Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland officially joins the Schengen space 12 December. Several changes that affect many foreigners visiting or living in Switzerland will take effect.
Switzerland will be able to issue visas for Schengen countries, and visas valid for those countries will be valid in Switzerland “in principle,” notes the Office for Migration, which cautions travelers to nevertheless carry their passports with them.
Citizens of third countries who are resident (green card holders) in the United States or in the United Kingdom or Ireland (the latter two are not members of the Schengen space), and who used to visit Switzerland without a visa, will now have to apply for one to enter the country. South Africans will now need visas.
The Federal site ch.ch has an FAQabout Switzerland and the Schengen agreement.