizen" (B.C.);
       ○  visa exemption
◾  "British National (Overseas)" (B.N.O.);
       ○  visa exemption for stays up to 90 days (V1);
       ○  obligation to hold a visa for stays of more than 90 days
◾  "British Overseas Territory Citizen" (B.O.T.C.);
       ○  visa exemption for stays up to 90 days (V1);
       ○  obligation to hold a visa for stays of more than 90 days
◾  "British Overseas Citizen" (B.O.C.);
       ○  visa exemption for stays up to 90 days (V1);
       ○  obligation to hold a visa for stays of more than 90 days
◾  "British Subject";
       ○  visa exemption for stays up to 90 days (V1);
       ○  obligation to hold a visa for stays of more than 90 days
◾  "British Protected Person";
       ○  visa exemption for stays up to 90 days (V1);
       ○  obligation to hold a visa for stays of more than 90 days

Identity cards issued by the United Kingdom that indicate "British Citizen" (B.C.) under the Nationality heading are no longer considered as valid travel documents for Switzerland.

Gibraltar: Identity cards issued by the United Kingdom/Gibraltar that indicate "British Citizen" (B.C.) under the Nationality heading are recognised for entry and stay in Switzerland.

Ordinary Greek passports issued before January 1, 2006, are not valid for entry into Switzerland anymore.

Identity card for Hellenic police personnel

Ordinary passport expired for less than one year; identity card expired for less than one year.

Are also valid for entry into Switzerland:

For children under age 15: birth certificate authenticated by the police or identity card with a photo of the holder; personal identity card for state officials and their family members. Italian paper identity cards (ID cards) carrying the appropriate official stamp that extends the validity of the ID cards. Italian ID cards in credit card format with a separate confirmation of extension are not recognized as valid travel documents.

The Alien’s Passport issued by Latvia (Latvijas Republika) is valid for entry into Switzerland without a residence permit and without a visa for stays of up to 3 months (V1); obligation to hold a visa for stays of more than 3 months.

Latvian passports issued from July 1, 1992, to June 30, 2002, are no longer valid for entry into Switzerland.

Belgian or French identity card for resident foreigners (these ID cards must prove that the holder has Luxembourg citizenship); identity card and children’s travel document for children under age 15.

Laissez-passer for children under 15 years of age, from 7 years of age with photo; Swiss foreign resident’s permit with photo.

The travel document for refugees issued in accordance with the London Agreement of 15 October 1946 or the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 is valid for entry if the document gives evidence that its valid for Switzerland; obligation to hold a visa (V).

Are also valid for entry into Switzerland:

European identity card (ID); Laissez-passer, Belgian or Luxembourg ID card for foreigners which gives evidence of the holder’s Dutch nationality.

"Substitute Identity Card" with the words "NOT VALID FOR TRAVEL!" at the front and "NOT VALID FOR TRAVEL OUTSIDE SCHENGEN AREA" at the back.

Birth certificate (Boletim de nascimento) if the holder is a minor.

The travel document "Titlu de calatorie" in the form of a loose-leaf is accepted for entry into Switzerland.

The Slovak ID card issued to citizens older than 60 years is valid for an unlimited period of time. It contains a dash under the heading "Date of expiry".

The Skatteverkets identitetskort/identity card issued by the Swedish tax office to third-state nationals, even in combination with a residence permit, is also not recognised for entry to Switzerland.

   

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