French visa for Swiss citizens

A visa is NOT required for Swiss passport holders visiting France for a short-term stay: Freedom of movement.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For Swiss citizens to enter France for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required Freedom of movement
Evisa France e-visa for Swiss citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival France visa on arrival for Swiss citizens Not Available

France tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding Swiss passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in France.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from France.

If you are looking for France visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Switzerland, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of France nearest your place of residence.

  • Bern: The Embassy of France in Bern, Switzerland (Working hours: Close now. Open in 7 hours 34 minutes)
  • Geneva: The Consulate General of France in Geneva, Switzerland (Working hours: Close now. Open in 7 hours 34 minutes)
  • Zurich: The Consulate General of France in Zurich, Switzerland (Working hours: Close now. Open in 7 hours 34 minutes)

France visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest France diplomatic mission offices to Switzerland for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from Switzerland traveling to France from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (Switzerland) estimated Change (%)
2008 6,076,000 N/A
2009 6,014,000 -1.02%
2010 5,890,000 -2.06%
2011 6,262,000 6.32%
2012 6,014,000 -3.96%
2013 6,386,000 6.19%
2014 6,200,000 -2.91%
2015 5,952,000 -4.00%
2016 6,324,000 6.25%
2017 6,324,000 0.00%
2018 6,262,000 -0.98%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

France & Switzerland comparison

France's area is approximately 547,557 km2 (211,412 sq mi), while the area of Switzerland is approximately 39,516 km2 (15,257 sq mi). This means Switzerland is 13.86 times smaller than France.

As of June 2021, France's population is ~71.8 million people - 60,258,918 more people than the population of Switzerland.

We have highlighted France & Switzerland’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

France Switzerland Difference
Population (est 2021) 71,843,781 11,584,863 60.3 million more people live in France than Switzerland
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 267 146 France has 121 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with Switzerland.
Travel freedom (2021) 143 142 France passport holders can visit 1 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 479 268 French hosts 211 more foreign missions than Switzerland.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from Switzerland travel to France in one year?

The number of visitors from Switzerland visiting France in 2018 was approximately 6,262,000.

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