Situation in Afghanistan - important information
The requirements for entry and residence in Switzerland in relation to the current situation in Afghanistan are as follows:
According to the Asylum Act, asylum applications cannot be submitted abroad.
In principle, Swiss law provides that persons who are in concrete, immediate and serious danger may apply for a humanitarian visa. An application for a humanitarian visa must be submitted in person to a visa section of a Swiss representation offering consular services. Please note that the Embassy of Switzerland in Tashkent does not offer consular services and cannot issue humanitarian visas.
To apply for a humanitarian visa the following requirements must be fulfilled cumulatively:
- The person concerned must be in individual and immediate life-threatening danger due to the situation in Afghanistan. Merely belonging to a possibly endangered group is not sufficient.
- The person concerned must also have a close and current connection to Switzerland, such as close and regular family ties to relatives living in Switzerland or a long previous stay in Switzerland with close links to Switzerland, or was exposed by employment for a Swiss state organisation until immediately before the Taliban took power. For members of the nuclear family (i.e. spouse and minor children) there is the possibility of family reunification in accordance with the ordinary provisions of the law on foreigners.
If you meet the requirements listed above and need additional information, please contact the Swiss representation in Islamabad: