Relaxation of Entry Restrictions

Relaxation of Entry Restrictions
05.05.2020

Authors: Stefan Müller, Sabine Taxer
Subject Area: Immigration Law

Relaxation of Entry Restrictions

The Federal Council plans to gradually relax the restrictions on entry imposed as a result of the coronavirus crisis in step with the gradual reopening of the economy. From 11 May 2020 onwards, applications submitted by workers from the EU/EFTA and third countries before 25 March 2020 will be processed (the backlog will be reduced). From this date, it should also be possible for family members of Swiss citizens and EU citizens to enter Switzerland. Border controls, however, will remain in place.

The following initial steps to ease the lockdown on movement of people will come into effect on 11 May 2020 :

  • The cantons will process all applications for residence permits and cross-border commuter permits submitted by workers from an EU or EFTA member state before the introduction of entry restrictions (25 March 2020). The same applies for notification of commencement of work for short deployments with an employer in Switzerland and for cross-border services provided for a maximum of 90 days a year.
  • New notifications for cross-border services will again be processed in accordance with the usual terms of the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons provided the service provision is based on a written contract signed before 25 March 2020. For example, a mechanic from Germany may install a machine previously ordered by a Swiss company.
  • Workers from third countries who already have a permit to work in Switzerland, but who were not issued a visa because of the restrictions imposed on entry, are now permitted to enter the country.
  • Applications to employ persons from third countries submitted before the restrictions on this category came into effect (19 March 2020) will now be processed. They will be approved provided the provisions of the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act are met and the person(s) in question can actually take up the position.
  • Family reunification for family members of Swiss citizens is again possible. The same applies for family members of people from EU/EFTA countries living in Switzerland.
  • The current border controls will continue. Additional border crossings will be opened in order to avoid excessive waiting times. Flights from abroad will still only be able to land at Zurich, Geneva or Basel airports so that sufficient border controls can be made.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or tax advice. This content is not meant to replace individual advice from competent professionals in a specific case.

 

Müller Stefan
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