Switzerland
Practical information

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VisaVISA

Nationals of countries in the European Union (EU), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), States that are part of the Schengen area, and Israel, North America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Singapore do not require a visa to enter Switzerland.
Within a 90-day limit, an identity card or a valid passport is sufficient.
For longer stays, a visa will be required.
If you are a resident of another country, you must obtain a visa to enter Switzerland.

HealthHEALTH

No vaccinations are required for entry into Switzerland.
However, it is recommended to be up to date with your hepatitis A and B, diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP) and pertussis vaccinations.

Precautions:
Ensure you have a European Health Insurance Card.
It is advisable to take out accident and repatriation insurance, as the costs for treatment and emergency services are the responsibility of the patient.

ElectricityELECTRICITY

230 volts
E-type plug
Frequency: 50Hz
Two-pin plug
Bring an adapter

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MoneyMONEY

Currency:
The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF).
1 USD = 0.99 CHF*
1 GBP = 1.21 CHF*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only

Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in international banks and airports.
In Switzerland, you can change money in banks, airports, large train stations and major hotels.

Tips
Tipping is optional in Switzerland since service is included in the price. If you plan to leave a tip, round up to the next franc.

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TravelTRAVEL

The train network (CFF in French and SBB in German) serves most of the country. This is the most used means of transport in Switzerland.
In Lausanne, you can travel on the underground (M2). A Mobilis pass allows you to travel on bus and underground lines. There is also a Galaxy card for occasional trips.
The bus network is primarily for travelling between cities, to destinations not served by trains.
Cycling is very popular in Switzerland. You can borrow free bikes in Lausanne for example, but also hired them at stations.
Taxis are an expensive option. They are reputed to be the most expensive in the world.

Key numbersKEY NUMBERS

In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of any type.
Ambulance: 144
Police: 117
Fire service: 118

LanguageLANGUAGE

There are four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh.

A few phrases to remember :

Hello (in the morning): Guete morge
Hello (during the day): Guete tag; Grüezi; Grüezi mitenand (when speaking to several people) Grüessech
Good evening: Gueten abig
Good night: Guete nacht
Hello!: Halloo !; Hoi !; Salüü !
Goodbye: Adee; Adie; Adiöö; Auf widerluege
Goodbye: Tot ziens
Please: Bitte
Excuse me: Axgüsi; Tschuldigung
Sorry: Entschuldige
Yes: Ja; Jo; Mol
No: Näi
Thank you: Merci; Tanke

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As of 12 November 2014, this visa facilitation covers the following countries

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