Free movement of persons within the Schengen Area

Switzerland has been a part of the Schengen Area in Europe since 2008.

The Schengen Agreement supports the free movement of persons within the EU member states. This means that regular border controls have been eliminated. Having said that, pursuant to applicable law, travellers (including children and infants) must have identification and carry the accordant travel documents (ID card, passport, emergency passport) with them at all times.

Driving licences, bank and credit cards or similar documents are not recognised as valid travel documents, nor will such be accepted as a means to prove one’s identity.

The Schengen Area encompasses the following member states:

Member states (A-G) Member states (H-N) Member states (N-S)
Member states (A-G) Austria Member states (H-N) Hungary Member states (N-S) Norway
Member states (A-G) Belgium Member states (H-N) Iceland Member states (N-S) Poland
Member states (A-G) Czech Republic Member states (H-N) Italy Member states (N-S) Portugal
Member states (A-G) Denmark Member states (H-N) Latvia Member states (N-S) Slovakia
Member states (A-G) Estonia Member states (H-N) Liechtenstein Member states (N-S) Slovenia
Member states (A-G) Finland Member states (H-N) Lithuania Member states (N-S) Spain
Member states (A-G) France Member states (H-N) Luxemburg Member states (N-S) Sweden
Member states (A-G) Germany Member states (H-N) Malta Member states (N-S) Switzerland
Member states (A-G) Greece Member states (H-N) Netherlands