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Entering Switzerland

From my understanding to enter Switzerland you have to have the following:
Reminder: Most travellers from the UK 🇬🇧 are unable to enter Switzerland 🇨🇭 due to Covid-19 restrictions until further notice. If you were due to travel to Switzerland, please contact your travel operator.

You can enter Switzerland if:

➡️ you have a Swiss residence permit
➡️ you are already in the Schengen area

I left my B permit in my house I’m Switzerland currently I am in England flying back soon will I be stopped at the border in Zürich?

Thanks for the answers I have tried the embassy but couldn’t get through.

Happy new year all!!!
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Old 31.12.2020, 20:04
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Re: Entering Switzerland

You probably won’t be allowed to board in the first place.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

How did you manage to leave the country in the first place? In the airports they control the swiss permits and passports also on departure.

Call the local swiss embassy asap and get a confirmation that you are a swiss permit owner, otherwise you won't be able to reenter.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

They never asked for it when I flew out of Zurich airport I was flying home to see my elderly mother to take care of her
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Re: Entering Switzerland

You're not going to be able to get hold of any embassy/consulate before Monday now.

As Island Monkey said, without your Swiss permit I doubt the airline will even check you in for the flight.
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Old 31.12.2020, 23:08
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Re: Entering Switzerland

If you can get on board the plane from the UK, your arrival in Switzerland should not be a problem as you will be in the “computer”...
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Old 31.12.2020, 23:20
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Also, Covid aside, I think as of tomorrow, British citizens will always be required to carry their permits whilst travelling, as all Non-EU permit holders are. I wonder if they will be replaced with the biometric cards?
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Has a friend/Neighbour got a key to your place and can go and get permit, scan and send to you?
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They never asked for it when I flew out of Zurich airport I was flying home to see my elderly mother to take care of her
You weren’t coming from a country dealing with a serious outbreak of a new and more infectious COVID variant. You were also flying to your home country so no permit needed.

Returning is a very different animal atm.
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Also, Covid aside, I think as of tomorrow, British citizens will always be required to carry their permits whilst travelling, as all Non-EU permit holders are. I wonder if they will be replaced with the biometric cards?
Would imagine so but probably only as they are renewed I expect.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Thanks for the response
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Also, Covid aside, I think as of tomorrow, British citizens will always be required to carry their permits whilst travelling, as all Non-EU permit holders are. I wonder if they will be replaced with the biometric cards?
All the old style paper permits were due to be converted to the biometric ones by July 2020 but the pandemic has messed up their timing a bit and they are way behind schedule.
Everybody will have them eventually.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

The OP left CH as an EU national and is returning as a non-EU national. Different rules apply for non-EU nationals.

You can avoid having your passport stamped out and in if you present your permis with your passport.

I have a document saved on my phone and iPad called “important documents”. It’s provided useful a few times.

But it isn’t guaranteed to be accepted. If you can have your permis sent to you in the UK, that would be the best.
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I have a document saved on my phone and iPad called “important documents”. It’s provided useful a few times.
Yes, scanned copies of driving licence, passport, C permit, sailing licence, Ski Instructor licence, and just about anything else with a photo or name on it, for both of us, in a backed-up folder called ID Docs. Oops, now the hackers will know where to look...
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The OP left CH as an EU national and is returning as a non-EU national. Different rules apply for non-EU nationals.

You can avoid having your passport stamped out and in if you present your permis with your passport.

I have a document saved on my phone and iPad called “important documents”. It’s provided useful a few times.

But it isn’t guaranteed to be accepted. If you can have your permis sent to you in the UK, that would be the best.
It was one of those emergency flights to get home last minute due to family in the U.K. didn’t think to bring it.
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Also, Covid aside, I think as of tomorrow, British citizens will always be required to carry their permits whilst travelling, as all Non-EU permit holders are. I wonder if they will be replaced with the biometric cards?
I received my C permit renewal a couple of weeks ago - it is a biometric 'credit card' type and identifies GBR as nationality, but is also marked EU/EFTA. Not sure if all EU/EFTA are now issued in this way, or if this is because of Brexit - was surprised to see EU/EFTA still present though.
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It was one of those emergency flights to get home last minute due to family in the U.K. didn’t think to bring it.
No help to you now, but in future keep it with your passport and never leave Switzerland without either.

You need to speak to your airline and see if they will accept a photocopy, then get someone to email you a copy. Either that or get it couriered to you.
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I received my C permit renewal a couple of weeks ago - it is a biometric 'credit card' type and identifies GBR as nationality, but is also marked EU/EFTA. Not sure if all EU/EFTA are now issued in this way, or if this is because of Brexit - was surprised to see EU/EFTA still present though.
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.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Several years ago an airline handled a similar situation as follows:

A Swiss resident with an EU passport was to return from a vacation in a non-EU country but had left her B or C permit in Switzerland. She presented her Swiss driving license and health insurance card as evidence she lived in Switzerland. The airline then called a Swiss resident she knew (in the middle of the night) who confirmed that she lived in Switzerland. The airline was satisfied and she was allowed to board.
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Re: Entering Switzerland

Back in the 80s when I lived in England, I came back from a ski holiday in Switzerland. At Zurich Airport two British friends I was with found they had left their passports in the hotel safe.

Both men had their wives with them and remarkably they were all allowed to board the plane without passports.

At Gatwick the UK immigration officer listened to their sad tale and then said “Who’s been silly boys, then?” and let them through without further ado.

How times have changed...
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