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Visa Information

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter Switzerland must first obtain a Visa, either a Schengen Visa for a stay of up to 90 days (Type C), or a National Visa for a stay of more than 90 days (Type D).

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

In December 2008, Switzerland became a member of the Schengen Area - where visitors can circulate without border controls, within this group of 26 Schengen Countries:


  •  Austria 
  •  Germany
  • Lithuania
  • Slovakia
  •  Belgium
  •  Greece
  • Luxembourg
  • Slovenia
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Hungary
  • Malta
  • Spain
  •  Denmark
  •  Iceland
  • Netherlands
  •  Sweden
  •  Estonia
  •  Italy
  • Norway
  •  Switzerland
  •  Finland
  •  Latvia
  • Poland
  •  France
  •  Liechtenstein
  • Portugal

European Union and EFTA (European Free Trade Association) citizens must present valid travel document (personal identification, ID Card or a passport). No visa is required.

Canada and USA citizens must present a valid passport. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

For citizens of other countries a valid passport is required, and a visa must be obtained prior to entering Switzerland.

It is responsibility of each participant to apply for the required visa, which must be obtained prior to arrival.

We strongly recommended that visa applications be submitted sufficiently in advance of the Congress, so that a Schengen visa can be issued in time for your travel. Visa applications can be started 3 months prior to the departure date. The time for visa applications to be processed may vary from case to case, but we recommend applying at least 2 months before your departure.

Do you need a visa?

Start here and get tailored information regarding your nationality, legal country of residence, the competent authority to receive your visa application and the possibility to make an appointment for a short-term stay.

Furthermore, visa applicants have the possibility to address their specific requests in their national language to the visa service centers of their legal country of residence to the competent Swiss representations abroad.

More information is available on the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs at the links here.

Find your nearest Swiss Embassy for further information. 


Click here for Visa Tips & Tricks


Contact Information in Basel

Yvonne Mery

Assistant to the Dean and Administration Local Team iHEA Basel 2019 Congress

Faculty of Business and Economics
University of Basel
Peter Merian-Weg 6
P.O. Box
4002 Basel

0041 61 207 33 73


Invitation Letters

A formal invitation letter for visa purposes can be sent by the Organizing Committee. However, this letter does not involve any commitment by the Congress Organizers to cover fees, accommodation, travel expenses or other costs connected to the participation in the Congress.

Should you require a Letter of Invitation, please complete the form here.

This letter will be sent to you via email within (5) business days. 

The Letter of Invitation will only be provided in English. 

·         An invitation letter from iHEA does not guarantee visa approval.

·         The Deadline for requesting an invitation letter is on Friday, June 14th, 2019. 

·         You must be registered for the Congress in order to request a visa letter.

·         The processing time for an invitation letter is five (5) business days.

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