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Old 01.01.2021, 14:33
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Did you have your biometrics taken? If not it's the new EU non-biometric style card. I guess they had to issue these to Brits until today.
I was told to report for biometrics, but it was just a photo and signature which are embedded in the card. I just checked this link and it is indeed one of the non-chip cards now being issued to EU/EFTA.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Embassy response below for anyone else in a similar situation

Thanks for your question.

From 1 January 2021 until further notice, UK nationals will only be permitted to enter Switzerland with a valid residence permit. In order to enter the country and pass through immigration, you will need to carry your original residence document with you. A digital scan or photocopy will not be accepted.

Please check if you have a stamp in your British passport confirming your Swiss residence status. If you do, you may be able to enter Switzerland without your physical residence permit. Please contact the Swiss Embassy in London or the cantonal immigration office in your place of residence to confirm whether this applies in your case. If not, they may be able to provide you with an official letter or document to prove your residency, which would enable you to pass Swiss border control.
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Old 01.01.2021, 16:42
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Embassy response below for anyone else in a similar situation

Thanks for your question.

From 1 January 2021 until further notice, UK nationals will only be permitted to enter Switzerland with a valid residence permit. In order to enter the country and pass through immigration, you will need to carry your original residence document with you. A digital scan or photocopy will not be accepted.

Please check if you have a stamp in your British passport confirming your Swiss residence status. If you do, you may be able to enter Switzerland without your physical residence permit. Please contact the Swiss Embassy in London or the cantonal immigration office in your place of residence to confirm whether this applies in your case. If not, they may be able to provide you with an official letter or document to prove your residency, which would enable you to pass Swiss border control.
What will you do then? Let us know how it worked out.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

That is what the British think the Swiss will do. Suggest you contact the Swiss Embassy to get their version.
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Old 01.01.2021, 17:06
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That was the Swiss embassy
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Old 01.01.2021, 19:37
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Re: Entering Switzerland

So what is your plan?
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Re: Entering Switzerland

It appears Ďproof of residenceí is key here. Do you have a copy of your rental agreement or other documentation you can show on arrival at the airport? The FCO website has a ton of info here...
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Re: Entering Switzerland

You should move to Mexico once you like soap opera. ;-).

Get the plane and when you land here, you show your paperwork...

You forgot/lost your permit... thatís it. You arenít coming as a tourist...

Ps.: please no more soap opera ehehehhe
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Old 01.01.2021, 21:25
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Get the plane and when you land here, you show your paperwork...
They won't be allowed on the plane..... that's the point ..... please keep up!

They are accepting a document called "Laissez-passer" for entry into Switzerland, I wonder if this could be obtained from the Swiss Embassy in London? Or from your Gemeinde via email?
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Airline does not necessary have to refuse the boarding - they just sometimes do in order to avoid carrying the person back at the airline's expense (if the passenger was denied entry to the destination country), so an informal pre-screening is in the interest of the airline company. But I think that there is margin for flexibility and common sense there, someone else posted in this thread anecdotes when circumstantial proof was enough. If you don't have anything to loose - it might make sense to give it a shot anyway and see if you will manage to convince them to let you board the place
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Itís discritionary to the carrier... Iíve passed thru that going to another country where Iím resident. Just a photo of my ID was enough.

Itís important to highlight that we arenít the carrier... we donít hold the absolute truth... with that being said, let him at least try...

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They won't be allowed on the plane..... that's the point ..... please keep up!

They are accepting a document called "Laissez-passer" for entry into Switzerland, I wonder if this could be obtained from the Swiss Embassy in London? Or from your Gemeinde via email?
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Greetings all and Happy New Year!

I flew back from Gatwick yesterday - spookily quiet and only 23 on the plane...
That aside, there was no way anyone was getting on the plane without a resident's permit. I was asked for it four times during the check-in process ( i.e. from bag drop through to actually getting on the plane) and of course when I arrived here, I was asked again.

Sorry I can't give you more hope on this one. Good luck!

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Old 02.01.2021, 15:02
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It appears Ďproof of residenceí is key here.
How do Swiss prove Swiss residence? :

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Re: Entering Switzerland

My partner flew back today from Manchester, and concurs, no-one is getting on that plane without a Swiss passport, or Swiss permit, or an official document.
Surprisingly she saw a British family trying to fly, didn't even live here!
Also a 'left my permit at home' person, who was told to call some number.
Permit also checked in Zurich.
Everyone on the flight had a row to themselves.
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Iíve landed today at Zurich and I didnít seen anyone being checked regarding permit. Iíve seen drugs control....
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Old 02.01.2021, 20:22
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How do Swiss prove Swiss residence? :

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Proof of residence for non-Swiss and a Swiss passport for the Swiss, resident or not Swiss nationals will not be refused entry...
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Is there any update on this? OP, did you manage to get back to Switzerland and what did you have to do?
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Re: Entering Switzerland

From Uk Embassy in Bern right now.

There have been some questions around travelling to Switzerland 🇨🇭 and transit to France 🇫🇷 under the current COVID-19 regulations:
▪ All UK nationals will be refused entry to Switzerland unless they can show an original residence permit or original work permit for Switzerland.
▪ If you only have a copy of your residence permit, other proof of residence or proof of exemption you will have to apply for a Laissez Passer issued by the Swiss Embassy in London. ➡ eda.admin.ch/london
▪ UK nationals arriving in Geneva airport in transit to France are not currently allowed entry into Switzerland and therefore cannot travel through to France. A French Residence permit will not allow you entry into Switzerland.
You must be able to prove that you meet these requirements with suitable documentary proof at the border.
Please note that the airlines themselves decide on the conditions on which they carry passengers and we would advise you to speak to your airline in advance.
For information on travelling in general, please go to gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland
For further information on entering Switzerland please visit http://sem.admin.ch/.../faq-einreiseverweigerung.html... or sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/themen/arbeit/uk/faq.html.
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Old 06.01.2021, 13:51
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Jackie, the link below is broken - can you repost it please?

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