MALT 2015


Practical information

Customs and visa

Switzerland is not a member state of the European Union but it is an associated member state of the Schengen agreement and hence part of the Schengen area. Nevertheless, selective immigration/customs checks on incoming and outgoing travellers are possible at the borders.

Please check the visa requirements for your nationality under the following link: Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality (PDF). Schengen visa are valid for Switzerland and all other areas of the Schengen member states (providing nothing to the contrary is noted on the visa).

The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police maintains a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Visa issues. You can also find links to websites for Swiss embassies and consulates worldwide at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The embassy and consulate websites have very helpful information about procedures, timelines, communities served, required documentation, and fees.


The local currency is the Swiss Frank (CHF), currently worth about 0.94 Euro. Payments in Euro are widely accepted, but often at a somewhat disadvantageous rate. Change is given in CHF.


Italian is the official language of Ticino. In hotels and restaurants you will usually be able to get along in English as well as in French or German.