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Can I enter the country without a visa?

Switzerland is showing solidarity and will grant exemptions to Ukrainian citizens who do not have a biometric travel document and visa, unless there are compelling reasons in an individual case for refusing entry.

For persons who are outside the Schengen area and contact a Swiss representation there, the normal rules of entry apply. More information here mceclip0.png.

Can I get refugee status in the country?

The status S protection may be granted for the following groups that are non-Ukrainian citizens: Person of other nationalities and stateless persons seeking protection and their family members as defined in para a, who held international or national protection status in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.

Those seeking protection of another nationality and stateless persons as well as their family members as defined in para a, who can prove by means of a valid short-term residence permit or residence permit that they have a valid right of residence in Ukraine and cannot return to their home countries in safety and on a permanent basis.
If third-country nationals who do not fall under the above-mentioned categories apply for Swiss protection, an asylum procedure is carried out. This ensures that all persons who need Switzerlandโ€™s protection are able to receive it. More information here mceclip0.png.

How long can I stay in the country?

Under protection status โ€˜Sโ€™, the persons concerned receive an S permit. This is limited to a maximum of one year, but can be extended. After five years, persons in need of protection may receive a B residence permit, which is valid until the temporary protection is lifted. More information here mceclip0.png.

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