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Visa procedures

​Citizens of a number of countries are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Switzerland. The visa must be requested and obtained from the office (embassy or consulate) representing Switzerland in your country or, if there is no such office in your country, from the one that is closest to the country of departure. If problems are encountered, the Union can, at the official request of the administration you represent, approach the competent Swiss authorities in order to facilitate delivery of the visa.
To comply with the procedure applicable for ITU meetings held in Geneva, you are requested to provide the following information and documents upon confirmation of your registration:

1. A letter (on official letterhead, including the address and the signatory's typed title and name), signed by the person responsible for the delegate's entity and specifying the name of the delegate, his/her date of birth, and passport number and expiry date, along with a clear and legible copy of his/her passport.

2. The number of the confirmation received together with a copy of the delegate's duly completed registration form.

The above information and documents must be sent to the registration service (
Upon receipt of this letter by the Registration Service, a request for visa support will be faxed to the Swiss Embassy/Consulate covering your country with a confirmation of the action taken to the person having sent the official letter. The processing of a request for visa support may take up to 21 days.
Please note the message received from the Swiss mission concerning the obtention of visas:
Switzerland has implemented necessary measures to facilitate the issuance of visas for official delegates invited to take part in conferences and international meetings with organizations having concluded a headquarters agreement as well as other persons invited in the framework of good offices.

The time needed for a visa request to be processed may vary from case to case and could also depend on local circumstances.  It is therefore strongly recommended to take the necessary steps well in advance so visas can be issued as required.  In general, exceptions excluded, visa requests can be lodged at the earliest three months before the departure date and at the latest twenty one days before the departure date.  All visa pplicants should submit completed and signed application forms as well as all other necessary documents.  Applications which are not complete will be delayed and not registered until complete.