For up-to-date details on visa requirements, go to the Swiss Federal Office for Migration (Www.Bfm.Admin.Ch).
Visas are not required if you hold a passport from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, whether visiting as a tourist or on business. Citizens of the EU, Norwegians and Icelanders may also enter Switzerland without a visa. A maximum 90-day stay in a 180-day period applies, but passports are rarely stamped.
Other people wishing to come to Switzerland have to apply for a Schengen Visa, named after the agreements that abolished passport controls between 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. It allows unlimited travel throughout the entire zone for a 90-day period. Apply to the consulate of the country you are entering first, or your main destination.
In Switzerland, carry your passport at all times. Swiss citizens are required to always carry ID, so you will also need to be able to identify yourself at any time.
Important information regarding invitation letters (please read):
1 - The invitation letter will be issued after the successful registration.
2 - Your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your passport. Any differences between the name on your passport and the name on your invitation letter or other documentation could lead to a delay and/or denial of your visa.
3 - Please note ISCBI Conferences and the organizing committee of the conference are not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing the Notification of Invitation Letter issued by ISCBI Conferences and conference Committee Board. Should your application be denied, ISCBI Conferences and the organizing committee of the conference cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will ISCBI Conferences and the organizing committee of the conference engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the Embassy on behalf of the applicant. The registration fee cannot be refunded when the VISA application of individual being denied.
4 - It takes time for the Embassy to process the VISA application, please register as early as you can to make sure you have enough time.