Key Points  

  • Visa exemption for Australian foreign nationals 
  • Swiss nationals qualify for the Australian Work and Holiday Programme  


The government of Switzerland announced that Australian foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Switzerland without an entry visa beginning 1 Jan. 2022 for non-productive activities. Currently, Australian foreign nationals requiring an entry visa are permitted a short stay in Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days. Australian foreign nationals will still be required to obtain a work permit if they plan to stay in Switzerland for more than three months or to work in Switzerland.  Travelers are subject to existing regulations, including evidencing the financial means to support their stay. 

Beginning 1 Jan. 2022, Swiss nationals will also gain access to the Australian Work and Holiday programme, which is a temporary short-term visa type that allows for select foreign nationals to visit Australia for tourism, short-term work and study and cultural purposes.  

What are the Changes? 

In January 2022, Australian foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Switzerland without an entry visa for non-productive activities, and Swiss nationals will be permitted to apply for the Australian Work and Holiday Programme.  

Looking Ahead 

Continue to check the government of Switzerland website and Envoy's website for additional updates and information. 

Originally published 18 November 2021.

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