Citizens of the EU
EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Switzerland. However, a visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180 day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.
Non-EU citizens 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.
Please also visit the homepage of the State Secretariat for Migration (www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en) to find detailed information of your countries requiring a visa please visit: www.eda.admin.ch
An invitation letter for the purpose of obtaining a travel visa or permission to attend the meeting will be handed out on request after successful registration for the conference.
The average temperature in autumn in Basel is around 12°C.
Please also check www.weather.com (www.weather.com) for up-to-date weather forecasts. Mountain resorts go into snooze mode from mid-October to early December. Prices are up to 50% less than in high season. Sights and restaurants are open fewer days and shorter hours.
The official Swiss currency is the Francs (CHF).
Please note that there are no general bank hours in Switzerland. Most banks are open in the morning hours and just a few hours in the afternoon or early evening.
Major credit cards are accepted at most cashpoints, stores, restaurants and hotels.
• Tipping is not necessary, given that hotels, restaurants, bars and even some taxis are legally required to include a 15% service charge in bills.
• You can round up the bill after a meal for good service, as locals do.
• Hotel and railway porters expect a franc or two per bag.
• Bargaining is non-existent.
English, French, Italian, Romansch and German is spoken by the staff of most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Telephone and internet
Switzerland international pre-dial is +41 (0041).
Public places like airports, universities, libraries, restaurants and cafés may offer "free"-WiFi Hotspots. Public hotspots, like those provided by Swisscom (www.swisscom-mobile.ch), levy a charge – usually around 5 CHF for 30 minutes access over seven days to 125 CHF for 150 hours access over 31 days, payable by credit card or prepaid card sold at Swisscom’s 2200 hotspots.
The electrical power supply in Switzerland is 220v, 50 Hz, AC.
Swiss sockets are recessed, three-holed, hexagonally shaped and incompatible with many plugs from abroad. They usually, however, take the standard European two-pronged plug.
Swiss standard time zone is UTC/GMT +1 hour.
All visitors are advised to have valid international insurance before coming to Switzerland. Citizens of the EU are insured with their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).