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VISA requirement for US citizen traveling to Switz frequently over a 6 month period

Hello,

My wife is currently doing research in Switzerland for a period of 6 months. I have visited on 2 separate occasions already for about a month each, so a total of 2 months. Then I have returned to the US after each of these visits.

I am about to go back to the US for 3 weeks and then I will come back to Switzerland for about another 3-4 weeks in October. After that, I will return to the US for 2 weeks. Then I will return one more time to Switzerland in November and leave after 4 weeks to go back to the US for good in December.

Do I need a VISA with all of these trips? From what I read I cannot be in the country for 90 continuous days. But I believe I can be in the country for up to 6 months total for a given year. I am not looking to work during this time, but just a visitor or tourist I guess.

Thanks you in advance for any help. I just want to make sure I understand the rules correctly.
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Old 12.09.2009, 17:30
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Re: VISA requirement for US citizen traveling to Switz frequently over a 6 month peri

You'll find lots of information on the following link:

http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...nf/visusa.html
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Old 12.09.2009, 17:48
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Hello,

My wife is currently doing research in Switzerland for a period of 6 months. I have visited on 2 separate occasions already for about a month each, so a total of 2 months. Then I have returned to the US after each of these visits.

I am about to go back to the US for 3 weeks and then I will come back to Switzerland for about another 3-4 weeks in October. After that, I will return to the US for 2 weeks. Then I will return one more time to Switzerland in November and leave after 4 weeks to go back to the US for good in December.

Do I need a VISA with all of these trips? From what I read I cannot be in the country for 90 continuous days. But I believe I can be in the country for up to 6 months total for a given year. I am not looking to work during this time, but just a visitor or tourist I guess.

Thanks you in advance for any help. I just want to make sure I understand the rules correctly.
Even if you do not work here, you might nevertheless become taxable in CH.
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Re: VISA requirement for US citizen traveling to Switz frequently over a 6 month peri

Did you find the answers to your questions? I am curious about the same thing.
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Re: VISA requirement for US citizen traveling to Switz frequently over a 6 month peri

What about travelling for a US business? If headquarters for the company are in the US but you plan to be in switzerland at least 6 months a year, on average 1x a month then is a visa required?
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What about travelling for a US business? If headquarters for the company are in the US but you plan to be in switzerland at least 6 months a year, on average 1x a month then is a visa required?
For any 6-month period, you cannot be in the Schengen zone for more than 90 days... that's the rule for the visa free entry for US citizens...
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For any 6-month period, you cannot be in the Schengen zone for more than 90 days... that's the rule for the visa free entry for US citizens...
And to elaborate, that's 90 days within any 180-day period. Every new time you've entered Switzerland (or the Schengen area, to be more precise), a new 180-day clock begins and you are only allowed to be in the country (area) for a total of 90 days, however you want to divvy them up.
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Re: VISA requirement for US citizen traveling to Switz frequently over a 6 month peri

I did alot of travel when my wife was living in CH and me in NY over a period of 9 months, never had a problem with any visa requirements. My stays were never over 90 days.

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