Travel Guide To Switzerland

Indian Embassy in Switzerland

Embassy of India
Kirchenfeldstrasse 28, 3005 Bern, Switzerland
Tel No.: 0041 31 350 11 30 (After office hours/in emergency only:+ 41767763688)
Commercial Enquiries: 0041 31 350 11 39
E-mail: com.berne@mea.gov.in

Visa Process for Indians

The following documents are required to get a Switzerland visa :

  • Original passport with six months validity from the date of arrival in Switzerland along with the old passports
  • The passport should have two blank pages for stamping purpose
  • Visa application forms
  • Cover letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for the last three years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for the last six months

About Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the most remarkable countries in this world. The ravishing landscapes, snowclad mountains, expansive greenery, and slick cities make this country on top of the must-visit lists. The bucketful of fresh air that greets one when landing at the airport is enough to enchant the good that’s about to come. The alpine vistas are picturesque at their best and look nothing short than paintings on canvas.

Top Places to Visit in Switzerland

Switzerland is blessed with plenty of tourist attractions which can make your trip the best one ever. To ensure that you don’t get trapped in the confusion of what to see or what to do in Switzerland, here is a short list of the most popular places to visit in Switzerland. Take a look!

  • Zurich: Regarded as one of the world’s most lively cities, Zurich is the largest and wealthiest metropolis in Switzerland. Be it the scenic lakes, art museums, lush green gardens or quaint restaurants, Zurich offers a diverse travel experience. Some of the best-known places to visit in Zurich include Uetliberg, Lake and Old Town, Zurich Zoo and many others.

  • Geneva: Nestled between the Alpine peaks and hilly terrain of Jura, Geneva is the European seat of UNO and Red Cross which make it one of the most significant cities in Switzerland. Moreover, the city is blessed with various stunning tourist places such as Lake Geneva, Jet d’Eau, St Pierre Cathedral, Mont Salève and Art and History Museum.

  • Lauterbrunnen Valley: One of the most scenic places in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen Valley is situated in the Swiss Alps. The place is known for 300m-­high Staubbach Falls, majestic mountain range and green meadows.

  • Interlaken: Situated between two beautiful lakes, Interlaken is a small town in the Swiss canton of Bern. Some of the best places to visit here include Harder Kulm, Jungfraujoch, Funky Chocolate Club, Schynige Platte and St. Beatus Caves among others.

  • Nendaz: A famous ski resort, Nendaz offers a fantastic view of the Bernese, Valais and Vaud Alps. This one is perfect if you are travelling with your kids as there are many activities that will make the little ones happier than ever.

Other places that you can include in your must-visit places in Switzerland are Montreux, Zermatt, Valais, Lake Lucerne, Vico Morcote and Jungfrau Region.

How to Reach

There are various international airports in the country that act as the connecting points to other countries and cities of the world. Some of the major international airports in Switzerland are Zurich Airport, Geneva Airport and Basel Airport. If you are travelling from India, you can easily find plenty of connecting or direct flights to Switzerland. Major airlines that operate between India and Switzerland include Air France, Air India, Brussels Airlines, Jet Airways, Turkish Airlines and many more.

Best Time to Visit

Switzerland is a country which looks adorable in every season. Hence, the best time to visit it depends on your travel plan. If you wish to go for hiking trails and enjoy the lush greenery of the country, visit it during summer, spring or autumn season. However, if you wish to go for winter sports, opt for a vacation during winters. Before making a plan, do check the climatic conditions and temperature of the places to ensure a wonderful trip.

Things to Pack

Packing essentials like clothes and footwears usually depend on the weather conditions, so do check that before finalizing your things to pack. However, there are some things which you must not forget to pack. Some of them are as follows:

  • Rain Jacket or Umbrella
  • First Aid Kit
  • Important documents like travel insurance policy
  • Portable Charger
  • Toiletry kit

Top Delicacies of the Country

On your trip to Switzerland, try to relish these top delicacies and take the vacation fun to next level:

  • Rösti: Though this potato dish originated in Bern, Rösti is now famous all across the country and even gained fame as a national delicacy. The basic dish consists of fried grated potato, which is often eaten as a side dish along with other Swiss foods.

