Switzerland visa requirements for Emiratis

Travel and visa requirements

Swiss Visa is not required for Emiratis

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • The United Arab Emirate citizens are free to visit Switzerland without applying and obtaining a visa if they intend to stay in the country for less than 90 days.
  • Passports of visitors must be valid for at least six months after the planned date of departure from Switzerland.
  • It is recommended that visitors should provide one blank page of their passports for entry stamps.
  • There are no legal requirement for visitors to provide a certificate of vaccination before entering Switzerland.
  • All travellers are not required to pay any airport tax upon departing from the airport.
  • Absinthe and its imitations and anaesthetic drugs coming from all countries are prohibited.
  • Firearms up to two only for hunting and up to two for sporting allowed into Switzerland without a permit if the bearer proves that they will be used in a sports competition or a hunting event.
  • Switzerland uses the Central European Standard Time, hence, United Arab Emirates is 3 hours ahead of Switzerland.
  • The estimated flight time from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates to Switzerland is 6 hours, 27 minutes.
  • Switzerland is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest nominal wealth per adult.
  • The climate of Switzerland is generally temperate but can vary greatly between the localities.
  • Switzerland inhabitants speak four national languages, mainly German, French in the west, Italian in the south and the fourth national language, Romansh, a Romance language spoken locally in the southeastern trilingual canton of Grison although English is increasingly popular.
  • Switzerland has no official state religion though most of the cantons except Geneva and Neuchatel, recognise official churches such as the Roman Catholic Church and the Swiss Reformed Church.
  • Coffee in Zurich is the most expensive in the world costing an average CHF3.65 (USD 3.65) in the Coffer Price Index 2016.
  • Switzerland is prepared for a nuclear war if there ever was one as there are enough nuclear fallout shelters to accommodate its entire human population.
  • Switzerland is one of the world’s best places to be born, live and be happy according to consistently high rankings in global reports. 
  • Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates of industrialised countries despite liberal Swiss gun laws
  • Switzerland’s Gotthard tunnel is the longest in the world measuring 57km in length, located 2.3km under the Alps, it is 7km longer than the Channel Tunnel between England and France.
  • The Swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world with a record of around 11kg per year.
  • In Switzerland, there are two associated plug types, types C and J with a standard supply voltage of 230V and 50Hz.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there Airports in Switzerland?

There are seven airports in Switzerland that serve domestic and international flights to and from Switzerland, plus a number of private Swiss airports. The busiest and  largest airports in Switzerland are Zurich, Geneva Cointrin, and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Zurich is the country's most populated city, and as such, it receives the greatest amount of annual flight traffic

Is it safe to visit Switzerland?

Travelling in Switzerland is considered safe as the country is highly ranked on the list of the safest and most dangerous countries. Violent crime is very rare in the country but petty crimes like pickpocketing and phone snatching are on the rise in recent years particularly in the big cities like Geneva.

What is the legal drinking age in Switzerland?

The legal drinking age in Switzerland is 16 for beer, wine and cider and 18 for spirits. The canton of Ticino prohibits selling and consumption of any type of alcohol by minors under the age of 19.

Are there medical services in Switzerland?

Healthcare in Switzerland is universal and is regulated by the Swiss Federal Law on Health Insurance. There are no free state-provided health services but private health insurance is compulsory for all persons residing in Switzerland.