  • Swiss fondue: This iconic dish is a must-try when in Switzerland. It is prepared with melted cheese, wine, and garlic and other ingredients such as breadcrumbs, olives and onions.

  • Zürcher Geschnetzeltes: A local dish in Zürich, this dish is prepared using veal, brown sauce, white wine, onion and cream. Some people also add mushrooms and veal kidney to get a hearty and meaty dish. Zürcher Geschnetzeltes is best enjoyed with Rösti, rice or noodles.

  • Raclette: A comforting and rich cheese dish, Raclette tastes amazing with Swiss white wine which is perfect for a romantic dinner. So, if you are visiting Raclette with your beloved, give him/her a surprise with a beautiful evening and a delicious dinner date.

Shopping List Essentials

Shopping is one of the best things to do in Switzerland and to help you crack the codes of best shopping places; we have jotted down the list here. Read ahead!

  • Bon Genie: You must not miss this ultimate hub for international fashion in Switzerland. This seven floor shopping mall has a variety of designer shops, bars and restaurants that make it worth visiting.

  • Niederdorf: Located in Zurich, this is not just famous for its fancy shops but also bustling nightlife. So when you visit the city, do not miss this place for the perfect shopping spree.

  • Craft Market: This market is Bern has an exclusive collection of hand-made craft items that are best to shop as souvenirs. The market is open from March to December at the foot of the Bern Cathedral.

  • Old Town: Another shopping jewel in Zurich, this area is famous for international brands, designer boutiques and other quaint shops selling great stuff. There is also a huge toy shop you would love to explore.

  • Bahnhofstrasse: Famous for its elegant luxury stores, bustling bars and jewellery shops, Bahnhofstrasse is another gem in Switzerland where you can shop till you drop.

Top Indian Restaurants in Switzerland

  • Tadka Indian Restaurant
    Location: Quellenstrasse 49, Zurich 8005, Switzerland
    Contact: +41 44 578 06 41

  • Biryani Haus
    Location: Amersbachstrasse 14, Basel
    Contact: 061 683 01 45

  • Indian Village
    Location: Brienzerstrasse 38-42, 3800 Interlaken
    Contact: 033 821 28 81

Healthcare Centres

It is important to be aware of some of the healthcare centres to avoid any mishappenings during your trip. Below is the list of some hospitals you can contact in need:

  • University Hospital of Zurich
    Location: Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zürich, Switzerland
    Contact: +41 44 255 11 11

  • Spital Interlaken
    Location: Weissenaustrasse 27, 3800 Unterseen, Switzerland
    Contact: +41 33 826 26 26

  • Geneva University Hospital
    Location: Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4, 1205 Geneva
    Contact: +41 22 372 33 11

Moreover, for all emergencies, you can dial 112. It is advised that you should buy a travel insurance policy before going on the trip. A travel insurance policy is crucial when you go on an international trip as it helps in tracing the best hospitals in the region to get the appropriate treatment on time.

Currency

The official currency in Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF). The bills are available in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1,000 Swiss francs.

Basics of Local Communication

There are four national languages spoken in Switzerland, namely, German, French, Italian and Romansh. However, do not worry as English is spoken throughout the country making it easy for you to travel and communicate. In case you wish to learn a few words of common usage, you can refer to the information below:

English Arabic English Arabic
Hello Hallo Bonjour Ciao
Good Morning Guten Morgen Bonjour Buongiorno
How much? Wie Viel Combien? Quanto
My Name is… Mein Name Ist Mon Nom Est Mi Chiamo
Thank You Danke Merci Grazie
Yes Ja Oui
No Nein Non No
Help! Hilfe Aidez-Moi Aiuto
I am sorry Es Tut Mir Leid Je Suis Désolé Mi Dispiace
GoodBye Auf Wiedersehen Goodbye Addio

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The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


Trip Delay


 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.

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